Anyway, I went to Abi's site "High Prairie Fibers", whose link isn't just a regular dot.com, hence the problem with the original linkage, I think. Yup, it was her with Ugly Batts. I wrote to Abi, since she had some listed but mentioned they had a combo of fibers in them including alpaca, which for me is a major no-no, and asked if she ever did any without alpaca. The sweetheart that she is, she made up a bunch of batts without alpaca and even asked if I had any color preferences, which of course, once again being the PITA I am, I do. She made up a special batt for me and had a bunch listed (they're sold out now, but write to her and I know she's making more)last week. She mentioned they were "neppy"-a word I never heard, but googled it and it basically means has little balls of fiber in the batt, which means basically carding (which I have hand carders, which came with the wheel, which I haven't used yet, but it all falls into my having all the toys first routine)it will make you lose a lot of fiber. However, thanks to Sylvie's Hackle post, I bought a hackle back in December. The cheaper version of Sylvie's (basic version with hand clamps instead of the screw clamps,but it'll do.) The hackle intrigued me also, I had some plain colored fiber I could blend with it; okay, I wanted the damn hackle and I bought it. Makes a wonderful weapon also, I might add, but in any event I starting thinking-ooh, hackle and Ugly Batt-a project (again, needing all the toys before starting anything), so off to buy the Ugly Batt. Besides, handspun isn't supposed to look perfect, want perfect looking yarn, go buy it at a store (as someone recently told me when I mentioned my fear of spinning because it wouldn't be "perfect"), so let it have some funky neppy texture. It's now becoming clear, Sylvie is an enabler and perhaps I should stop reading her blog.
The first pic shows the box it came in-however, I cannot get it back into the box for anything, so I assume it has just multiplied in size. The second is it all rolled up to show the color mix. The third pic is it rolled next to Elena's beloved 14" Ugly Doll (which seems appropriate that the Ugly doll would hang with the Ugly batt, no?) , Mr. Blick (which Michael (dh) brought home because when they first started out in 2002, I think they were in NJ and he was their financial planner for a related company and they gave him one to bring home to Elena and she's taken it on vacations with us, etc ever since)-so he's one of the original 14" pink Ugly dogs (yes, Elena thinks he's a cat and so did I). The last pic is it rolled out, the length of her twin size bed.
Of course, I also picked up a Mystery wood Nostepinne too-all for a good cause-Abi's other love Iowa Parrot Rescue, where 100% of the proceeds go to. The nostepinnes are made from the dowel perches of the cages they buy and then replace the perches with natural branches. She doesn't have them listed now either, but email her, bet she still has some. Yes, I have a swift and ball winder, but sometimes I don't want to set it all up and having a portable tool is nice to keep in the work bag. Okay, so I wanted one and just bought it, sheesh.
Abi also has some wonderful handpainted roving and some gorgeous painted locks, as well as sampler packs. She also processes fiber. Go, visit, shop, but sorry I already asked about the Damsel Fly and so just consider it sold (LOL).
She does update her shop frequently, you have to email her to order, she accepts Paypal and is terrific about getting back to you and really great with support questions. High Prairie Fibers is an indie supplier worth looking at.
Please note, I am not being paid for this review, affiliated with High Prairie Fibers, just sometimes you run into a supplier or a deal you want to share and this is one of those times.