Sunday, January 28, 2007

I feel like crying. Last night, I put a clean sheet on the floor and pulled out some of my roving. It is so full of VM I'm not sure I can sell it. I know it isn't the mill's fault, they can only work with what they get. I was just hoping they could get the VM out.
I sat last night with a pair of tweezers for HOURS trying to pick out the VM and it is futile. It would take me forever and I still can't get it all out. I was really looking forward to getting this roving, and have been waiting 5 months to get it back from the mill. I have a store up in Lockport willing to sell it on consignment for me. I don't want to put my name on this stuff and have people associate it with VM.
So I don't know what to do. I need $20 a pound just to break even. Maybe I'll sell it in bulk with no label.
I definetely think it's time to seriously look into sheep jackets. The thought of not having to skirt anymore is tempting...


Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

I haven't had roving made, but last year I threw one of my two fleeces out because it was so full of junk (the other I am hand carding and spinning). This year I will have four fleeces, and don't know yet if they will be salvageable. So I, too, am thinking about measuring up the girls for coats. I can't afford several sizes for all four, so will have to make some decisions....

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Bill Stearman said...

Hey my friend,

I'd say ... take it to a handspinner and let them work with it. I am NOT a handspinner ... unfortunately ... but ... I have had handspinners tell me how simple it is to pick out the VM as they are spinning. SOOOO ... get advice from a handspinner ... before you cry ... :-)

And let me know what you find out.



Kathy L. said...


What mill did you use? I know exactly how you feel. Our Colin is like Pig-Pen in the Peanuts comic strip, but with VM! I don't care if the hay is flat on the ground with no wind...he'll be covered in hay when no one else is! I know I will not be able to sell his fleece and will have to try to clean it myself and use it too. Next year he's getting a coat!
Just letting you know you're not alone! :)

Kathy L. said... I read the other post and know that Matt and Jamie did your rovings.
I use them too, but I know I'll have to clean before I send it in.

Hugs from the SW! Keep warm!

Becky Utecht said...

I know just how you feel Juliann, the softest fleeces are just magnets for VM. Do you have a set of combs? If so, it's not too time consuming to comb your roving and get a really divine top for spinning. I don't know how many pounds you're dealing with, but you could use your roving for felting too. Or recard it into batts for comforters.
Another thing is to send it off to Zeilinger's with this year's fleeces to be made into combed top. You need a minumum of 8 pounds of washed wool per run for combed top at Zeilinger's. It's more expensive than roving, but combing will take out the VM and neps.
I want sheep coats for my flock too.

Kathy L. said...

I see what you are going through and know that I, too, will have a couple fleeces that I'll never get the VM out of. I may use the wool/roving/whatever to make a rug from Letty and Ann's book. That's the only "lemonaide" I will be able to make out of it, I believe...that is unless a big windy comes out of the north and I can shake all the VM out of Colin's fleece. Hmm...maybe if I take him by his little back legs and shake him like a rug?
The coats are a definite for me next year!

Juliann said...

Thanks everyone for your kind comments. I'm confident that it will spin out, I just hope someone would want to spin it! I think I'm going to go ahead and take it up to the store and see what the owner thinks... worst case scenario, I'll spin it up myself.