Last fall we purchased a number of yummy alpaca fleece and a few weeks ago we took those fleece and some sheep fleece on a road trip. Our first stop was the home of wonderful friends Patty and Arthur. They graciously shared their home with with us and Patty even helped with our project. With lovely warm weather and lots of sunshine it was easy to skirt all those fleece. OK. Perhaps easy is not the best word. Some better words would be dirty, poopy, straw and grass-filled, and sometimes smelly. Despite all those words, the bright sun and great company made it a lot easier to get through two full days of skirting.
Once we had beautiful fleece done, we brought it to our friends at The Mill at the Meadowlands. Ruth Lamb and Paulette Ringley run an environmentally friendly mill that has antique equipment all restored to perfect working order. They were so helpful as we all sorted, weighed, and tagged the fleece.
So, what's to become of all this delicious fleece? The mill will processes it into roving and then our amazing hand spinner, Angela, will magically spin it all into beaded yarn! Yes, you heard correctly. Bead Biz will have our own beaded yarn available in time for the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival (Rhinebeck).
We're just a couple of bead chicks who found fiber and came over to the dark side. It's OK though, we brought cookies :)