We've been fortunate to have some beautiful fall days to spend outside. One weekend in October we visited the Battenkill Fibers Carding & Spinning Mill as part of the Farm to Fiber Tour. The owner of the mill gave us a tour and we explored a bit on our own as well!
This mill is special because each sheep (or alpaca) owner gets back their original fleeces. It's not a cooperative where what you get back might not be the same quality you sent in. Everything was carefully labeled and while it seemed a bit chaotic to us, the owner knew what everything was and where it was going!
Scroll through the photos below to see the process:
- Fleeces ready to be worked on
- Washed wool that is drying
- Ready to be processed
It was definitely an interesting look at where much of our local yarn comes from. And beyond, too! There were fleeces from Maine to the Midwest in for processing.