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Send us your fiber and we'll turn it into yarn, roving, batts or felt sheets.  ​​

Satisfied customers tell our story best:

You always do a great job!
LaJean Rieff
Mineral Mountain Alpacas
Customer since 2003

I have heard a lot of complaints from people up here (Idaho)

about their processing mills...I told her A Simpler Time does an
awesome job! My Friend will be sending her alpaca fiber 

to you for processing.

Debra Krup, Idaho

We love our yarn, felt and batting that you processed
nd wanted you to know we appreciate you and your work.
Pam and Al Schlosser, Ranch Noelle

Full Service Fiber Mill with GREAT prices and superb customer service. 
No extra charge for providing you with the best yield and cleanest possible fiber.

Save a Spot Program
Got a deadline? Need to know when your yarn will be completed?
Reserve a space.  All it takes is 3 easy steps.
  1. Call 619 579-9114 and tell us how much fiber you want processed and what month.
  2. Multiply the weight times $34 and send in a check for 10% of that amount.
  3. Send in the fiber the month BEFORE yours is scheduled to be processed.
We will apply the 10% check to the final price so holding your spot is FREE.
To get in line for mill processing, ship your fiber to:
A Simpler Time Mill
1802 Alta Pl.
El Cajon, CA. 92021
Please follow shipping instructions below:
Shipping Your fiber:
Please send in your fiber in CLEAR plastic bags. NO black bags. Bugs love to hide in dark dirty fiber
A $10 handling fee will be added to your bill for fiber sent in black bags.
Please  mark your ranch name or personal name on the bag and what you would like the fiber to be processed as: roving, or 2 ply sport skeins...etc.

To save a lot in shipping expense, place a nylon foot sock over the end of a vacuum hose and suck all the air out of the bag and twist the bag close and place in shipping box. This will save you a lot in shipping expense because you will be paying weight for the box not volume. Removing the air will not hurt the fiber.
A Simpler Time Mill Price Sheet

A Simpler Time Mill is a Mini Mill that processes alpaca fiber, wool, cashmere, mohair, llama & other natural fibers.

All prices for alpaca fiber include washing and are based on finished weight only. We never charge for the dirt and the hay the animals love to roll in.
Alpaca fiber is never charged at incoming weight.

All Batt, Roving, Felt Sheets, Slivers and Yarn INCLUDE going through the fiber separator which is where vegetation is removed from the fiber with NO per pass or additional per lb. charge. Your yarn comes back more affordable, cleaner and with less scratchy guard hair.
In addition, it helps to reduce pilling in your final product.

Each price listed below is the cost you pay at that stage with all previous process steps completed at NO additional expense.

Begining steps for processing
Step 1
Step 2
Step 3
Step 4
Step 5
Washing  Picking Fiber Separator Batt or Roving Felt Sheet  or Sliver
$7.50 Per Lb. $9.50 $18 $22 $28
Skeins are approx. 3 oz. ea. and are charged by type of yarn:

Select which step 6 based on your desired yarn weight:  chunky, medium, etc....
Step 6
Step 6
Step 6
Step 6
Step 6
2 ply Chunky Yarn 2 ply Medium Yarn 2 ply Sport yarn 2 ply Fingering yarn 2ply Lace yarn
$38 $35 $34 $39* $45*
$2.50 ea. skein $2.50 ea. skein $2.50 ea. skein $3.25 ea. skein $4.00 ea. skein

PRICES ARE NOT ACCUMLATIVE! For example: A Felt sheet is only $28 per pound (all previous steps are included at the $28 dollar price with no additional charge)
Lot fee is a $24 charge for any size lot. Lots under one lb. will be charged at the one pound charge.
*Fleece longer than 6" staple length requires an additional resizing charge of $4.00/Lb
Additional Information

Additional Information

2 ply yarn is standard. It is $2.00 per lb for each additional ply requested.
There is a $2.50/lb charge for adding any additional fiber asked to be blended
All fiber with lanolin will be charged based on incoming weight. There is an additional fee of $7.50 per pound per additional washing
There is a 15% special handling fee for all fiber that do not have lanolin excluding alpaca and llama
There is a $35 per lb for dehairing cashmere and will be based on incoming weight in addition, washing weight will be based on incoming weight due to the loss in weight dehairing creates
There is a $17.50 price per pound for dehairing all other fibers and washing weight will be based on incoming weight due to the loss in weight dehairing creates
Photos of some of the equipment it takes to make yarn at A Simpler Time Mill
picker cleaning fiber carter
Picker opens fiber up Fiber seperator removes vegetation and guard hair Carder makes roving or batts
roving carter drum batt
A closer look at roving for hand spinners Drum on the Carder makes batts Batts are great for hand felting
sliver spinner plyer
Drawframe makes roving into slivers for more consistent hand spinning Spinner makes single ply yarn Plyer makes yarn into 2 ply yarn
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