The Happy Fuzzy Yarn Local Wool Project

I live in the highest wool-producing county in Michigan and want to have some of that lovely wool millspun and some made into combed top. Want some?
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Riin Gill
Small Business
Ann Arbor, Michigan
United States
1 Team Member

The Background

Hi. I’m Riin Gill, fiber artist and owner of Happy Fuzzy Yarn. I dye yarn and fiber, and spin yarn, and card art batts. Most of the millspun yarn and combed top I’ve been dyeing is imported from the UK or South America. It’s very nice, there’s nothing wrong with it, my customers rave about it...but here’s the thing. I live in Washtenaw County, Michigan, which is the highest wool producing county in the state.

The Local SheepAnd it’s nice wool. I’ve been getting a lot of wool from my friend Karen, who’s a spinner herself, so she breeds her sheep for wool quality. She’s got beautiful border leicesters, bluefaced leicesters, romneys, corriedales, and crossbreeds thereof. I’ve been using a lot of her wool in my art batts and handspun yarn.

Corespun handspun yarn with local wool and other fibers

 

But I’ve still been buying imported millspun yarn and combed top. And as more and more fleeces pile up in my studio, it’s starting to seem kind of silly to import wool.

So I started looking into having my own line of yarn millspun to my specifications at a nearby mill. It’s totally doable, except that I need to do a 100 lb minimum to get the best price per pound. And because there’s loss in processing, I really need to start with around 130 pounds.

I’d like to have combed top produced at the same time, which has a 25 lb minimum, but again I need to allow for loss in processing, so I need to start with around 40 pounds.

I did a survey of my customers, and the first choice for both yarn and top was a wool/alpaca blend. The second choice was a wool/silk blend. (The alpaca is from here in Michigan. The silk is from India.)

 

The details

If I reach the $4260 goal, I will have 100lbs of 3-ply fingering weight yarn in a 75% wool/25% alpaca blend and 25lbs of combed top in the same blend produced. If I reach $8700, I will do that and also have the same quantity/same specs produced in a 75% wool/25% silk blend.

If I don’t reach $4260? Well, I’m hoping I’ll at least come close. I can throw in some money, but honestly, I really don’t have that kind of money lying around. If it’s close, I’ll find a way to make it work. (Mom?)

If I reach more than $4260 but less than $8700? Well, it’s going to depend which number it’s closer to. If it’s just a little over $4260, I’ll just have a bit more of the wool/alpaca blend done. If it’s closer to $8700, I’ll find a way to get both blends done.

And if I raise over $8700? I’ll get more of both blends done. And be so happy, I'll be jumping up and down for weeks!

 

And then!

And then once I get the yarn and fiber back from the mill, I'll dye it in my characteristic style and send it to you for perks.

 

"Mostly Water" hand dyed millspun fingering weight yarn in wool/nylon blend

"Happy" hand dyed combed wool top

 

I'll spin some of the combed top into yummylicious handspun yarn.

"Fairy Tale" handspun from combed wool top

 

And I'll weave some of the yummylicious handspun into some totally awesome triangle shawls.

Handspun and Handwoven. A work of luxurious art.

 

 

And I'll dye and spin more and put it in my shop. And there will be much rejoicing. Huzzah!

 

Other Ways You Can Help

Whether you can contribute or not, it will really help me out if you spread the word far and wide so as many people as possible find out about my project! Share on Facebook, Twitter, tell all your yarnie friends! Forward to your mom and say "hey, this is what I want for Christmas." Tell your knitting group. Tell your spinning guild. Tell anyone you know who's into yarn, fiber or local goods. Thank you so much!

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  • $10USD
    Gratitude & a wee bit of fame

    I'll thank you profusely and publicly on my Facebook page and provide a link to your blog, website, shop or whatnot!

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  • $21USD
    2oz of hand dyed combed top!

    2 ounces of combed top from the project which I will hand dye and mail to you. Let me know if you prefer the wool/alpaca blend or the wool/silk blend, but note that I'll be sending you the wool/alpaca blend unless I raise enough funds to get both blends done. Also let me know your color likes and dislikes. Shipping is included in the US and Canada. If you live elsewhere, I'll probably need to hit you up for a few more bucks.

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  • $25USD
    2oz of hand dyed yarn!

    2 ounces of 3-ply fingering weight yarn from the project which I will hand dye and mail to you. Let me know if you prefer the wool/alpaca blend or the wool/silk blend, but note that I'll be sending you the wool/alpaca blend unless I raise enough funds to get both blends done. Also let me know your color likes and dislikes. Shipping is included in the US and Canada. If you live elsewhere, I'll probably need to hit you up for a few more bucks.

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  • $38USD
    4oz of hand dyed combed top!

    4 ounces of combed top from the project which I will hand dye and mail to you. Let me know if you prefer the wool/alpaca blend or the wool/silk blend, but note that I'll be sending you the wool/alpaca blend unless I raise enough funds to get both blends done. Also let me know your color likes and dislikes. Shipping is included in the US and Canada. If you live elsewhere, I'll probably need to hit you up for a few more bucks.

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  • $42USD
    4oz of hand dyed yarn!

    4 ounces of 3-ply fingering weight yarn from the project which I will hand dye and mail to you. Let me know if you prefer the wool/alpaca blend or the wool/silk blend, but note that I'll be sending you the wool/alpaca blend unless I raise enough funds to get both blends done. Also let me know your color likes and dislikes. Shipping is included in the US and Canada. If you live elsewhere, I'll probably need to hit you up for a few more bucks.

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  • $45USD
    2oz of hand dyed handspun yarn

    I will take 2 ounces of combed top from the project, hand dye, spin it into a beautiful handspun yarn and mail to you. Let me know if you prefer the wool/alpaca blend or the wool/silk blend, but note that I'll be sending you the wool/alpaca blend unless I raise enough funds to get both blends done. Also let me know your color likes and dislikes. Shipping is included in the US and Canada. If you live elsewhere, I'll probably need to hit you up for a few more bucks.

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  • $80USD
    4oz of hand dyed handspun yarn

    I will take 4 ounces of combed top from the project, hand dye, spin it into a beautiful handspun yarn and mail to you. Let me know if you prefer the wool/alpaca blend or the wool/silk blend, but note that I'll be sending you the wool/alpaca blend unless I raise enough funds to get both blends done. Also let me know your color likes and dislikes. Shipping is included in the US and Canada. If you live elsewhere, I'll probably need to hit you up for a few more bucks.

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    $110USD
    3 mos of hand dyed combed top

    Each month for 3 months you'll receive 4 ounces of combed top from the project which I have hand dyed. Let me know if you prefer the wool/alpaca blend or the wool/silk blend, but note that I'll be sending you the wool/alpaca blend unless I raise enough funds to get both blends done (I can send you some of each if you like). Also let me know your color likes and dislikes. Shipping is included in the US and Canada. If you live elsewhere, I'll probably need to hit you up for a few more bucks.

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  • $125USD
    3 months of hand dyed yarn!

    Each month for 3 months you'll receive 4 oz of 3-ply fingering wt yarn from the project which I have hand dyed. Let me know if you prefer the wool/alpaca blend, wool/silk blend, or some of each, but note that I'll be sending you the wool/alpaca blend unless I raise enough funds to get both blends done. Also let me know your color likes and dislikes. Shipping is included in the US and Canada. If you live elsewhere, I'll probably need to hit you up for a few more bucks.

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  • $215USD
    6 mos of hand dyed combed top

    Each month for 6 months you'll receive 4 ounces of combed top from the project which I have hand dyed. Let me know if you prefer the wool/alpaca blend or the wool/silk blend, but note that I'll be sending you the wool/alpaca blend unless I raise enough funds to get both blends done (I can send you some of each if you like). Also let me know your color likes and dislikes. Shipping is included in the US and Canada. If you live elsewhere, I'll probably need to hit you up for a few more bucks.

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  • $245USD
    6 months of hand dyed yarn!

    Each month for 6 months you'll receive 4 oz of 3-ply fingering wt yarn from the project which I have hand dyed. Let me know if you prefer the wool/alpaca blend, wool/silk blend, or some of each, but note that I'll be sending you the wool/alpaca blend unless I raise enough funds to get both blends done. Also let me know your color likes and dislikes. Shipping is included in the US and Canada. If you live elsewhere, I'll probably need to hit you up for a few more bucks.

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  • $600USD
    Handspun & handwoven shawl

    A work of art. I will dye some of the combed top from the project, spin the yarn, and weave it into a triangle shawl for you or someone very special in your life. We'll discuss color likes and dislikes, and I can use either the wool/alpaca blend or the wool/silk blend (if there's enough funding to do both blends) or I can spin yarn that combines the two blends. Shipping is included in the US and Canada. If you live elsewhere, I'll probably need to hit you up for a few more bucks.

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