Our Pencil Roving is commercially washed and dehaired and is run through the dehairing machine 3-5 times. Even the Type A fleece is run through the dehairing machine twice.
We sell only natural (undyed) fiber. We often combine our fall and spring fleece from individual Pygora goats for processing. While any of our fleeces may be sold raw, that is clean but unwashed and not dehaired, we do not encourage first-time Pygora fleece users to purchase raw pygora fleece.
Raw fiber is available for those who understand that approximately 20 hours of hand dehairing is needed for one pygora fleece. Guard hair must be removed in order for Pygora to be worn next to the skin. Raw fleece from specific goats may be reserved to prevent fleece from being processed into cloud or roving.
Commercial processing of our fleece involves washing the fleece and dehairing it to remove the guard hair. Once the guard hair is removed through commercial processing, Pygora fiber is soft enough to be worn next to the skin. It is most often blended with other fibers to make finished products softer and to add loft. In exchange, other fleeces add memory to the finished product. Entire fleeces from a particular Pygora goat may be reserved in advance for purchase after commercial processing.
Type A—the coolest Pygora fleece to touch, is closest to Angora mohair fiber and is normally 3-6" in length. The locks can be wavy or curly and have more shine, or luster, than other Pygora fleece types. Type A fleece has little guard hair and is sometimes sold raw and unprocessed. Usually, Type A fiber must be shorn.
Type C—the warmest Pygora fleece to touch, is a very fine fiber similar to cashmere and contains distinct guard hair. It is the shortest but finest and softest of the Pygora fiber types. During commercial processing, the guard hair is removed and the fleece is washed. A very fine Type C fleece can be acceptable as commercial cashmere fiber. Type C fleece is usually 1-3" in length; some of ours is 3-5". Hand-plucking Type C Pygora fiber, though time-consuming, helps avoid including guard hair in the harvest.
Type B—fleece is a blend between mohair and cashmere. Most Pygora goats produce Type B fleece. Type B fleece can vary in length, softness and fullness. It can also vary drastically in characteristics. Some Type B fleece has Type A characteristics in length and crimp and can have some shine or luster. Type B fleece is generally shorter than Type A pygora fiber, 3-5". Some Type B fleeces have Type C characteristics, with a shorter length and more guard hair than Type A fleece. Most Type B fleece is shorn. However, some Type B fleece can easily be harvested via plucking or combing. We almost always pluck Cornell’s and Betty Lu's Type B fleeces because they each have Type C characteristics.
Pygora is a soft, warm fiber. When blended, pygora adds softness, loft, and warmth to other fibers and gains memory from them. 100% Pygora fiber lends itself well to yarns of gossamer or lace weight up to fingering weight.
Make a spinner smile with a unique gift of pygora roving. Our roving has been commercially washed, dehaired and processed into beautiful pygora pencil roving ready for spinning, blending, dyeing.
Raw Hand-Plucked Type C Pygora Fiber Available Now (pictured at right)
5.4 oz. Type C hand-plucked fleece, no visible guard hair, 3-4” staple
3.2 oz. Type C plucked and combed, very little guard hair, 1.5-3" staple
$50 for entire 8.6 oz.
Yarns at Mountain Meadow Farm--Watch for Photos
3 ply Light sport yarn spun of 65% Pygora Type A, 25% Merino Top, 10% Silk.
2 ply sport yarn spun of 90% Pygora Type B, 10% Alpaca.
3 ply Light Sport yarn spun of 65% Pygora Type B, 25% Merino, 10% Silk.
2 ply Double Knit yarn spun of 65% Pygora Type B, 25% Merino, 10% Silk.
2 ply Light Fingering yarn spun of 95% Pygora Type C fleece and 5% Angora Rabbit top
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