Category Archives: Hog Island

Hog Island Part 5: At Long Last, 3-Ply

I have been wanting to 3-ply for a long time. Now, I’ll admit that sounds weird. And, I’ll say: I have tried chain plying  . . . to mixed results. What was holding me back, you ask? Why, bobbins, of … Continue reading

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Hog Island Part 4: Spinning 3 Bobbins Full

I am happy to report that the Hog Island spinning is going quite well. I have changed how I spin when using these batts: for one, I am using a smaller whirl (so a different ratio) and I am treadling … Continue reading

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Hog Island Part 3: From Raw to Roving!

Yesterday, I talked about some of the troubles I was having with the mill prepared Hog Island roving. My (hair-brained) solution: get a whole fleece. So, when Jay emailed to say it was shearing day, I high-tailed it to the … Continue reading

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Hog Island Part 2: Milled Roving

Ever since I visited the Fingerlakes Woolen Mill last spring, I have been waiting to spin the roving I purchased. It’s been sitting in what has become fondly known as “the wool room”–I mean “guest room”–just waiting for me to … Continue reading

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Hog Island Part 1: A Feral Breed

In this three-part post, I am going to focus on Hog Island sheep and fleece. I first learned about this breed from Sarah on Fiber Trek and I first met this breed when I visited the Fingerlakes Woolen Mill this … Continue reading

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