PLEASE NOTE: We had a big scare with the Hurricane Ida flooding. At present, it seems Batch 6 is unaffected, but the situation with Batch 7 is less clear and it looks like we will be blending Batch 7 and Batch 8 for technical reasons. Please click for info about the impact of Hurricane Ida on our production.
Batch 7 is WeatherWool's largest batch so far! We have not made any garments from Batch 7 yet, except that we needed to use a few hundred pounds of Batch 7 fiber to complete making Batch 5 FullWeight Lynx Fabric. (Didn't take long for my little plan to get complicated.)
The greasy was purchased in April 2020, by private treaty with the following ranches:
- AD Jones: 8174 pounds (3707 kg); 42% of Batch 7
- M&J Corn: 6815 pounds (3091 kg); 35% of Batch 7
- Sultemeier Ltd: 3308 pounds (1498 kg); 17% of Batch 7
- PM Ranch: 965 pounds (438 kg); 5% of Batch 7
Total weight of Batch 7 Greasy: 19262 pounds (8736 kg).
Batch 7 Greasy was scoured by Chargeurs USA in South Carolina. The scouring process removes dirt, vegetable matter, wool grease (crude lanolin) and other debris from the fleece. The yield of clean fiber was 10946 pounds (4964 kg), or 56.8%, which is quite high.
This clean fiber has been shipped to American Woolen Company in Connecticut, who will manage the production of the Fabric. AWC has sent the fiber for dyeing at Littlewood Dyers in Philadelphia, and the dyeing was expected to be completed in late August or early September. But then ... Hurricane Ida struck, and we are simply not sure where we will go from here.
The dyeing of the wool is by nature a complex process, made more so by the fact that we need to create the same colors on two different types of wool. Not only is our weft fiber purchased separately from our warp yarn, but the fiber used to spin the warp has different characteristics than those of the weft yarn. The differences are compounded by the fact that weft will be dyed as fiber (not yet spun into yarn) and the warp as yarn.
Much more to come as we continue to process Batch 7. But right now it looks like we will be mixing Batch 7 with Batch 8 so that we can re-clean the Batch 7 that was caught in the Ida floods.
2 October 2021 --- Ralph