We’ve been in Vermont, working on a Wool Grading and Classing Certification for the last few days.
We finished up the class tonight. It’s official! I’m a certified to class and grade fleeces now!
This is all very exciting.
We got to visit Green Mountain Spinnery while we were here. Our amazing friend Lisa took us on a tour of the whole operation. Wildly impressive, and super awesome mill.
One of the most disturbing things I learned is that the US sends over 60% of our wool to China for processing, and then China sells it all back to us in garments and textiles.
Remember when we had lots of commodity wool processing mills here in the US? They’re almost all gone now.
Why are we giving our industries away? Doesn’t it just make so much more sense to have mills running here? People would have jobs. We’d be using our own fibers to produce our own products. Yes, we have to pay our workers a living wage, but that’s money that would be well spent, and circulating back through our own economy.
THIS is exactly why it’s so tremendously important to buy fibers and yarns from local and independent processors and spinners. A few dollars more up front ends up back in your pocket in the long run. Seriously, folks. It’s worth it. We’re worth it.
Hmmm….that’s interesting. Never thought about it that way. Thoughts?