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THE SHEEP

All of my products are made from the wool of purebred Cormo sheep -- my own flock in Colorado and a flock owned by a family in northern Montana.
The Cormo was developed by a geneticist and a rancher in Australia. The foundation stock for the breed were Corriedale rams and superfine Merino ewes.
There are two breed associations in the US. Purebred Cormos with black, gray, or Moorit (brown) wool are not eligible for registration.

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THE WOOL

Cormo wool is fine, longer-stapled than most fine wools, very elastic, and exceptionally soft. It also is among the warmest of wools.
The picture on the left below shows the insulating properties of Cormo wool. The snow on the sheep has not melted; the body heat is close to the sheep.
The picture on the right shows a guy warm and comfortable in his Cormo woolens. You can't see that he's warm and comfortable, but he is.

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THE PROCESSES

To transform wool from fleeces on sheep to clothing for people, a number of processes are required.

First, the sheep are shorn, and their fleeces are thoroughly skirted (sorted, with only the best fibers retained). The skirted wool is packed into bags.

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The raw wool is sent to a scouring mill; there it is washed in hot water and a mild detergent, then dried and baled.

Some of the washed wool is sent to a woolen spinning mill, where it's carded and spun into soft, lofty yarns.
The rest goes to a worsted spinning mill or a series of mills; it is carded, combed, and spun into yarns that have more density and strength.

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Most of the yarns are skeined and washed and offered for sale to knitters, crocheters, weavers, and dyers.
Some yarns are knitted into articles of clothing, and into fabrics that are made into clothing and other products.

During the processes of growing, washing, spinning, knitting, and re-washing, the wool is left as pure and natural as possible.

THE PEOPLE

From the management of land and livestock,
through the phases of harvesting the wool and processing it into finished products,
to the marketing and selling of the products --
a number of people contribute hard work, expertise, and a conscientious attitude.
For all of these people, I am very grateful.

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Customers:
You, of course, are vital to Elsawool's success.
In addition, you happen to be some of the nicest people in the world!
I thank you for your purchases, your kind and encouraging words, and for all of the ways you've helped Elsawool to thrive and be a great place to work.

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Stephanie Hatfield with sweater she made from Elsawool yarns.