Because each flock of sheep is comprised of individuals with differing fleece colors annually (a "vintage"), give us a call to see what vintages are going to be available this year. Sometimes we have a fleece or two from a prior year as well. In general, you can count on us for nature's perfect palette from dark to light: black, espresso brown, cafe latte brown, grey smoke, champagne, silver, and white. Because Kim is a spinner/knitter, she is breeding and managing for hand-spinning quality fleece. (Any wool of lesser quality ends up getting stuffed in catnip mice or used for tomato garden mulching.) Our full fleeces are professionally shorn annually. These fleeces are extremely high quality, and are very carefully kept: Covered year round, they are skirted very heavily, with counts ranging from 20 to 24 microns, and staple lengths of 2 to 3 inches. .The micron count is the diameter of an individual fiber, so is an indication of the fineness of the wool. Finer wools are more comfortable next to the skin, and the testing that I have done even gives a "comfort factor" to the fleeces -- ours our usually in the 90% for comfort. Heavier gauge fleeces are well suited to creations such as rugs.
Roving (cleaned and carded wool, ready to spin) comes in all of our natural colors; feel free to call and we'll be happy to tell you what vintages are on hand. Roving sells for $25.00 per pound.
Yarn availability follows the same course as our fleeces: It depends what we raised that year! Our yarn is custom spun, which means that only OUR wool goes into OUR yarn. In some commercial operations, the fleeces from many different flocks/farms/etc. goes into a batch, and then everyone receives a portion of the finished yarn. When you buy our yarn, it is up to our quality standards and comes only from our own sheep. Typically, we have it spun into a 2-ply sport weight, and is made up in to 400 yard skeins that are $12.00 each (most typical for knitters), or it can be sold on cones (usually used by weavers). Our yarns are available in the natural colors of the sheep; they can also be custom dyed. In fact, Kim is an expert and an instructor-demonstrator for Solar dyeing techniques, which produce lovely results. After she weaves the fabric, or if she is going to dye an entire warp, Kim will lay plastic out on the back deck, layer the woven goods next, hand pour dye over it, and let it bake in the sun for hours. The dye strikes at 150 degrees, which is quite easy to do in a Central Virginia summer. If going green appeals to you, it would be hard to beat Solar dyeing of home-grown, custom-spun wool yarns for your next project.