Category Archives: raw wool

Episode 80: Udder Massage & Color Management

Yep, you read that right: udder massage. Mmmm hmmm. Come on over to the podcast, my friends and allow me to drop the knowledge . . . lol! Plus, some info about how I’m managing multiple skeins for an indie … Continue reading

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Farm Focus: Grand View Farm, VT

Hello Fiber Folk! I am so pleased to offer a two part interview with Kim Goodling, owner and shepherd at¬†Vermont Grand View Farm! Since adopting a (temporary) flock of our own, I have been on the lookout for other shepherds … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival

Please excuse my radio silence this weekend–I know, it’s unusual for me! I have a good excuse: I was hanging out with the sheep and the herding dogs and the miles of fleece at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival! … Continue reading

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Fiber Focus: Ranching Tradition Fiber & GIVEAWAY!

Hello weekenders! I’m so pleased to be featuring Kami Noyes of Ranching Tradition Fiber! I interviewed Kami a few years ago and then featured her upcoming Copper K Fiber Festival as well; she is always up to something new! Of … Continue reading

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Farm Focus: Ewe and Us

This week, I had the pleasure of corresponding with Rhonda of Ewe and Us Farm. I feel a certain kindred spirit for the farm, located as I am now, in the midwest; Ewe and Us is just next door in … Continue reading

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Icelandic! At Long Last!

Ever since I started acquiring breed-specific wool, I have been coveting an Icelandic fleece. I find the primitive breeds intriguing: they are heartier and many have a dual/double coat; they can shed their fleeces and many can give birth without … Continue reading

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How To: Nature Washing Raw Fleece with Janneke Plomp

Many of us wash our fleeces with HOT soapy water . . . some of us wash using a cold water bath . . . and then there are some brave souls who save water, and wash in a single … Continue reading

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Tips and Tricks: Washing, Drying, and Storing Wool

Sometimes it’s the small things that make everything easier–and sometimes cheaper! 1) Water heater temps: when I am in wool washing mode, it’s set between 140 and 160 degrees. This helps to melt the lanolin and makes for a nice … Continue reading

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Corriedale Fleece from Hubbard Handspun

As you know, I purchased a Corriedale fleece from Hubbard Handspun. It arrived in a Home Depot box with some adorable postage stickers. Somehow this made me nervous: this, this was going to be a beautiful fleece. Was I ready? … Continue reading

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Farm Focus: Hubbard Handspun

Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of corresponding with Elizabeth Hubbard of Hubbard Handspun.¬† I was interested in one of her Corriedale fleeces and we got to talking, like folks do on FB when they share some common interests. … Continue reading

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