This 100% Corriedale yarn is two-ply sport weight, in 4-ounce skeins of 250 yards each. It comes in two colors: "Corriedale Cream" and "Breeding Season Brown."
The almost-white skeins are that soft creamy color that would be perfect for a dyeing project. The brown skeins come from wool which is half-brown and half-gray along its staple length. So they are a heathery brown with little flecks of gray here and there, which reminded me of the Wisconsin landscape in November when the sheep are in their breeding groups. These skeins could be overdyed with a bright primary color, which would give you a deep color with more subtle variation than if you used white wool.
The yarn is made from the skirtings of my fleeces. I am careful to remove any wool that feels too coarse, such as from the back legs, so the yarn has a very nice handle. It includes the neck wool, and the edges that have too much VM to be included with the finished fleece. So you might find tiny bits of VM embedded in the yarn from time to time. This is proof that it's real, not from a big factory. :-) It is milled at one of the few woollen mills left in the country with the old carders and spinner to make this beautiful yarn look so consistent.
The swatches in the photos were made by my skilled knitter friend Amy -- I am not a knitter myself, so probably I'll be unable to answer your knitting questions! But I hope that Amy's swatches will give you a good idea of how much yarn you will need for a project you have in mind.
The yarn is priced at $15/skein. For shipping, I will assume that a USPS flat rate medium box will be used, which costs $13.65. If the shipping comes out higher, I'll send you a separate PayPal invoice for the extra shipping amount. For international customers, just convo me and we'll figure out the best shipping for you!
Almost all orders will be shipped within 24 hours of receiving your confirmed payment.
Shipping raw fleeces can be expensive, because of the "fluff factor." The box is large, but the weight is relatively small. Etsy's calculated shipping for the US Postal Service reflects the price for shipping a fleece in the smallest possible box, usually without vacuuming the fleece at all.
If I vacuum the air from the fleece, it can fit into a smaller box. I've heard spinners call these packages "fleece bombs." :-) The wool looks a bit strange, but you still get the whole fleece that you have paid for. Even with a larger box, sometimes I'm forced to remove some of the air to get the fleece to fit. If you definitely prefer that I vacuum your fleece, or that you don't want it vacuumed, please let me know either way. If we can save money on your shipping by vacuuming the fleece, I'll refund you the difference.
If you know that your fleece could be sent more cheaply by UPS or FedEx, please let me know when you place your order. I'll use whatever shipping method you prefer, and again refund you the difference.
I'm happy to ship orders internationally, but please make sure before you order that the customs service in your country will accept unwashed raw wool imports. I would hate for you to have your fleece confiscated at the border! Contact me and we'll figure out the best method to ship your fleece to you.
I accept PayPal, Etsy direct payment, credit cards, and checks. If you prefer to pay by check, please understand that I will wait until your check has cleared before sending your fleece.
Returns & exchanges
Above all, I want you to be delighted with your purchase, so if you are unhappy with the quality of your fleece, please contact me. If we can't make things right, I will gladly accept your return and refund your payment (minus the shipping cost, of course).
Washing your fleece:
The flock at Observatory Hill Farm is jacketed year-round, so their fleeces are clean enough that you could spin them "in the grease" as spinners in the UK, New Zealand, and Australia generally prefer to do. If you'd rather wash your fleece before spinning, do so with care since fine wool fleeces will felt much more easily than coarser wool.
There are many excellent websites with information on how to wash a raw fleece. I recommend having a look at the instructions on these sites: