Spring is here.
Three months have past since my last update, and we have been moving forward in several directions.
We are welcoming an intern this Summer, to update and expand our research into local and regional textile resources. He will be investigating the capacities of everything, from mills and assembly facilities, to sheep and alpaca farms.
The yarn we chose to buy is half New England alpaca, and half U.S. sourced sheep. We got several colors, all naturally occuring tones.
It turned out that using yarn already made, at a Vermont processing mill, was more economical than sending our own fiber in, at present. We’re holding on to the Vermont alpaca and sheep donations for a later date.
We sent some of the yarn to an expert weaver in Southern VT...
We have the first woven goods back from the loom! Thank you, Lee, for weaving our first three yards of "greige goods".
Greige Goods: Cloth off the loom, when untreated, un-dyed and unfinished. Pronounced like "gray", from French, and means "raw".
We gave some of the cream colored yarn to Jennifer, in Central VT She, and her husband, have a farm specializing in medicinal and dye plants. Madder root takes three years to mature, and is one of the worlds oldest red dye materials. It will be the source for the color of our red yarn.