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 8, purchased on 30 April 2021, is similar to Batch 7, but not as large, mostly because one of the Batch 7 Ranches was forced out of business due to continuing terrible drought conditions in New Mexico.
We hope to soon begin processing Batch 8.
The greasy was purchased at auction at Roswell Wool, in April 2021:
- AD Jones: 5870 pounds (2662 kg); 49% of Batch 8
- M&J Corn: 5299 pounds (2403 kg); 45% of Batch 8
- PM Ranch: 719 pounds (326 kg); 6% of Batch 8
Total weight of Batch 8 Greasy: 11,888 pounds (5391 kg).
Batch 8 Greasy will be scoured by Chargeurs USA in South Carolina in the next few days. The scouring process removes dirt, vegetable matter, wool grease (crude lanolin) and other debris from the fleece. We expect a high yield.
The clean fiber will soon (we hope) be shipped to American Woolen in Connecticut, where it will be prepared for dyeing (we hope) at Littlewood Dyers in Philadelphia. But these plans are held hostage, somewhat, by the Hurricane Ida floods.
WeatherWool has always purchased our warp yarn from Kentwool Yarns of South Carolina. The warp yarn will also be dyed by Littlewood. As we grow we will make our own warp, sourced directly from the ranches.
The dyeing of the wool is by nature a complex process, made more so by the fact that we need Littlewood 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 worsted warp has different characteristics than those of the woven weft yarn. The differences are compounded by the fact that Littlewood will dye the weft as fiber (not yet spun into yarn) and the warp as yarn.
Much more to come on Batch 8, but at present it seems, for technical reasons, we will be mixing Batch 8 with Batch 7.
2 October 2021 --- Ralph