It has been our ambition for many years to provide a range of mill spun yarn from our rescue sheep fleece.
Due to the dismantling of small scale plant in Australia, this had not been possible. Fortunately, this is now turning around and small scale operations have been revived and we are proud to support local enterprises.
Fleece going to a commercial mill must be scoured. .
We skirt our fleeces at shearing and grade them by type, most importantly by colour, length and micron. The fleece destined for yarn is them bagged and we drive it 100k to a small batch scouring plant on the outskirts of Melbourne.
Once cleaned the fleece is transported to a mill in central Victoria.
Here the fleece is put through commercial sized pickers, drums, and cards to produce ‘top’.
The next stage is for the top to go through the gill and other processes, to be finally made into yarns of specified weights
From there the yarn is wound into hanks and steamed to set the twist, before being packed for collection.
Our 2018 range includes:
- 5 ply (Sports) yarn in 100g skeins Still available
- 8 ply (DK) yarn in 100g skeins Sold out
- 10 ply (Aran) yarn in 100g skeins Sold out
At time we may have a small range of hand dyed yarn, using natural plant based dyes.
2021 UPDATE: Shearing was done in late November 2020. We are yet to sort the fleeces. Once done we will need to access other suppliers to scour and process fleece into yarn
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