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Any knitters want wool?

Here's the deal: Every year, the sheep at the sanctuary get sheared. There are 8: two definitely produce decent wool (Gwen the natural merino in icon) and Aiden (mixed breed). There is also Virginia and Lenny. Virginia is an older merino ewe, so I don't know about the quality of her wool. Lenny is either a merino mix or purebred, but we don't know who the ram was. This is going to be his first shear. The other four sheep produce pretty poor knitting wool.

Normally, we toss the wool out in the woods for the birds to use.

This year, a coworker and myself are planning on getting Gwen's wool spun and carded to knit with. Last year's quote was about $250 for the entire process. I can't remember how many skeins.

Would any of you be interested in the wool from the other three sheep (or some of Gwen's wool)? Or even the other sheep?

I would prefer sending the raw wool for you to process locally, as it is easier for me to cover the monetary costs (if someone flaked out on reimbursing me on postage) on shipping than on getting the wool processed. Since I am a bit tight with money, I can't cover the costs myself, so postage would have to be covered on your end. 

Last year, Gwen produced about 12 lbs of wool and Aiden produced about 10 lbs. I think Aiden might have more this year and Gwen is probably about the same. Virginia is probably less as is Lenny. The other sheep combined might produce about 32 lbs of wool or less (that's my guess). Their wool might be good for rugs or stuffing comforters/pillows.

If you are interested, let me know by responding to this post with the pounds of wool you'd be interested in and if type of wool mattered. Comments are NOT screened, so please refrain from posting your address yet. I want to get a feel for the interest level and then I'll post more as we get closer to the shear date. Again, I would ask that you pay for shipping costs. If you want to thank the sheep more, you can make a donation to Animal Place on their behalf. :)


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Mar. 25th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
My Mother in law might be interested. Mind if I copy and paste this post to her?
Mar. 26th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
Not at all.
Mar. 26th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
As in I don't mind at all (heh, in case that wasn't clear). :)
Mar. 26th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)

I would *ADORE* having wool from sheepies I know are living the good sheep life, doing happy sheep things and they have names and are loved for their personalities. Ethical wool, as it were. Animal fibers have so many amazing properties for clothing and knitting with, and are so much more forgiving on the hands (because of stretch) than plant fibers, but I always flail and thrash buying commercially farmed wool. I would totally love to make myself and others snuggly knitted goods from Animal Place sheep, knowing that I'm not contributing to a commercial farm.

I would be good for a pound or two of Merino or merino-mix wool. Give me an address to send a check to and a shipping amt and I will drop it in the mail *tomorrow*. Srsly.

TBH there are probably enough other knitters that feel this way that Animal Place might be able to sell yarn as a fundraiser if they don't feel it unethical to do so. On the other hand, I could be horribly wrong and it is kinda expensive to get a whole fleece processed.
Mar. 26th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
Haha, you is picked! It's not going to be until April 16th for the shearing. Do you care if the wool is brown mixed with white? I think Gwen's wool is probably the best quality. :)

Can you email me your address? violetcows (at) comcast (dot) net and I'll figure out shipping either this week or next and let you know the amount.

We've thought about selling yarn or doing a fundraiser, but we have donors who would feel very uncomfortable with that idea. I think within our own staff we would have a mixed reaction and not 100% agreement. It's tough, because it is a bit outside the scope of the mission, but at the same time, it'd be nice to make use of the wool. The sheepies are always happy to get rid of it, heh.
Mar. 26th, 2009 09:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, I can see where it's a knotty issue. I'm just happy as a knitter to be able to have some wool to knit with where I can simultaneously think warm fuzzy thoughts about the intended recipient of the knitting (probably me, I am selfish knitter) AND warm fuzzy thoughts about the sheep it came from. It makes a difference to know that the sheep is a sheep with a name, not a number on an ear tag, and is known and loved for her personality, not her wool-bearing ability.
Mar. 26th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
"coworker"? Shouldn't that be "cowworker"?
Mar. 26th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
*snerk* Thanks, I certainly needed to have water enter my mouth only to exit my nose. :)
Mar. 26th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)
One of my goals this year is to learn to use a drop spindle, so if I could get wool for the cost of postage? I would be so all over that!
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