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  • #004 | SheepChain

    Blanket #004 Traceability Number: 25300 -A6 -B4 -C3 -E45 -004 25300 University of Wyoming 92-165-291-2390 February 1st, 2022 Shearing: Laramie, Wyoming The University of Wyoming's heritage sheep flock located in Laramie, Wyoming is comprised of 300 Rambouillet ewes. The growing flock of fine wool ewes provides all the necessary fiber for the Wool Initiative Blanket Project. Shearing is done by an experienced group of professionals that ensure the animals are cared for and treated properly. Once the fleece comes off the sheep, usually ranging from 8.0 - 12.0 pounds, it is taken back to the wool handling room. An associated barcode matching the ewe's Electronic Identification Number (EID) is placed with the fleece and is later scanned once the wool is weighed and sorted. Fleeces are sorted on things like fiber strength and fiber diameter, two very important aspects to creating quality yarn later in the process. All of the wool is put into the wool press and is baled for transportation to the mill. In 2022, the Laramie Research and Extension Center (LREC) based flock obtained the American Wool Assurance (AWA) Level III - Certified Status . The University of Wyoming was the first flock in the United States to obtain this certificate. To learn more about AWA or to look up the flock's certification, click on the AWA logo above. Find out which fleeces were used in your blanket! First-Stage Processing A6 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill May 3rd, 2022 Scouring: Buffalo, Wyoming Carding: Buffalo, Wyoming Combing: Buffalo, Wyoming First-Stage Processing consists of three different stages: scouring, carding and combing. First-Stage Processing begins as raw wool (arriving at the mill in a bale) and ends as a long sliver (pronounced sly-ver) of fibers (called Top) ready to be spun into yarn. Scouring is the process of cleaning raw wool with water and a little bit of biodegradable detergent to take out the dirt lanolin (a natural oil produced by sheep). After scouring, carding begins to untangle and aligns all of the wool fibers in the same direction. The final stage is combing which helps remove the vegetable matter and short fibers. The final result is combed top, ready to be dyed and spun into yarn. Dyeing B4 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill June 16th, 2022 Dyeing: Buffalo, Wyoming At Mountain Meadow Wool, two artisan dyeing processes are used. Large quantities of wool are dyed in the combed top form (shown in the video) and small quantities of wool are dyed in the yarn form. Both of these processes are done by hand, which is why you can sometimes see a bit of variability within the colors of your blanket. The white on your blanket is undyed wool (the color of the sheep), the gold is made through the combed top dying process and is the brown in the blanket is dyed in the yarn form. Spinning C3 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill June 29th, 2022 Spinning: Buffalo, Wyoming The spinning process is what turns the combed top into yarn. This is done on a large spinning frame where 112 separate spindles can be spun at once. This process is the most time consuming, as it takes about 2 hours to set up each side before it can spin the yarn. Once this process is complete, knitting can begin. Knitting E45 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill July 19th, 2022 Knitting: Buffalo, Wyoming The knitting process takes place on a very intricate machine. 1,000 needles bring the correct color of wool yarn into place and knits together the beautiful Wyoming Gold blanket. The whole knitting process takes about 2 hours. Following the completion of the blanket, the assigned leather patch made by Range Leather in Laramie, Wyoming is sewn on and the blanket is shipped back to Laramie and packaged just for you! Producer from all of us at Wyoming Wool Initiative thank you for all you do to support us! www.uwyo.edu/wyowool

  • #003 | SheepChain

    Blanket #003 Traceability Number: 25300 -A6 -B4 -C3 -E45 -003 25300 University of Wyoming 92-165-291-2390 February 1st, 2022 Shearing: Laramie, Wyoming The University of Wyoming's heritage sheep flock located in Laramie, Wyoming is comprised of 300 Rambouillet ewes. The growing flock of fine wool ewes provides all the necessary fiber for the Wool Initiative Blanket Project. Shearing is done by an experienced group of professionals that ensure the animals are cared for and treated properly. Once the fleece comes off the sheep, usually ranging from 8.0 - 12.0 pounds, it is taken back to the wool handling room. An associated barcode matching the ewe's Electronic Identification Number (EID) is placed with the fleece and is later scanned once the wool is weighed and sorted. Fleeces are sorted on things like fiber strength and fiber diameter, two very important aspects to creating quality yarn later in the process. All of the wool is put into the wool press and is baled for transportation to the mill. In 2022, the Laramie Research and Extension Center (LREC) based flock obtained the American Wool Assurance (AWA) Level III - Certified Status . The University of Wyoming was the first flock in the United States to obtain this certificate. To learn more about AWA or to look up the flock's certification, click on the AWA logo above. Find out which fleeces were used in your blanket! First-Stage Processing A6 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill May 3rd, 2022 Scouring: Buffalo, Wyoming Carding: Buffalo, Wyoming Combing: Buffalo, Wyoming First-Stage Processing consists of three different stages: scouring, carding and combing. First-Stage Processing begins as raw wool (arriving at the mill in a bale) and ends as a long sliver (pronounced sly-ver) of fibers (called Top) ready to be spun into yarn. Scouring is the process of cleaning raw wool with water and a little bit of biodegradable detergent to take out the dirt lanolin (a natural oil produced by sheep). After scouring, carding begins to untangle and aligns all of the wool fibers in the same direction. The final stage is combing which helps remove the vegetable matter and short fibers. The final result is combed top, ready to be dyed and spun into yarn. Dyeing B4 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill June 16th, 2022 Dyeing: Buffalo, Wyoming At Mountain Meadow Wool, two artisan dyeing processes are used. Large quantities of wool are dyed in the combed top form (shown in the video) and small quantities of wool are dyed in the yarn form. Both of these processes are done by hand, which is why you can sometimes see a bit of variability within the colors of your blanket. The white on your blanket is undyed wool (the color of the sheep), the gold is made through the combed top dying process and is the brown in the blanket is dyed in the yarn form. Spinning C3 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill June 29th, 2022 Spinning: Buffalo, Wyoming The spinning process is what turns the combed top into yarn. This is done on a large spinning frame where 112 separate spindles can be spun at once. This process is the most time consuming, as it takes about 2 hours to set up each side before it can spin the yarn. Once this process is complete, knitting can begin. Knitting E45 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill July 19th, 2022 Knitting: Buffalo, Wyoming The knitting process takes place on a very intricate machine. 1,000 needles bring the correct color of wool yarn into place and knits together the beautiful Wyoming Gold blanket. The whole knitting process takes about 2 hours. Following the completion of the blanket, the assigned leather patch made by Range Leather in Laramie, Wyoming is sewn on and the blanket is shipped back to Laramie and packaged just for you! Producer from all of us at Wyoming Wool Initiative thank you for all you do to support us! www.uwyo.edu/wyowool

  • #002 | SheepChain

    Blanket #002 Traceability Number: 25300 -A6 -B4 -C3 -E45 -002 25300 University of Wyoming 92-165-291-2390 February 1st, 2022 Shearing: Laramie, Wyoming The University of Wyoming's heritage sheep flock located in Laramie, Wyoming is comprised of 300 Rambouillet ewes. The growing flock of fine wool ewes provides all the necessary fiber for the Wool Initiative Blanket Project. Shearing is done by an experienced group of professionals that ensure the animals are cared for and treated properly. Once the fleece comes off the sheep, usually ranging from 8.0 - 12.0 pounds, it is taken back to the wool handling room. An associated barcode matching the ewe's Electronic Identification Number (EID) is placed with the fleece and is later scanned once the wool is weighed and sorted. Fleeces are sorted on things like fiber strength and fiber diameter, two very important aspects to creating quality yarn later in the process. All of the wool is put into the wool press and is baled for transportation to the mill. In 2022, the Laramie Research and Extension Center (LREC) based flock obtained the American Wool Assurance (AWA) Level III - Certified Status . The University of Wyoming was the first flock in the United States to obtain this certificate. To learn more about AWA or to look up the flock's certification, click on the AWA logo above. Find out which fleeces were used in your blanket! First-Stage Processing A6 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill May 3rd, 2022 Scouring: Buffalo, Wyoming Carding: Buffalo, Wyoming Combing: Buffalo, Wyoming First-Stage Processing consists of three different stages: scouring, carding and combing. First-Stage Processing begins as raw wool (arriving at the mill in a bale) and ends as a long sliver (pronounced sly-ver) of fibers (called Top) ready to be spun into yarn. Scouring is the process of cleaning raw wool with water and a little bit of biodegradable detergent to take out the dirt lanolin (a natural oil produced by sheep). After scouring, carding begins to untangle and aligns all of the wool fibers in the same direction. The final stage is combing which helps remove the vegetable matter and short fibers. The final result is combed top, ready to be dyed and spun into yarn. Dyeing B4 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill June 16th, 2022 Dyeing: Buffalo, Wyoming At Mountain Meadow Wool, two artisan dyeing processes are used. Large quantities of wool are dyed in the combed top form (shown in the video) and small quantities of wool are dyed in the yarn form. Both of these processes are done by hand, which is why you can sometimes see a bit of variability within the colors of your blanket. The white on your blanket is undyed wool (the color of the sheep), the gold is made through the combed top dying process and is the brown in the blanket is dyed in the yarn form. Spinning C3 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill June 29th, 2022 Spinning: Buffalo, Wyoming The spinning process is what turns the combed top into yarn. This is done on a large spinning frame where 112 separate spindles can be spun at once. This process is the most time consuming, as it takes about 2 hours to set up each side before it can spin the yarn. Once this process is complete, knitting can begin. Knitting E45 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill July 19th, 2022 Knitting: Buffalo, Wyoming The knitting process takes place on a very intricate machine. 1,000 needles bring the correct color of wool yarn into place and knits together the beautiful Wyoming Gold blanket. The whole knitting process takes about 2 hours. Following the completion of the blanket, the assigned leather patch made by Range Leather in Laramie, Wyoming is sewn on and the blanket is shipped back to Laramie and packaged just for you! Producer from all of us at Wyoming Wool Initiative thank you for all you do to support us! www.uwyo.edu/wyowool

  • #021 | SheepChain

    Blanket #021 Traceability Number: 25300 -A6 -B4 -C3 -E45 -021 25300 University of Wyoming 92-165-291-2390 February 1st, 2022 Shearing: Laramie, Wyoming The University of Wyoming's heritage sheep flock located in Laramie, Wyoming is comprised of 300 Rambouillet ewes. The growing flock of fine wool ewes provides all the necessary fiber for the Wool Initiative Blanket Project. Shearing is done by an experienced group of professionals that ensure the animals are cared for and treated properly. Once the fleece comes off the sheep, usually ranging from 8.0 - 12.0 pounds, it is taken back to the wool handling room. An associated barcode matching the ewe's Electronic Identification Number (EID) is placed with the fleece and is later scanned once the wool is weighed and sorted. Fleeces are sorted on things like fiber strength and fiber diameter, two very important aspects to creating quality yarn later in the process. All of the wool is put into the wool press and is baled for transportation to the mill. In 2022, the Laramie Research and Extension Center (LREC) based flock obtained the American Wool Assurance (AWA) Level III - Certified Status . The University of Wyoming was the first flock in the United States to obtain this certificate. To learn more about AWA or to look up the flock's certification, click on the AWA logo above. Find out which fleeces were used in your blanket! First-Stage Processing A6 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill May 3rd, 2022 Scouring: Buffalo, Wyoming Carding: Buffalo, Wyoming Combing: Buffalo, Wyoming First-Stage Processing consists of three different stages: scouring, carding and combing. First-Stage Processing begins as raw wool (arriving at the mill in a bale) and ends as a long sliver (pronounced sly-ver) of fibers (called Top) ready to be spun into yarn. Scouring is the process of cleaning raw wool with water and a little bit of biodegradable detergent to take out the dirt lanolin (a natural oil produced by sheep). After scouring, carding begins to untangle and aligns all of the wool fibers in the same direction. The final stage is combing which helps remove the vegetable matter and short fibers. The final result is combed top, ready to be dyed and spun into yarn. Dyeing B4 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill June 16th, 2022 Dyeing: Buffalo, Wyoming At Mountain Meadow Wool, two artisan dyeing processes are used. Large quantities of wool are dyed in the combed top form (shown in the video) and small quantities of wool are dyed in the yarn form. Both of these processes are done by hand, which is why you can sometimes see a bit of variability within the colors of your blanket. The white on your blanket is undyed wool (the color of the sheep), the gold is made through the combed top dying process and is the brown in the blanket is dyed in the yarn form. Spinning C3 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill June 29th, 2022 Spinning: Buffalo, Wyoming The spinning process is what turns the combed top into yarn. This is done on a large spinning frame where 112 separate spindles can be spun at once. This process is the most time consuming, as it takes about 2 hours to set up each side before it can spin the yarn. Once this process is complete, knitting can begin. Knitting E45 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill July 19th, 2022 Knitting: Buffalo, Wyoming The knitting process takes place on a very intricate machine. 1,000 needles bring the correct color of wool yarn into place and knits together the beautiful Wyoming Gold blanket. The whole knitting process takes about 2 hours. Following the completion of the blanket, the assigned leather patch made by Range Leather in Laramie, Wyoming is sewn on and the blanket is shipped back to Laramie and packaged just for you! Producer from all of us at Wyoming Wool Initiative thank you for all you do to support us! www.uwyo.edu/wyowool

  • #001 | SheepChain

    Blanket #001 Traceability Number: 25300 -A6 -B4 -C3 -E45 -001 25300 University of Wyoming 92-165-291-2390 February 1st, 2022 Shearing: Laramie, Wyoming The University of Wyoming's heritage sheep flock located in Laramie, Wyoming is comprised of 300 Rambouillet ewes. The growing flock of fine wool ewes provides all the necessary fiber for the Wool Initiative Blanket Project. Shearing is done by an experienced group of professionals that ensure the animals are cared for and treated properly. Once the fleece comes off the sheep, usually ranging from 8.0 - 12.0 pounds, it is taken back to the wool handling room. An associated barcode matching the ewe's Electronic Identification Number (EID) is placed with the fleece and is later scanned once the wool is weighed and sorted. Fleeces are sorted on things like fiber strength and fiber diameter, two very important aspects to creating quality yarn later in the process. All of the wool is put into the wool press and is baled for transportation to the mill. In 2022, the Laramie Research and Extension Center (LREC) based flock obtained the American Wool Assurance (AWA) Level III - Certified Status . The University of Wyoming was the first flock in the United States to obtain this certificate. To learn more about AWA or to look up the flock's certification, click on the AWA logo above. Find out which fleeces were used in your blanket! First-Stage Processing A6 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill May 3rd, 2022 Scouring: Buffalo, Wyoming Carding: Buffalo, Wyoming Combing: Buffalo, Wyoming First-Stage Processing consists of three different stages: scouring, carding and combing. First-Stage Processing begins as raw wool (arriving at the mill in a bale) and ends as a long sliver (pronounced sly-ver) of fibers (called Top) ready to be spun into yarn. Scouring is the process of cleaning raw wool with water and a little bit of biodegradable detergent to take out the dirt lanolin (a natural oil produced by sheep). After scouring, carding begins to untangle and aligns all of the wool fibers in the same direction. The final stage is combing which helps remove the vegetable matter and short fibers. The final result is combed top, ready to be dyed and spun into yarn. Dyeing B4 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill June 16th, 2022 Dyeing: Buffalo, Wyoming At Mountain Meadow Wool, two artisan dyeing processes are used. Large quantities of wool are dyed in the combed top form (shown in the video) and small quantities of wool are dyed in the yarn form. Both of these processes are done by hand, which is why you can sometimes see a bit of variability within the colors of your blanket. The white on your blanket is undyed wool (the color of the sheep), the gold is made through the combed top dying process and is the brown in the blanket is dyed in the yarn form. Spinning C3 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill June 29th, 2022 Spinning: Buffalo, Wyoming The spinning process is what turns the combed top into yarn. This is done on a large spinning frame where 112 separate spindles can be spun at once. This process is the most time consuming, as it takes about 2 hours to set up each side before it can spin the yarn. Once this process is complete, knitting can begin. Knitting E45 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill July 19th, 2022 Knitting: Buffalo, Wyoming The knitting process takes place on a very intricate machine. 1,000 needles bring the correct color of wool yarn into place and knits together the beautiful Wyoming Gold blanket. The whole knitting process takes about 2 hours. Following the completion of the blanket, the assigned leather patch made by Range Leather in Laramie, Wyoming is sewn on and the blanket is shipped back to Laramie and packaged just for you! Producer from all of us at Wyoming Wool Initiative thank you for all you do to support us! www.uwyo.edu/wyowool

  • Home | SheepChain

    PRESS July 24, 202s Casper Star-Tribune: University of Wyoming Launches Wyoming Wool Initiative ​ April 24, 2021 High Plains Journal: Throws spun from Wyoming wool will boost UW sheep program, utilize blockchain ​ July 7, 2022 WPR: UW Sheep Program Launches Wyoming Wool Initiative ​ July 20, 2022 UW AG News: UW Launches New Wyoming Wool Initiative and Lamb-a-Year Program ​ June 4, 2021 WPR: University Of Wyoming Sheep Program Will Combine Blockchain And Wyoming Wool ​ April 18, 2021 Casper Star-Tribune: UW plans to make limited edition quilts utilizing blockchain technology ​ learn more Extension Sheep & Goat Monthly Webinar Hosted by UI-UW-USU UWYO Extension Sheep Program ​ INDUSTRY RESOURCES BLANKET PROJECT

  • #025 | SheepChain

    Blanket #025 Traceability Number: 25300 -A6 -B4 -C3 -E45 -025 25300 University of Wyoming 92-165-291-2390 February 1st, 2022 Shearing: Laramie, Wyoming The University of Wyoming's heritage sheep flock located in Laramie, Wyoming is comprised of 300 Rambouillet ewes. The growing flock of fine wool ewes provides all the necessary fiber for the Wool Initiative Blanket Project. Shearing is done by an experienced group of professionals that ensure the animals are cared for and treated properly. Once the fleece comes off the sheep, usually ranging from 8.0 - 12.0 pounds, it is taken back to the wool handling room. An associated barcode matching the ewe's Electronic Identification Number (EID) is placed with the fleece and is later scanned once the wool is weighed and sorted. Fleeces are sorted on things like fiber strength and fiber diameter, two very important aspects to creating quality yarn later in the process. All of the wool is put into the wool press and is baled for transportation to the mill. In 2022, the Laramie Research and Extension Center (LREC) based flock obtained the American Wool Assurance (AWA) Level III - Certified Status . The University of Wyoming was the first flock in the United States to obtain this certificate. To learn more about AWA or to look up the flock's certification, click on the AWA logo above. Find out which fleeces were used in your blanket! First-Stage Processing A6 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill May 3rd, 2022 Scouring: Buffalo, Wyoming Carding: Buffalo, Wyoming Combing: Buffalo, Wyoming First-Stage Processing consists of three different stages: scouring, carding and combing. First-Stage Processing begins as raw wool (arriving at the mill in a bale) and ends as a long sliver (pronounced sly-ver) of fibers (called Top) ready to be spun into yarn. Scouring is the process of cleaning raw wool with water and a little bit of biodegradable detergent to take out the dirt lanolin (a natural oil produced by sheep). After scouring, carding begins to untangle and aligns all of the wool fibers in the same direction. The final stage is combing which helps remove the vegetable matter and short fibers. The final result is combed top, ready to be dyed and spun into yarn. Dyeing B4 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill June 16th, 2022 Dyeing: Buffalo, Wyoming At Mountain Meadow Wool, two artisan dyeing processes are used. Large quantities of wool are dyed in the combed top form (shown in the video) and small quantities of wool are dyed in the yarn form. Both of these processes are done by hand, which is why you can sometimes see a bit of variability within the colors of your blanket. The white on your blanket is undyed wool (the color of the sheep), the gold is made through the combed top dying process and is the brown in the blanket is dyed in the yarn form. Spinning C3 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill June 29th, 2022 Spinning: Buffalo, Wyoming The spinning process is what turns the combed top into yarn. This is done on a large spinning frame where 112 separate spindles can be spun at once. This process is the most time consuming, as it takes about 2 hours to set up each side before it can spin the yarn. Once this process is complete, knitting can begin. Knitting E45 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill July 19th, 2022 Knitting: Buffalo, Wyoming The knitting process takes place on a very intricate machine. 1,000 needles bring the correct color of wool yarn into place and knits together the beautiful Wyoming Gold blanket. The whole knitting process takes about 2 hours. Following the completion of the blanket, the assigned leather patch made by Range Leather in Laramie, Wyoming is sewn on and the blanket is shipped back to Laramie and packaged just for you! Producer from all of us at Wyoming Wool Initiative thank you for all you do to support us! www.uwyo.edu/wyowool

  • #022 | SheepChain

    Blanket #022 Traceability Number: 25300 -A6 -B4 -C3 -E45 -022 25300 University of Wyoming 92-165-291-2390 February 1st, 2022 Shearing: Laramie, Wyoming The University of Wyoming's heritage sheep flock located in Laramie, Wyoming is comprised of 300 Rambouillet ewes. The growing flock of fine wool ewes provides all the necessary fiber for the Wool Initiative Blanket Project. Shearing is done by an experienced group of professionals that ensure the animals are cared for and treated properly. Once the fleece comes off the sheep, usually ranging from 8.0 - 12.0 pounds, it is taken back to the wool handling room. An associated barcode matching the ewe's Electronic Identification Number (EID) is placed with the fleece and is later scanned once the wool is weighed and sorted. Fleeces are sorted on things like fiber strength and fiber diameter, two very important aspects to creating quality yarn later in the process. All of the wool is put into the wool press and is baled for transportation to the mill. In 2022, the Laramie Research and Extension Center (LREC) based flock obtained the American Wool Assurance (AWA) Level III - Certified Status . The University of Wyoming was the first flock in the United States to obtain this certificate. To learn more about AWA or to look up the flock's certification, click on the AWA logo above. Find out which fleeces were used in your blanket! First-Stage Processing A6 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill May 3rd, 2022 Scouring: Buffalo, Wyoming Carding: Buffalo, Wyoming Combing: Buffalo, Wyoming First-Stage Processing consists of three different stages: scouring, carding and combing. First-Stage Processing begins as raw wool (arriving at the mill in a bale) and ends as a long sliver (pronounced sly-ver) of fibers (called Top) ready to be spun into yarn. Scouring is the process of cleaning raw wool with water and a little bit of biodegradable detergent to take out the dirt lanolin (a natural oil produced by sheep). After scouring, carding begins to untangle and aligns all of the wool fibers in the same direction. The final stage is combing which helps remove the vegetable matter and short fibers. The final result is combed top, ready to be dyed and spun into yarn. Dyeing B4 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill June 16th, 2022 Dyeing: Buffalo, Wyoming At Mountain Meadow Wool, two artisan dyeing processes are used. Large quantities of wool are dyed in the combed top form (shown in the video) and small quantities of wool are dyed in the yarn form. Both of these processes are done by hand, which is why you can sometimes see a bit of variability within the colors of your blanket. The white on your blanket is undyed wool (the color of the sheep), the gold is made through the combed top dying process and is the brown in the blanket is dyed in the yarn form. Spinning C3 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill June 29th, 2022 Spinning: Buffalo, Wyoming The spinning process is what turns the combed top into yarn. This is done on a large spinning frame where 112 separate spindles can be spun at once. This process is the most time consuming, as it takes about 2 hours to set up each side before it can spin the yarn. Once this process is complete, knitting can begin. Knitting E45 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill July 19th, 2022 Knitting: Buffalo, Wyoming The knitting process takes place on a very intricate machine. 1,000 needles bring the correct color of wool yarn into place and knits together the beautiful Wyoming Gold blanket. The whole knitting process takes about 2 hours. Following the completion of the blanket, the assigned leather patch made by Range Leather in Laramie, Wyoming is sewn on and the blanket is shipped back to Laramie and packaged just for you! Producer from all of us at Wyoming Wool Initiative thank you for all you do to support us! www.uwyo.edu/wyowool

  • #023 | SheepChain

    Blanket #023 Traceability Number: 25300 -A6 -B4 -C3 -E45 -023 25300 University of Wyoming 92-165-291-2390 February 1st, 2022 Shearing: Laramie, Wyoming The University of Wyoming's heritage sheep flock located in Laramie, Wyoming is comprised of 300 Rambouillet ewes. The growing flock of fine wool ewes provides all the necessary fiber for the Wool Initiative Blanket Project. Shearing is done by an experienced group of professionals that ensure the animals are cared for and treated properly. Once the fleece comes off the sheep, usually ranging from 8.0 - 12.0 pounds, it is taken back to the wool handling room. An associated barcode matching the ewe's Electronic Identification Number (EID) is placed with the fleece and is later scanned once the wool is weighed and sorted. Fleeces are sorted on things like fiber strength and fiber diameter, two very important aspects to creating quality yarn later in the process. All of the wool is put into the wool press and is baled for transportation to the mill. In 2022, the Laramie Research and Extension Center (LREC) based flock obtained the American Wool Assurance (AWA) Level III - Certified Status . The University of Wyoming was the first flock in the United States to obtain this certificate. To learn more about AWA or to look up the flock's certification, click on the AWA logo above. Find out which fleeces were used in your blanket! First-Stage Processing A6 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill May 3rd, 2022 Scouring: Buffalo, Wyoming Carding: Buffalo, Wyoming Combing: Buffalo, Wyoming First-Stage Processing consists of three different stages: scouring, carding and combing. First-Stage Processing begins as raw wool (arriving at the mill in a bale) and ends as a long sliver (pronounced sly-ver) of fibers (called Top) ready to be spun into yarn. Scouring is the process of cleaning raw wool with water and a little bit of biodegradable detergent to take out the dirt lanolin (a natural oil produced by sheep). After scouring, carding begins to untangle and aligns all of the wool fibers in the same direction. The final stage is combing which helps remove the vegetable matter and short fibers. The final result is combed top, ready to be dyed and spun into yarn. Dyeing B4 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill June 16th, 2022 Dyeing: Buffalo, Wyoming At Mountain Meadow Wool, two artisan dyeing processes are used. Large quantities of wool are dyed in the combed top form (shown in the video) and small quantities of wool are dyed in the yarn form. Both of these processes are done by hand, which is why you can sometimes see a bit of variability within the colors of your blanket. The white on your blanket is undyed wool (the color of the sheep), the gold is made through the combed top dying process and is the brown in the blanket is dyed in the yarn form. Spinning C3 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill June 29th, 2022 Spinning: Buffalo, Wyoming The spinning process is what turns the combed top into yarn. This is done on a large spinning frame where 112 separate spindles can be spun at once. This process is the most time consuming, as it takes about 2 hours to set up each side before it can spin the yarn. Once this process is complete, knitting can begin. Knitting E45 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill July 19th, 2022 Knitting: Buffalo, Wyoming The knitting process takes place on a very intricate machine. 1,000 needles bring the correct color of wool yarn into place and knits together the beautiful Wyoming Gold blanket. The whole knitting process takes about 2 hours. Following the completion of the blanket, the assigned leather patch made by Range Leather in Laramie, Wyoming is sewn on and the blanket is shipped back to Laramie and packaged just for you! Producer from all of us at Wyoming Wool Initiative thank you for all you do to support us! www.uwyo.edu/wyowool

  • #024 | SheepChain

    Blanket #024 Traceability Number: 25300 -A6 -B4 -C3 -E45 -024 25300 University of Wyoming 92-165-291-2390 February 1st, 2022 Shearing: Laramie, Wyoming The University of Wyoming's heritage sheep flock located in Laramie, Wyoming is comprised of 300 Rambouillet ewes. The growing flock of fine wool ewes provides all the necessary fiber for the Wool Initiative Blanket Project. Shearing is done by an experienced group of professionals that ensure the animals are cared for and treated properly. Once the fleece comes off the sheep, usually ranging from 8.0 - 12.0 pounds, it is taken back to the wool handling room. An associated barcode matching the ewe's Electronic Identification Number (EID) is placed with the fleece and is later scanned once the wool is weighed and sorted. Fleeces are sorted on things like fiber strength and fiber diameter, two very important aspects to creating quality yarn later in the process. All of the wool is put into the wool press and is baled for transportation to the mill. In 2022, the Laramie Research and Extension Center (LREC) based flock obtained the American Wool Assurance (AWA) Level III - Certified Status . The University of Wyoming was the first flock in the United States to obtain this certificate. To learn more about AWA or to look up the flock's certification, click on the AWA logo above. Find out which fleeces were used in your blanket! First-Stage Processing A6 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill May 3rd, 2022 Scouring: Buffalo, Wyoming Carding: Buffalo, Wyoming Combing: Buffalo, Wyoming First-Stage Processing consists of three different stages: scouring, carding and combing. First-Stage Processing begins as raw wool (arriving at the mill in a bale) and ends as a long sliver (pronounced sly-ver) of fibers (called Top) ready to be spun into yarn. Scouring is the process of cleaning raw wool with water and a little bit of biodegradable detergent to take out the dirt lanolin (a natural oil produced by sheep). After scouring, carding begins to untangle and aligns all of the wool fibers in the same direction. The final stage is combing which helps remove the vegetable matter and short fibers. The final result is combed top, ready to be dyed and spun into yarn. Dyeing B4 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill June 16th, 2022 Dyeing: Buffalo, Wyoming At Mountain Meadow Wool, two artisan dyeing processes are used. Large quantities of wool are dyed in the combed top form (shown in the video) and small quantities of wool are dyed in the yarn form. Both of these processes are done by hand, which is why you can sometimes see a bit of variability within the colors of your blanket. The white on your blanket is undyed wool (the color of the sheep), the gold is made through the combed top dying process and is the brown in the blanket is dyed in the yarn form. Spinning C3 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill June 29th, 2022 Spinning: Buffalo, Wyoming The spinning process is what turns the combed top into yarn. This is done on a large spinning frame where 112 separate spindles can be spun at once. This process is the most time consuming, as it takes about 2 hours to set up each side before it can spin the yarn. Once this process is complete, knitting can begin. Knitting E45 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill July 19th, 2022 Knitting: Buffalo, Wyoming The knitting process takes place on a very intricate machine. 1,000 needles bring the correct color of wool yarn into place and knits together the beautiful Wyoming Gold blanket. The whole knitting process takes about 2 hours. Following the completion of the blanket, the assigned leather patch made by Range Leather in Laramie, Wyoming is sewn on and the blanket is shipped back to Laramie and packaged just for you! Producer from all of us at Wyoming Wool Initiative thank you for all you do to support us! www.uwyo.edu/wyowool