Our Icelandic yarn comes from our very own herd of Icelandic sheep. We've been raising Icelandic sheep in Wisconsin since 2006, and have really had a wonderful time with these beautiful sheep.
Our yarn is only sold in the natural colors found in the herd, we don't dye any of it. So please don't expect the black yarn to be completely solid black. You will find scattered throughout the yarn grey strands of fiber. The only time the fleece would be solid black is when the animal was a lamb. By the end of that animal's first year, some greying does occur.
The grey yarn will have strands of black going through it. It's completely blended, but it's there.
The oatmeal yarn will have strands of brown running through it.
And the brown yarn will have strands of oatmeal color running through it.
Even in the white yarn, you will sometimes see a strand of color- generally a black hair is there. It didn't creep in during our skirting or cleaning debris from the fleece process. It's just there. Even a white sheep isn't completely and totally white!
Our yarn is minimally processed at Stonehedge Fiber Mill in Michigan. We sit down and skirt fleeces to remove debris from the fiber before we wash it. We wash each fleece at our home in Dawn detergent to remove the lanolin from the fiber, and when dry we send it off to Deb and Chuck for processing. Their equipment is set up to process the long 6 inch to 8 inch fleeces we send to them to have made into our beautiful yarn, and they don't use any chemicals to accomplish this. Our partnership with them has been for the five years we've been having yarn made, and we couldn't ask for better folks to work with!