If you ever wondered why handspun yarn is so expensive, here is an extremely quick overview of what goes into creating a ball by hand. It's a lot of dirty work but the rewards are great. It's hard to put a dollar sign on something so personal. Typically I grow attached to the yarns after running the soft, lanolin-smelling-feeling wool through my hands so many times.
|Raw wool, skirted. That means picked through for short bits and other undesirables (veggie matter, VM for short). I like to find local wools from small farms. This fleece is a columbia/rambouillet cross.|
|Flick-carded wool, cloud. This step removes extra dirt and VM while opening up the locks. It's time consuming and best done while watching a good movie. I use a pet brush for this step.|
|Carded wool, batt. Carding aligns the fibers for spinning. This was drum-carded twice. My carder handles one ounce at a time and my spinning wheel bobbins each take two ounces. Having a sensitive scale is a must!|
|Hand Spun Wool, natural. This was spun on my antique spinning wheel. Worsted weight, 2 ply.|
|Balled and knitted yarn, the final product! Hand-knitting is another labor of love, all of itself, so a knitted product made of handspun yarn is one of a kind and priceless.|