Alla Walla Walla - Hershel - fingering weight yarn

$30.00

Hershel was born on April 1, 2017. He was the first cria (baby) born to Bella. He was named for his grandpa-like demeanor and Hershey kiss-inspired coloring.

Hershel grazed on our pastures all season long, before hunkering down in the barn all winter with his weanling pals. Their winter hay was grown with pride by our neighbor, just down the road from us in Walla Walla. It provided much needed nourishment during a long winter with lots of snow and ice.

On May 15, 2018, Hershel was shorn alongside all his herd mates. Having over a year’s growth, his locks were nearly 10” long at shearing! He handled the 8-minute shearing ordeal just like any toddler experiencing their first hair cut! Post-shearing Hershel was the most adorable bobble head, noodle neck in the freshly shorn bunch!

A few weeks after shearing, Hershel’s fiber was skillfully and lovingly milled by Waitsburg Wool Works (WWW), a brand new mini mill located on Lewis Peak in Waitsburg, about 20 minutes from the homestead. What looked like a deep chocolate brown fiber with copper sun kissed tips at shearing, once cleaned up and spun by WWW, turned out to be a stunning bay black, 2-ply fingering weight yarn with impressive luster!

From start-to-finish, this is a true local fiber. Each input into growing this fiber was derived from Walla Walla County. Each step in processing it was done in Walla Walla County, by small farms and small businesses. This yarn is not just made in the USA, not just made in Washington, but it is completely Made in Walla Walla County! It’s alla Walla Walla!

Your purchase supports small farms, small businesses, sustainable agriculture and the resurgence of domestic manufacturing!

200 yards, 2-ply fingering, 100% suri alpaca fiber from Hershel’s 2018 fiber clip

Hand wash only, lay flat to dry

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