Tuesday, October 13, 2009

That Sure is a Big Box........

This really big box was on my front porch when I came home from school today. This past Friday Zeilinger's called to tell me my roving and felt batting was ready to ship. It was $45 to ship it.......good grief, what were they shipping me??? Now please keep in mind in August I took 34 lbs of Cotswold and Shetland wool to the Michigan Fiber Show to get processed. This is my first endeavor in doing anything with my wool in all the years I have had sheep. But it is a goal of mine to learn to work with and appreciated my sheep for what the gift of wool they give.

Of course, I had no idea what or how much I would be getting back................

............so when I broke the tape seal imagine my surprise when I saw all of this!!!! All I thought was, "Now what the heck am I going to do with all of this?!" I am thinking I will be busy this winter.......let's see, first on the list is a spinning wheel from Santa, spinning classes, more felting classes..............yep, should be a busy winter!

This roving is from my fawn kat ewes fleeces.........I can't believe so soft it is and how well it cleaned up because I picked and picked ti ll I could pick no more so I was very pleased when I saw the roving and batting!!!

This is roving from my Black Cotswolds. Most the wool I took up went to roving and batting from the Cotswolds. I have had my Cotswolds longer than the Shetlands. I am pretty excited now that I finally have taken the first steps to making a true product from my little farm:) Its all a process but its getting there.

Jed is just concerned that I have not decided on who is in his breeding group this year as last year Jammer left him with only 3 girls. I don't want to hurt his feelings but I have not even thought about it...........maybe I will give him the year off........okay I should at least give him one girl so he doesn't hate on me; afterall, he is such a handsome, loveable kinda guy:)


Michelle said...

Does Jed need to move here? :-)

I should have someone shoot me for writing this, but I would be interested in buying a little of your cotswold roving just to be able to try a new breed. Let me know how much for 4 oz., plus shipping to 97101.

Garrett808 said...

OH I 'heart" Jed so much! Barley was his full brother and he was amazingly soft and consistent. Juliann does good breedings :) If you ever decide to sell him, give me a holler!

Michelle said...

Hey! I think my comment appeared first, and I CLEARLY indicated an interest. So you are second in line for Jed, Garrett!

Anonymous said...

wow that is alot. I will be looking forward to hear and see what you do with it all.

Tammy said...

I think Jed will need at LEAST two ewes.. you don't want just one little lamb running around do you??? If you want to sell some of the extra roving to help 'recover' (ha ha) costs, you can list it on some of the fiber yahoo groups. You can do searches on that type of roving on etsy or just the internet to get a general idea of what to charge per ounce. Looks like lovely stuff!

kristi said...

Hi Michelle!
Jed is such an awesome boy and pathetically friendly. We hug daily and have scratches:) I would love to send you some roving! The average price I have seen is $1.50 per oz. I will check on the shipping cost and email you....thanks:)

Jed said he loves OH weather...too much snow up your way:) However, he would love to sell you a nice single coated off spring with good micron results one day:) Jed is truly one of a kind and though I am new to all this Shetland stuff, I know I have a gem with him and would not compromise anything but the best for him:)

thanks for stopping by...I have lots of hope for all my wool:)

yes, it appears that I have investd a nice sum of money in all that wool....gotta get selling, sewing, good grief me and my ideas:)

ae1501 said...

Jed's looking mighty fine. $45 to ship! Holy Moly. Soooooo when can I expect to see some of your handiwork?

Deb W said...

We handspinners keep wondering when you Shetland (and Cotswold, in this case) folks will start selling some of your fleece, roving, anything!?

Thanks again for the tips on Amish country. Using your favorites as a guide, we made a big loop from Kidron (first stop, Lehmans!) then after lunch at Mrs. Yoder's in Mt. Hope, it was on to Berlin and your favorite Country Primitives. We just had time to make it to Walnut Creek and drop a little $$$ there before heading back to the hotel. The bulk spice prices are incredible!!! We had a WONDERFUL time.

Michelle said...

Deb, I know a whole BUNCH of Shetland breeders who sell their fleeces and roving (including me and now Kristi)! Where have you been hiding?