Making Yarn: Straight from the Barn

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Re: Making Yarn: Straight from the Barn

Unread post by Farmfresh » Sat Jul 27, 2019 12:52 pm

Wow. Look at those beautiful curly locks. So LONG too. I am impressed.
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Unread post by Rhodie Ranch » Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:15 pm

gorgeous!

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Unread post by bittersweetbranch » Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:10 pm

Okay...so you can see in the bottom picture how the locks should look while they are drying. When they are dry, you want to separate the locks. You do this by finding the end of the lock that was furthest from the body. You can see the yellow tips in the picture. Hold tightly to the tip and pull. You will also remove any left over vegetable matter that you come across. It seems every time you move the wool, new pieces of vegetable matter show up. All of the women in the you tube videos actually keep sheets over their laps while working the wool because all of the stuff just falls out and it's quite messy. This is as far as I have taken the wool so far. I did buy a postal scale and am selling the pulled locks by the ounce. I have sold bags on ebay and etsy already. Here are pictures of the silver lamb wool after it was washed and pulled.
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Re: Making Yarn: Straight from the Barn

Unread post by bittersweetbranch » Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:13 pm

After I had bags ready to sell of both colors of the long wool I was ready to start the California Red short wool processing. It is much different. It seems to need a lot more prepping to sell at a decent price than the long locks. This is a picture of the short wool after it was dryed.
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Unread post by Farmfresh » Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:21 pm

I am loving this!
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Unread post by bittersweetbranch » Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:41 pm

So, an absolutely amazing difference after carding. When you are satisfied with the way the wool looks on the carders, you peel it off all in one piece (just like cleaning out your hair brush). And roll it. Like a sausage. These are called rolags. They are ready for the spinning wheel. This is how I will sell my short wool right now. Still by the ounce, but in rolags instead of locks. Aren't they fun looking? I am so loving this right now. Every night I can't wait to get all of my other work done so that I can sit down and prep this wool. I haven't listed any of the rolags for sale yet because I haven't decided the best way to ship them. The locks just go into a gallon zip lock bag and into a large envelope. These are a lot larger and will have to have a box, which I have gotten from the usps, but I think they should be wrapped in something inside the box also. Haven't decided what yet, but it can't have any dye or anything in it.
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Re: Making Yarn: Straight from the Barn

Unread post by Farmfresh » Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:07 pm

How about just plain white tissue paper?
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Re: Making Yarn: Straight from the Barn

Unread post by bittersweetbranch » Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:58 pm

Sorry everybody, I don't know what happened to a section of my thread, so this is going to be out of order. After the short wool is dried, it can be sold just like it is but I don't think it looks very nice and you won't get a good price for it like that. It is really lumpy and dull and still has a lot of vegetable matter in it. So my hubby bought me a pair of wool carders. Carders are like giant dog flicker brushes. They are about 9x5 inches and have little metal spikes on them. There are 72 spikes per square inch.
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Re: Making Yarn: Straight from the Barn

Unread post by bittersweetbranch » Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:15 am

First, you need to load the carders. You just pull off chunks of the wool that is dry and you "snag" it on the wires. You should try to have all of the wool running the same direction. Same as it would hang on the sheep with the tips hanging off of the edge. You only load 1 carder. The other is left empty. If you are right handed, you load the carder that is in your left hand. You hold the carders, one in each hand, with the handles pointing outward away from your body. The carder with the wool on it is face up with the wool showing. The other carder is face down. You begin by lightly and slowly "combing" the wool with the empty carder. If you have long hair pets or daughters with long hair that get rats and knots a lot you know how to do this. Start at the end and work your way up. When you have successfully combed all of the wool off of the carder in your left hand and it is now on the carder in your right hand, you switch the carders and do it again. You continue to do this until you are happy with the way the wool looks. Until it is smooth and flowing and you can't see any more vegetable matter.
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Re: Making Yarn: Straight from the Barn

Unread post by Rhodie Ranch » Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:49 am

I've heard of carders but didn't know how or why. Thanks!

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