Shortly after the Kansas State Fair, I got to do something I’d been thinking about for a long time… I went with a bunch of spinning and weaving friends to tour Mid-States Wool Growers Cooperative. This came awfully close to sensory overload for us fiber types!
Here are a couple of views of what we saw on entering the warehouse area:
Wool expert Alex McClure explained how shipments arrive from all over this part of the country and are tracked for each individual grower, then graded for quality and sorted…
… then baled and sent on to processors. He was very patient, and answered all of our questions.
He had even set out a number of fleeces of varying fineness and quality for us to look at, handle, and ask even more questions about!
Then, best of all, we were able to pick out and buy any fleeces we wanted! Laura (Sugar Bunny Boulevard yarn shop proprietor) and Marsha scored the reserve champion fleece, splitting it 50/50.
One of the advantages of being the tour arranger was that I got dibs on the grand champion fleece!
I think it would satisfyingly complete the cycle if I spun and knitted something from this fleece, then entered it in next year’s fair, don’t you?