Mills and Processing
Choosing a mill to process my fiber took the better part of 6 months. I think the most challenging part was learning the right questions to ask and understanding the terminology associated with the business. After visiting a few mills I made my decision to go with a woolen mill to make this first yarn. I took to heart the advice of Clara Parkes when she shared her story of processing her CVM yarn at Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill in Wisconsin. It happens to be the closest to my home too!
Working with Anne has been a great experience so far. After I dropped my wool off for processing she was generous enough to allow me to buy some of her ecru wool yarn to work with until mine would be ready for dyeing. I absolutely adore her yarn. It has a rustic nature and comforting hand. It isn't the super soft, white bread style merino. Think farmstead artisan loaf. Nonetheless it has bounce and what I imagine great durability for projects. I am in the process of working on a large piece right now. If you want to read a testimonial of her work and skillful hand read The Knitter's Review by Clara Parkes and also read her own personal experience having Anne process her Clara Yarn. Both of these articles helped me make my final decision of working with Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill.