Why buy Small Farm Fiber? You can feel good about the money from your purchase going directly to the people who raise the animals, and the people that processes the fiber. I buy fleece directly from farms, and work personally with mini-mills to have it processed. It is entirely made in the USA at this time, although stay tuned for some very special super-fine merino from fleeces that I purchased from a small farm in Australia!
Processing Information: The fiber is also processed in an environmentally-friendly manner, using biodegradable soaps and recycling water whenever possible. No harsh chemicals are used, though light oil has been added to the fiber in order to process it. The oil is easily washed out of your finished yarn with soap and water. The fiber has not undergone a "carbonization" process in which enzymes dissolve all vegetable matter, therefore some small pieces of clean grass, hay, or stickers may remain the roving. All roving listed is described and photographed to the fullest and best of my ability. Mini-mills process fiber in small batches of 1-3 fleeces, so each roving is a unique limited edition.
Coils are a semi-worsted prep. The carder that creates these has a final stage which further aligns the fibers, similar to combing although short fibers do not fall out. This carder also creates a slightly thicker roving, which then is fed to a pin-drafting machine which further attenuates & aligns the fibers. The final roving falls into a rotating tube which creates the coils. The pin-drafted coils are dreamy to spin from - they feed effortlessly and beautifully into your hands, and likewise do not need to be further stripped or prepped in order to spin a fine yarn. You can still create very light and airy yarns with this roving, or you can create very smooth worsted yarns.