This year’s Pencil Roving is our highest quality. We are very proud of the roving returned to us from Downhome Handspun Fibers in North Fork, California. We have pencil roving in a variety of white, caramel and grey hues ready for blending and spinning. Our roving may be purchased by the ounce or by the entire bump (cylinder of coiled fiber prepared for spinning).
Our commercially washed and dehaired roving has been run through the dehairing machine 3-5 times. Even the Type A fleece from our wether Michigan was run through the dehairing machine twice.
We sell only natural 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 wools to make finished products softer and to add loft. In exchange, other fleeces add memory to the finished product. Entire fleeces from a particular goat may be reserved in advance for purchase after commercial processing.
Type A—pygora fleece 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—pygora fleece 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".
Type B—pygora 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 fleece.
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.
2016 Roving—$14.00 per Ounce
2015 Cloud—$7.00 per Ounce
2017 Raw Fiber—Limited to Baby's 1st Shearing & special requests
Shetland Wool Top--$14.50 per Ounce; $95 for all 7-8 oz. bags
Make a spinner smile with a unique gift of commercially washed and processed pygora fiber. Our fiber has been commercially washed, dehaired and processed into beautiful pygora pencil roving ready for spinning, blending, dyeing.
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