Wood Family Farm


Market starts Saturday, April 18!
April 14, 2009, 6:40 pm
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Market preparations are well underway. Seems like preparation details are multiplying like rabbits! We are participating in all three Corvallis/Albany Farmers’ Markets beginning Saturday, April 18.

Corvallis Saturday Farmers’ Market: First Street on the waterfront. Hours 9:00-1:00. Begins Saturday, April 18.

Albany Saturday Farmers’ Market: Across from the courthouse on Fourth and Ellsworth. Hours: 9:00-1:00. Begins Saturday, April 18.

Corvallis Wednesday Farmers’ Market: NEW LOCATION AND HOURS. On 2nd and B street. Hours: 3:00-7:00. Begins Wednesday, April 22.

See ya’ll soon!

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I found your booth this weekend and was interested in the wool yarn. It is not scratchy! And the colors are beautifully subtle…some dyed with Kool-Aid. Can you tell us more about the sheep to yarn process you use?

Comment by Pam Van Londen

The wool does not seem to be as scratchy as some wool yarns. Since our sheep are crossbreeds, we don’t think the breed necessarily contributes to the softness. In talking with the processor, we thought that perhaps since the processors do not use harsh chemicals to strip the lanolin from the wool, the fiber is left more intact. Just a thought.

The dark brown color is the natural color of our black sheep. The tans are dyed with coffee, tea, and beet juice. Turmeric gives a mustard yellow color. The other colors are created by using Kool-Aid.

The process of sheep to yarn. . . .In June, we shear the sheep. John, the sheep shearer, comes to the farm. Once the fleece is off the sheep, we remove any manure, large pieces of hay or dirt, and any matted wool. The fleece is then bagged.

All the wool is taken to the processor. The processor was a spinnery in Silverton but they have now sold their business to a woman in Lebanon. At the processors, the fleece is “picked” or cleaned of vegatable matter. This is a hand process. The fleece is then washed by hand in a biodegradeable soap. After washing, the fleece is dried. Then, all the white wool is place in a large drum to be fluffed and mixed together. This helps the yarn from one lot to have a uniform color. The brown wool is all fluffed together as well. After fluffing, the wool is made into roving or batting. The roving is made into yarn; the batting is made into felt.

The felt is made by a process called “fine-needle” felting. The batting is placed between two large drums with thousands of needles. The felt is made by compressing the batting between the drums.

Once the wool has been processed, I dye it using tea, coffee, kool-aid or whatever else I think might make a nice color. I thought the beet juice would give me a lovely red. Imagine my surprise when I pulled out tan-colored yarn! To dye the yarn, I basically make a “brew”, place the yarn in the pot and gently warm the liquid and yarn. I use vinegar is acidify the solution. Like the processing, I don’t use any caustic chemicals for dye.

Lots of hand work goes into creating our yarns. The sheep are sheared individually; the fleeces are cleaned and washed individually and by hand; the dyed yarns are all processed by hand and in very small lots of one-three skeins per dye batch.

Hope that answers your questions and you enjoyed your time at market. . . .Looks like I have the makings of another page on the website!:>

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