Chelsea Moller, a member of the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild, and a student at CU. She was stationed in the CU agriculture section. To give you a sneak peek, these are the steps to making yarn. It all starts with a sheep. Every spring sheep get sheared just before they give birth to new lambs. Chelsea explained that, “wool grown on legs is coarse, you don’t want that.” Other areas of wool are the back end, I believe you should know why. You then put the wool in a big pot full of hot water, almost boiling to get the grease out. They then put it in warm water with soap to just clean it out. The next step is to send it to a company with machines called flickers and carters. The flicker gets out any extra matter stuck in the fiber. The carter combs it out so it can be easier to work with when making yarn. Chelsea described that, “combed wool makes strong yarn.” Drafting thins and tightens the wool so it is easier to spin. The spindle is a stick with a round circle on the top that has a hook connected to it which you put a little yarn you have already made and connect it to the drafted wool. You then spin the spindle and it will wrap around itself. When the yarn is done, you wrap it around the shaft of the spindle. Sheep’s wool is strong, and it doesn’t catch on fire like man made fiber.
The Rocky Mountain Weaver’s Guild is an organization that makes yarn, lots of it. Chelsea is a member of this organization and one really interesting things they do is Sheep to Shawl. Sheep to Shawl has people making yarn, using the whole process in one day. You have a team, but it is still a complicated process, long too. But people can do it, that’s when they compete in Sheep to Shawl. The Stock Show is home to many people and things, but I never expected to see a fiber artist. Though, now I did, I’m glad I did.