Sunday, April 18, 2010

A quick visit to a local fibre processing mill

I went off to Qualicum to visit Anna at her fibre processing mill. Three years ago she bought a carding machine built in the late 1800's and it still runs like a purring cat. smoooooth. She added a roving machine, a pin drafter, a spinning machine and a cone and skein winder. Meanwhile she has sheep fleeces stashed all over her shop. It's a very interesting enterprise and she only just makes a living at it but it must be hard. She is running a farm, is taking care of her mother and runs all these machines herself with only one helper two days a week. I hope she makes a go of it as we need these types of entrepreneurs around.
I left her with 4.5lbs of white, washed Corriedale x Suffolk fleece and I hope to pick up around 4lbs of pin drafted roving, ready to dye and/or spin, in about a month.

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