Fleece to yarn

Friday we were getting ready to load our van for the Saturday Cherry Street Farmers market when the UPS guy opened the back door to the studio and set down two boxes. We thanked him as he left and then turned the top box over to see that it was a shipment from the mill. Yarn!  Considering that I was down to one skein of Oklahoma Fiber Partnership Yarn I nearly squealed. Well – maybe I did squeal – just a little. This is the first of two big shipments that I’m expecting. If you’ve followed my blog for long you may remember the photos of bags of fleece that I washed and air dried, or the big photo of raw wool air drying in the studio. Those were fleeces from Cordero Farms, and were part of this shipment. The shipment also included some of the fiber from Heaven Sent Farm, and some llama from Country Garden Farm too. 
Since it was late on Friday when the yarn arrived it was impossible to get any dyed and ready for Saturday’s market. Even though a dark yarn is being left natural, there usually is a little bit of what I call mill grease that needs to be soaked off to help the yarn bloom but there was not enough time for that to happen either. Regardless, I pulled out a few skeins of wool and llama and loaded them in the van to take anyway. It felt good to have a nice – albeit small – display of yarn in the booth again. 
This coming Saturday I expect to have a full display of Oklahoma yarn at the market!  If you’re in the Tulsa area, come by for some fondling and stash enhancement. The labels will show which farm the fiber came from and usually the name of the animal too. 
Fleece before being sent to the mill for spinning:
Alpacas at Heaven Sent Farm
Brooklyn and Aloha fleeces from Cordero Farms
Oprah fleece from Cordero Farms
Spun and cleaned skeins of the same wool drying on our balcony: 

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