Accepting new wool customers on a limited basis- 

NO NEW ALPACA CUSTOMERS AT THIS TIME

TO KEEP OUR TURN AROUND TIME TO UNDER 6 MONTH

Current Wool, Alpaca and Mohair customers please contact us before sending your boxes so we can insure we have the storage capacity to take them. We are working round the clock to keep the queue moving. 

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FYI

  • Due to severe allergies- we do NOT process RABBIT

  • We DO NOT take alpaca 3rds- use them for mulch please

  • We suggest adding merino to your alpaca - it adds loft and memory to your finished products

  • Know that we are not able to spin Alpaca 2nds or coarse blankets into anything but rug yarn, often the fiber is too short to process and will be returned at the owners expense

  • Fiber arriving in house with heavy vegetation matter will be tossed. There is enough good fiber available!

  • If you do not put an order form or a contact into in the bag we will not process the fiber at the time it is pulled to start processing and will be sent to the city compost - we cannot store fiber or contact a medium to tell us who it belongs to - ( wink wink) 

  • If any of your fiber comes into the mill for processing with bugs- eggs or larva- it will be tossed IMMEDIATELY!! This is why it is best to process your fibers as soon as you shear- especially for alpaca- alpaca seems to attract moths more than wool.

  • AGAIN: WE DO NOT GIVE MILL TOURS- we simply have no time with running the business and taking care of 2 handicapped "kiddos". Thank you for understanding. 

IF WE PROCESS YOUR FIBERS WE WASH IT-

Though we have approved a few customers to wash their own fleeces, clean for you is not clean for our machines. This causes issues with the end product, not to mention our equipment and the time it takes to stop the flow of our mill to wash a batch of fiber that was said to be clean. If you want to prewash your fibers to save on shipping and washing weights, know that we will still wash your fibers and you will still be charged. We love creating beautiful roving and yarn for you and that will not happen with dirty fiber.

Prices subject to change without notice

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washing

Prices based on incoming weight

2- lb minimum charge

All Fiber types

1 cycle = 1 wash, 2 rinses - 3 times

$8.00 lb.

Wash & Dye Your Fleece

$15 lb.

Skirt your fibers

$35 per fleece

often we need to skirt

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More on Dying

We do not dye your fleece a solid shade. We use a technique which allows for all the colors in the dye to show through, called splitting. When it is carded, you will end up with richer color instead of one solid shade.  Example:

Jeans vs. Dress Pants

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    Spinning yarn includes carding, blending, spinning, skeining and steaming yarn. Washing is extra.

Your yarn will be bundled in 1 pound bundles - do not panic, it is not one whole large 1 pound skein. Open them up and let them relax. We found this makes it easy to ship. I do not have time nor wrist strength to skein every one.
Other weights of yarn to your specified weights/yardages, if within a few yards no charge, but larger or small yards will be charged 25 cents per skein.  Example: you ask for 50 yard lace weight skeins, you will be charged per skein as we normally do 400 yards per skein. Cones are $1.50 extra.

carded roving

2 pound minimum charge

$8.00 lb.

based on finished weight

plus washing

100% Alpaca, llama and some long wools add $3.00 lb

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carded batts

2 pound minimum

4 ounces    $14.50 lb

8 ounces    $11.50 lb

based on finished weight

plus washing

 

 alpaca, llama or some longwools

must add 15% wool

bulky spun

300-600 ypp

Single Ply       $23.00 lb

2 Ply     $24.00 lb

100 yard skeins

based on finished weight

plus washing

100% alpaca, llama & some longwools

add $3.00 lb.

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Lopi spun

800 - 900 ypp

$24.00 lb.

200 yard skeins

based on finished weight

plus washing

100% alpaca, llama & some longwools

add $3.00 lb.

worsted/aran

800 -1100 ypp

2 ply     $25.00 lb

3 ply     $28.00 lb 

200 yard skeins

based on finished weight

plus washing

100% alpaca, llama & some longwools

add $3.00 lb.

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DK/Sport 

1101 - 1500 ypp

2 ply        $28.00 lb

3 ply        $32.00 lb

250 yard skeins

based on finished weight

plus washing

100% alpaca, llama & some longwools

add $3.00 lb.

Fingering

1501-1800 ypp

2 ply        $32.00 lb

3 ply        $36.00 lb

300 yard skeins

based on finished weight

plus washing

100% alpaca, llama & some longwools

add $3.00 lb.

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lace

1800 and up ypp

2 ply ONLY    $36.00 lb

400 yard skeins

based on finished weight

plus washing

100% alpaca, llama or longwools

add $3.00 lb.

rug yarn

50 ypp

250 yard bumps

corespun on cotton

based on finished weight

$14.75

plus washing

100% alpaca add $3.00/lb.

5 pound minimum charge on finished yarn

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Extra Charges

Extra Charges found on your invoice:

  • Extra Washing- $2.50/lb incoming per cycle * see wash

  • Skirting- $35 - incoming fleece

  • Heavy VM -  $10.00/lb - finished weight

  • Extra Carding - $8.00 for blending more thoroughly or to remove VM- finished weight

  • Meriwether Cleaning- $50 due to heavy kemp or extra VM left on the carding cloth

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Skirting Charge

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Heavy VM Charge

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO ADD MERINO TO ALPACA , LONG WOOL, & MOHAIR SPINNING ORDERS. THESE FIBERS, IF ABLE TO SPIN 100% WILL HAVE A $3.00 PER POUND CHARGE ADDED TO THEM. THESE FIBERS ARE SLIPPERY. WE DO NOT USE CO-HESION FLUID AS SOME MILLS DO. WE DO NOT LIKE THE FEEL OF THE FIBER, IT GUMS UP MERIWETHER, AND THE FINISHED YARN WILL RETAIN SOME ON THE FLIUD, IN OUR OPINION.

IF YOU DO NOT WANT MERINO ADDED TO YOUR FIBERS-

LET US KNOW AND WE WILL SEND THE FIBER BACK AS ROVING.

Why?  Elasticity is determined by the scales of a fiber. Alpaca is stretchy, due to the scales of the fiber being short and smooth.

The fiber of alpaca do not  "lock" together well. 

This results in 100% alpaca yarns having a tendency to stretch, and unlike wool it will not shrink back into place when washed.

A Word about Plies

There's more to a plied yarn than you might think; below are some characteristics of different yarn constructions. At Spinderella's, the  number of plies refers to the number of strands of singles spun within the yarn. Often in commercial yarns, especially in the UK and Australia, the ply number is used as a yarn weight. For instance, a fingering weight yarn is often called "4-ply", regardless of how many strands the yarn actually has.

  • Single Ply - As the name suggests, this is just one strand, or ply of fiber. In a single ply yarn, you might end up with  a biased piece of knitting  and pills easily. This is due to the fiber being twisted in one direction. It is a round yarn and when knitting with it, allows individual stitched to fill all spaces available to them, leaving a "cozy" feel to the fabric. Singles should not be used in a piece that will get a lot of wear because it will pill and come apart. This yarn is great for felting after you know or crochet a project.

  • Two Ply-  This yarn is flatter but has a wavy look to them. Two single plies of yarn are wrapping around each other, giving strength and durability to a finished piece. It is a balanced yarn, and will not skew in one direction like a single ply. It's wavy edge makes for for color-work yarn due to the ease of blending the borders of color changes. They are also traditionally used for lace knitting.

  • Three Ply - Three-ply yarns are more durable and rounder than single or two-ply yarns. Each ply of yarn adds to the durability of the yarn since much more of the surface of the fibers are exposed. Lynn likes the look of a 3 ply yarn, as it adds to stitch definition. While the more plies you add also adds to the density of the yarn because the amount of available space is taken up in each ply.  You might want to consider that for your projects. 

Not sure what weight of yarn you want?

Here is an easy way to figure it out. 

Take a skein of commercial yarn you love working with and look at the wrapper. It will tell you approximate yardage for the weight.

Many times it will have the yarn in grams. We figure based on 4 grams and know it is about 3.5 ounces.

1st, if the yarn says grams and now ounces, take the number of grams and convert to ounces -  example - 100 g / 3.527396195 oz

 

Equation: 16, which is how many oz in a pound, divided by # of ounces x yardage will give you  yards per pound (ypp)

Example : 100 grams = 323 yards

First we will take the number of grams and convert to ounces. In this case, we  know 100 grams equals 3.527 and divide it into 16.

16 / 3.527 = 4.54 , which is the number of skeins you would get in a pound of yarn

Take the number of skeins in a pound and multiply it by yards

4.54  x 323 = 1466.42 yards per pound- a DK/Worsted

If you can't figure it out we can help - email lynn@spinderellas.com

Why your yarn may have unspun, or slubs in the yarn- please watch our video

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Color Stain
Blending Fiber Pricing

Prices current as of 2/2021

21 micron Dyed Merino Wool                                                             $ 2.50 an ounce

19 micron White Merino Wool                                                             $ 2.50 an ounce

19 micron Black Merino Wool                                                             $ 2.75 an ounce

Corriedale/Cheviot Wool                                                                     $1.25 an ounce

Nylon for sock yarn                                                                             $1.35 an ounce

Ecru Bamboo                                                                                      $1.75 an ounce

Dyed Bamboo                                                                                     $ 2.50 an ounce

Tussah Silk - extra bleached                                                               $ 3.50 an ounce

Tencel                                                                                                  $1.50 an ounce

 

        We DO NOT sell fiber to the general public. We carry these fibers for blending with our customer orders.