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Monday, May 23, 2011

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Piroska

That perming machine looks very Bride of Frankenstein-ish! I too would love to learn to spin, but if I start another hobby it will get ridiculous. The sheep share idea is cute though.

Christine

I've never heard of a sheep share! I've been spinning for years and I always just order wool (usually from overseas because I haven't found a good quality wool in America). I'm definitely going to check this thing out. Thanks so much for the info!

Christine

Vera

Thanks for the mention! Yes, I do offer spinning lessons - which are easier to schedule in the winter as the garden keeps me busy in the summer. As the farm is my main source of income these days I have to concentrate on what can pay the bills :( What works for some farms may not work for mine so I'm constantly adjusting my business plan.
I was offering a quarterly one-pound yarn CSA on my old Etsy shop (example: http://www.etsy.com/transaction/7413499) but sales were slow and I needed inventory at all the craft shows I scheduled over the winter. My work is labor-intensive so I rarely have a large inventory of stock and the yarn is more profitable than roving (more knitters than spinners in the marketplace).
Christine makes a good point, most of my sheep aren't of "high quality" (Merino?) wool, but are what I call a "Michigan Mash-up" of breeds. I felt it was better that customers actually "feel" their fibers before purchasing, which can't be done over the internet.

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