The basics: Skeins: 2 ounces, approximately 180 yards Cones: 2+ pounds. I'll wind off to 1 or 2 pound cones. Approximately 1462 yards/pound
Details: For the first time I have blended my unique Jacob wool with another locally grown wool to create this lovely soft gray yarn. I selected 200 pounds of fine wool on the shearing day at the Timm Ranch. I sorted and skirted fleeces and shipped the wool to Mountain Meadow Wool in Wyoming where it was scoured, carded, and spun. There is a minor amount of vegetable matter in the yarn because Mountain Meadow does not use any chemical process to remove it. I sent samples for micron testing and the average fiber diameter of the Timm Ranch wool was a soft 21.4 microns. My Jacob fleeces usually test at an average of 29 microns. The yarn is a blend of 4 parts Timm Ranch and 1 part Jacob wool. The mixing of the black Jacob fiber with all the white wool gives this yarn the gray tones. This yarn averages 1462 yards/lb and is available on cones and in skeins.
The yarn has not been washed and looks and feels very different than it will be after finishing. If you base your knitted or woven projects on measurements taken from the coned yarn or an unwashed skein, you'll be fooled. I got 18 WPI when measuring yarn right from the cone and 14 WPI when measuring washed yarn. You will want to base your weaving calculations and sett on the washed wool. I have been weaving at a sett of 8 epi in lace and twill patterns and the finished slightly fulled pieces have wonderful drape and softness. If you plan to knit with this yarn I would wash it first. Just soaking in water and then drying is enough to let the yarn will bloom and see what it is like in it's finished state. In photo of skeins, the dyed skein has been wetted and washed during the dyeing process.
Story of the Timm Ranch: The Timm Ranch is located north of Vacaville on the east side of the Vaca Mountains. Susan Timm’s grandfather bought the ranch in the early 1900’s and, although much of the ranch is leased to a cattle rancher, Susan runs about 85 ewes there. Susan’s father started with Targhee sheep and then added Polypay and Rambouillet rams to the flock. Susan’s sheep are descendants of this blend of breeds and produce a fine, soft wool.