July 19, 2021
Purpose of the Mill
Finding our flow in all the noise
Suddenly one day at the mill I thought, “something’s changed.” At first I couldn’t pin it down. Had we gotten used to the insane heat? The elevated humidity that makes the fibers behave? Well, behave for the most part. Was it that my feet no longer hollered at me to...
April 24, 2021
Zen and the Art of Fiber Mill Maintenance
Learning how to care for our machines
It started out as an innocent upkeep task. I came into the mill with the goal of pin drafting some roving orders and noticed that one of the oil reservoirs was a little low. As I was going to refill it, the little O-ring fell down into the machine. Deep...
April 11, 2021
You’ve Got This
Adventures in learning to operate a wool mill
When we bought the mill from the previous owner, he gave us great hands-on lessons and assured us that the equipment was not difficult to master. And in hindsight he was right. We’re up and running, making really gorgeous fiber products from raw wool. But I’m not young and mastering...
April 6, 2021
Skirting Your Fleece
How to get your fleece ready for processing at our mill
What is “Skirting”? Skirting is the process of removing the unsuitable-for-processing bits from your shorn fleece. This includes: Vegetable matter (“VM”) including hay, burrs, seeds Wood shavings* Poop Short fibers or “second cuts” It’s in your best interest to skirt thoroughly before bringing your fleece to the mill; a...
March 31, 2021
Shearing Day 2021
A time-lapse of shearing at Savage Hart Farm
Check out this time-lapse of Shearing Day 2021 (March 20th) at Peggy and her husband Todd's farm. It was so much fun to get together with our fiber friends to skirt fleeces while Gwen Hinman expertly sheared their flock of 30 colored Corriedale sheep (18 of which turned out to...
March 15, 2021
Thank you, fiber farmers!
It is humbling to receive gifts. When we knew for sure that this mill was going to happen, we also knew we had no real idea how to process wool with the elaborate equipment. The only way we are going to master the craft is practice, practice, practice. To that...
March 11, 2021
Training Comes to an End
We're on our own
I’m sitting on my farmers' market folding stool, pulled up to our stainless steel working table, typing on my laptop with sun pouring through the storefront windows of our new mill. What counts as morning rush hour traffic is to my left and to my right is all the mill’s...
February 26, 2021
Discover Norwich Talk
Presenting on Sheep & Mills
This past Thursday, February 25th we gave our first talk about the mill. The Zoom event was hosted by the Norwich Historical Society in partnership with Norwich Public Library for their weekly Discover Norwich Series , which came about as a way to raise money for local restaurants affected...
February 24, 2021
Moving Part 2
Now we're really in business
After a night of furious sweeping and shoveling and a last minute call to hack off the bottom of our staircase to nowhere, move-in day finally arrived and we had to leave well enough alone. I recruited my husband, Cody as an extra set of hands (and photographer) for the...
February 22, 2021
Moving Part 1
What is rigging anyway?
“Just as long as it’s not February”. That was Michael Hampton’s plea back in October when we asked when he would prefer us to move the mill equipment we had agreed to purchase. Well, here we are on February 22nd having done just that after a series of well-intentioned earlier...
February 19, 2021
Meet the Founders
Peggy and Amanda
Wool thrills me and I cannot tell you why. Raw wool, clean wool, wool yarn, wool sweaters, felted mittens. Love them all. I do know how my passion was ignited. At a summer festival held in Lincoln Park, Chicago, I waded through the crowds, vendors and demonstration and stumbled on...