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Processing Your Fiber into Yarns

Yarn Processing

Our newly rebuilt carding machinery consists of a metallic breast, a cross lapper, three breakers and a condenser with 96 ends. We have a rebuilt the spinning frame, twister, coner, skeiner and a 48″ picker. Our yarn engineer has over 30 years of experience in the making of yarn.

The minimum amount of fiber is 18# clean. The most cost effective processing for you, the customer, is at least 100# grease wool or 50# clean wool. We are capable of processing greater quantities. You must have at least 30 pounds of clean weight or more for bulky yarn.

The staple length must be 2″ and no longer than 6″. The yarn choices available are bulky, worsted, sport and fingering weight. Please send a sample of yarn (if available) to resemble what you desire. (The heaviest bulky yarn we can make is 1-ply, 975 yards to a pound with 100% wool; 2 ply 487 yards and 3 ply 325 yards.) We strongly recommend that if your yarns are targeted for sock projects that 20 – 25% nylon be added. This will make the yarn stronger and will make the finished project more durable to wear. The additional nylon is $5.25 per pound for white and $8.50 per pound for dyed.

A 25% -50% down payment is required when you send your fibers to be made into yarn. We have limited storage capability. A monthly fee of $20.00 per month will be charged after 30 days upon completion of your order.

There are 6 to 8 steps in the yarn making process. They are washing, picking/carding, spinning/twisting, coning, skeining and re-washing skeins.

WASHING

  1. Your raw fleece washed … $5.20 per lb.

PICKING/CARDING (based on clean weight)
Your clean weight, 18 – 24# ….. $13.00 per lb.

Your clean weight, 25 – 49# … $9.20 per lb.

Your clean weight, 50 – 100# … $8.20 per lb.

Your clean weight, 100# + … $7.70 per lb.

WE CAN PROCESS 100% MOHAIR, LLAMA AND ALPACA – NOTE: 100% llama or alpaca yarn will have little or no memory. There will be greater loss due to no wool being added. Therefore, we highly recommend 20% fine or medium wool being added. (We cannot process 100% adult mohair into yarn, must add 15% – 20% wool.)

SPINNING/TWISTING/CONING

(Price is based on finished weight. It is returned to you on paper cones and apply to your choice of bulky, worsted, sport or fingering weight yarns).

1. Your carded fibers, 2. Your carded fibers, 3. Your carded fibers
25 – 49# 50 – 99# 100# or more
a. 1 ply $8.30/lb. $8.05/lb. $7.75/lb.
b. 2 – 3 ply $9.75/lb. $9.35/lb. $8.65/lb.
c. 4 ply $9.95/lb. $9.55/lb. $9.10/lb.

 

  1. Add $2.30 per lb. to spun weight for fingering or sock yarn.
  2. Add $1.00 per lb. to spun weight for 100% mohair, llama or alpaca yarn.
  3. Available fibers to be added to your yarn orders:
 Natural Wool – $18 per lb. • Adult of Yearling Hair – $25 per lb. • White Nylon – $5.25 • Dyed Wool – $26 per lb. • Tops – $19 per lb. • Kid Mohair – $28 per lb.

SKEINING

  1. $7.65 per pound for any skein request UNDER 4 oz.
  2. $4.65 per pound for any skein request OVER 4 oz.
  3. Rewashing skeins after processing – $5.50 per lb.

 

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