Although the dikes in northern Germany are full of the woolly four-legged friends and I could see large herds everywhere in Germany, there was no such wool to buy. Glimmers of hope were still isolated farm stores that met my expectations of animal welfare, but simply could not offer the color variety. And now? Well, I’ll just produce my own wool!
And that was exactly my mission in the summer of 2019. My plan was to buy, spin and dye the raw wool in twelve weeks. Well structured, with lots of ambition and energy, it was a well thought out plan. So I grabbed kid and cone, drove to many sheep farms and even walked to the Hallig Süderoog. I didn’t leave until I could take my 20kg bags with me and ship them in moving boxes to a rented garage. By the end of August, I was ready to start processing, even optimally on schedule. No chance! The wool has to be industrially washed before it is allowed on the spinning mill machines. Also, small quantities of wool have a waiting time of about 9-12 months. Time I didn’t want to spend waiting! And larger spinning mills didn’t even accept orders under 500kg of raw wool. No problem! Then I just buy 500kg of raw wool…until I realized that for 500kg of washed raw wool you need about a ton of unwashed wool. As a comparison: That is an entire flock of sheep of about 500 animals, since belly and leg wool is not processed.