Wonders of wool

Looking at the end of the carding process

The fleeces from our mixed flock have always proved to be a bit of a problem to get rid of.  Up to now a select few have been passed on to a some of those we know who are into woolly crafts but the majority end up getting a few pounds through the normal Wool Marketing Board route.

Checking some carded wool

So last Thursday we had a trip to see whether we could make a little bit more of this product with a visit to Halifax Spinning Mill (which is actually near Goole).  We had a fascinating look around, seeing the process from carding through spinning to the final balls of wool.  Spindle spinning and ‘rope’ making were also little asides to the tour.

Our trip culminated in us looking at the quality of our own Flexigraze fleeces to see whether they were good enough to turn into something we could sell.  A few unwrapped fleeces soon indicated that we actually have some good quality wool, particularly from the rare breeds such as Shetland and Manx. We also have a few tips to help us get clean, quality fleeces from the sheep we shear this coming season so that an even better batch can go to be processed next year.

Using a drop spindle for spinning

In the meantime we look forward to our first batch of Flexigraze yarn as well as some garden twine made from the lesser quality wool. We will be selling this locally to help fund conservation grazing in the North East along with the meat that we already have on offer.

It was a fascinating day out and thanks to Paul at the mill for showing us around and passing on some of his knowledge and enthusiasm to us all.

Please check this web site for further details of the wool when it comes back from the mill and is available to anyone with a knitting, crocheting or other woolly pastime to pursue!

Checking over one of our fleeces