That said, I ran into a problem with my wool roving. My supplier moved away to another state (alas) but will return this year under the ownership of a new California wool mill which is super exciting! Check out their Face Book page: (https://www.facebook.com/valleyoakwoolmill/?ref=nf).
In the meantime, I have had to find a new source for my roving and I believe I have hit on a terrific product for you! It is from Australia and is 100% combed Merino wool-superfine. It has a diameter of 19.5 microns and is deliciously soft.
Here is a photo of it before dyeing:
I was a bit concerned about the softness- would it be okay for spinners? Compared to my original product, which was Romney wool, this stuff is like whipped cream! The Romney was like a burlap bag....Um...yeah. This new stuff is in a whole different league. I hope my spinners out there will like this because for sure you want some "grip" as you spin....I hope some of you will try it and let me know because I am not a spinner. I will report back on that. Felters should be in heaven.
So I presoaked my first 8 ounces of "cloud" wool:
...and dyed it a deep black as you can see...
It took the dyes so well! It was super easy to do and the distribution of color is perfection. A tiny bit of felting happened while in the dye bath but that was easy to fix by gently opening the coils when it dried.
I also dyed some mottled purple to see how the color dispersed when wanting something other than a solid color....
Super happy with this run too!
Here is a close-up. The absorption of color is perfect and the feel after dyeing is still soft and springy.
So all in all, I am extremely happy with the results and am pleased to offer you this fine product. The price is higher than the Romney but you are getting a nicer wool. Another perk is that I can fit three skeins of 8 ounce wool in a box for shipping rather than two so you will save on shipping costs in the USA.
Undyed, 8 ounces- $20.00
Hand dyed, 8 ounces- $38.00
Custom color runs-8 ounces, starts at $40.00
(I love this goat!)
Happy 2017, everyone.