I love what they do. Suzanne raises Karakul sheep at her farm Red Gate Farm, shops for other local breed fleece and is the washer of fleece and the dyer.....Gretchen raises Romney at Solitude and weaves and seems to be the master of their internet presence (though that is my own observation.....) Together they are Solitude Wool. While they each have their own farms, they have finally found a warehouse location between their locations to centralize all their woolly products. It's an amazing space.
Sue discussing "skirting". When you lay out a fleece and sort out the short cuts and unusable wool.
The Tunis (the type of sheep grazing at Mount Vernon during George Washington's life time) fleece on the skirting table.
Just LOOK at that crimp! This is what handspinners are looking for.
Sue and Gretchen sell mostly breed specific yarns and rovings. Each is well labeled with a picture of the sheep.....
This basket of Karakul was somewhat depleted after my visit.....
Solitude Wool's product is available on their website. But if you are lucky enough to live in the DC area they are regulars at the DC Farmers Market!