PLEASE NOTE: We had a big scare with the Hurricane Ida flooding, but Batch 6 is unaffected. Batch 7 had to be -- literally -- rescued from the aftermath of Hurricane Ida's flooding of Philadelphia. Batch 8 was still in the raw state in New Mexico when Philadelphia was flooded. But for technical reasons it was necessary to blend Batch 8 greasy with the Batch 7 previously-cleaned fiber so Batch 7 could be re-run through the scouring train. So Batches 7 and 8 have been combined into a much-larger Batch 7. Please click for info about the impact of Hurricane Ida on our production.
As always, our Fabric Production Process starts with the purchase of Greasy (or Raw) Wool, from our Ranchers.
Batch 6 Greasy was purchased in October 2019 by Private Treaty with Ranchers and Advisors Bob Padula and Andy McMurry. Mike Corn, also a Rancher and WeatherWool Advisor and partner at Roswell Wool, oversaw the sampling, testing and weighing of the greasy wool, and served as financial intermediary.
Batch 6 weights:
- 4288 pounds (1945 kg) greasy; 15% from Padula's PM Ranch and 85% from McMurry's Genopalette® Ranch
- 2681 pounds (1216 kg) clean fiber, for a yield of 62.52%, which is very high
Batch 6 was scoured at Bollman Industries in Texas, yielding 2681 pounds (1216 kg) of clean fiber. This is a fantastic yield of 62.52%!!
Batch 6 will be 2/3 MidWeight Lynx Fabric and 1/3 MidWeight Drab Fabric.
The process of turning our Clean Fiber into Fabric is managed by American Woolen Company in Connecticut.
At this writing, the MidWeight Drab loom-state fabric, woven by MTL in Pennsylvania, is at American Woolen for finishing. We anticipate the tailor-ready MidWeight Drab will be delivered to the tailors in November.
On 25 October 2021, I delivered to MTL the Yarn for MidWeight Lynx Pattern Fabric. It would be great if this Fabric is ready for the tailors by year-end!
26 October 2021 --- Ralph