Fiber Consultation

My extensive background in textiles and fiber arts, ranging from animal husbandry through the design and retail sale of knit patterns and yarns, has provided me with a wealth of experience that I am happy to share. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you would like to discuss ideas and suggestions for the best uses of your fiber.

Research and Development

I am happy to provide product testing and design services for individuals and corporations. Please contact me to discuss your testing needs. Pricing is determined on a per-project basis.

Mill Services

Olympic Yarn & Fiber yarn ball icon Custom yarn production from your own fiber, specializing in the processing of alpaca and fine to medium wool breeds

Olympic Yarn & Fiber yarn ball icon 8-pound clean weight minimum per run (approx. 9-10 pounds of raw alpaca or 13-15 pounds of raw sheep wool)

Olympic Yarn & Fiber yarn ball icon Discount production pricing available for single runs of 25+ pounds (clean weight)

Olympic Yarn & Fiber yarn ball icon For 100% alpaca yarn, staple length must be at least 3 inches.

Olympic Yarn & Fiber yarn ball icon Alpaca with staple of 2.5 – 3 inches must be blended with at least 50% sheep wool

Olympic Yarn & Fiber yarn ball icon For wool yarns, staple length must be at least 2.5 inches

Olympic Yarn & Fiber yarn ball icon I can produce suri alpaca yarns – contact me to discuss your project

Olympic Yarn & Fiber yarn ball icon For anything not listed here, get in touch directly for consultation and pricing

Mill Services

Olympic Yarn & Fiber yarn ball icon Custom yarn production from your own fiber, specializing in the processing of alpaca and fine to medium wool breeds

Olympic Yarn & Fiber yarn ball icon 8-pound clean weight minimum per run (approx. 9-10 pounds of raw alpaca or 13-15 pounds of raw sheep wool)

Olympic Yarn & Fiber yarn ball icon Discount production pricing available for single runs of 25+ pounds (clean weight)

Olympic Yarn & Fiber yarn ball icon For 100% alpaca yarn, staple length must be at least 3 inches.

Olympic Yarn & Fiber yarn ball icon Alpaca with staple of 2.5 – 3 inches must be blended with at least 50% sheep wool

Olympic Yarn & Fiber yarn ball icon For wool yarns, staple length must be at least 2.5 inches

Olympic Yarn & Fiber yarn ball icon I can produce suri alpaca yarns – contact me to discuss your project

Olympic Yarn & Fiber yarn ball icon For anything not listed here, get in touch directly for consultation and pricing

Fiber Submission Instructions

Properly preparing your fleece before submitting it for processing will create the best possible yarn and maximize your profit. We do not provide fleece preparation services.

Please contact me if you have questions about proper fleece preparation. Fleeces that are not properly prepared will be returned to you unprocessed at your expense.

  1. Lay the fleece out on a table with the cut side down.
  2. Check for moth larvae or moth casings. Do not send fiber with moths or moth casings, it will be returned to you unprocessed at your expense, and you may be charged an additional fee for fumigation.
  3. Check samples in at least six different places on the fleece to see if your fiber is tender and prone to breakage. To do this, first pull on the hair at the nape of your neck until it hurts, this is the amount of force you will use to perform the test. Now hold the ends of a sample of fiber between your fingers and stretch it out using the same force as you did when pulling your own hair. If the fiber breaks, or you hear crackling, the fiber is too weak for mill production.
  4. Remove any undesirable fiber (usually located around the edge of your fleece blanket) and large debris. Remember, whatever you submit to the mill will also be in your yarn. Fleece with excessive vegetable matter will not be processed. If you are unsure, please send me a photo before submitting your fiber.
  5. Flip the fleece over so the cut side is up. Again, check for moths or moth casings, and remove any short second cuts and remaining debris.
  6. When choosing which fleeces to put together for a yarn run, select fleeces that have a similar staple length (no more than 1 to 1.5 inch difference) and are the same grade.
  7. To maximize the quality of your yarn, we highly recommend that you have your fleeces sorted and classed by a professional sorter.

Mill Pricing

Washing = $5 per pound based on incoming weight, all fiber types.

Yarn production (processing to skeins, prices below are per pound based on final weight of yarn produced. Yarn production price does not include washing.)

 2-ply bulky3-ply bulky2-ply DK3-ply DK2-ply sport2-ply fingering
Sheep wool *$29$31$31$33$33$35
Alpaca fiber *$32$34$34$36$36$38
* A blend of wool + alpaca that is at least 50% wool will be charged at the sheep wool rate. Alpaca pricing is for huacaya fiber. For other fibers or fiber blends, please contact me for pricing.

 

Mill Pricing

Washing = $5 per pound based on incoming weight, all fiber types.

Yarn production (processing to skeins, prices below are per pound based on final weight of yarn produced. Yarn production price does not include washing.)

 2-ply bulky3-ply bulky
Sheep wool *$29$31
Alpaca fiber *$32$34
 2-ply DK3-ply DK
Sheep wool *$31$33
Alpaca fiber *$34$36
 2-ply sport2-ply fingering
Sheep wool *$33$35
Alpaca fiber *$36$38

* A blend of wool + alpaca that is at least 50% wool will be charged at the sheep wool rate. Alpaca pricing is for huacaya fiber. For other fibers or fiber blends, please contact me for pricing.