What's spinning in the mill today!? This batch of 90% Alpaca/10% Angora yarn! Its super, squishy soft!
Holy smokes... What an awesome day it was! Looking back to the day we started the Angorapalooza at the PA Farm Show to where it is now makes us so happy! The word is getting out there, people like to see the creation of these beautiful scarves, happy bidders are going home proudly displaying their new bunny accessories, and most importantly... The exhibitors all have a great time! The purpose of the event was to showcase the humane harvesting of angora fiber all while promoting yet another use of the rabbit commodity. This year, there were 6 teams total, along with a beginning team that demonstrated and answered questions to fair goers. From woodland, to spooky Hocus Pocus, patriotic pride, candy shops, country roads, colors of the wind and everything in between, there are always a wide array of fun themes that the teams come up with! We are so pleased with how the event turned out this year and we already have great ideas in the works on how to improve the event for next year! Hope you can make it out for a fun time at the next PA Farm Show! Or even better yet, join us with a team of your own!
...and the Twisted Sisters are off the loom! Now it's time for a potato donut break while the judges go over all the beautiful shawls!
The Twisted Sisters are so pumped for Fleece to Shawl day! This is apparently what you do when you're at the Farm Show early and excited to make a beautiful shawl!
Results from the 4H National Poultry and Egg Conference were posted on the PA 4H Facebook page today! Madi competed and made a delicious turkey BBQ that we loved sampling whenever she would practice for this big event!
After the first day at Farm Show, we came home to meet our newest little fiber producer and member of Blue Mountain farms... We aren't "kidding!" 😉🐐
At our fiber mill, we often are asked questions about shipping fiber to the mill and what are the best ways to do that! We have several suggestions to help make shipping easier and more cost effective for you!
First, always make sure to provide a processing order form with your fiber! The main reason is so we aren't playing a game of "whos fiber is it anyway" searching for a miscellaneous owner for a box of fiber with no contact information or return address. Even if you aren't sure how you'd like your fiber processed, at least include your contact information along with a note for us to call with our best suggestions on processing... We're happy to work with you after evaluating your fiber.
Second, don't be afraid to squish your fiber nice and tight! Its silly to ship us air. Sending larger boxes than what your fiber needs creates higher shipping charges for you. Squeeze it, compact it, vacuum seal it. Whatever you have to do or whichever method you prefer... The smaller the box, the friendlier your shipping rates will be. We get deliveries generally from USPS, UPS, and FedEx. We ship back to you at the lowest rate possible for us.
Third, if you want to have fleeces blended during processing, it is best to mark that on your form, however keep them in separate bags until we have a chance to look at them. Sometimes fleeces aren't the most compatible with each other simply due to length, VM, stress breaks, and more. With that, our suggestion it to let us know what you would like, we will evaluate it when it comes into the mill, and offer our best suggestions to get you back the final product you want to achieve!
We hope this helps with any questions anyone might have on shipping, but as always, feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions on processing or what we can offer!
From the Farm...