Depending on where you live you might be able to hook up with a farmer. I get local wool from a farm here in NS for $6 unwashed or $8 washed, per pound. It comes still curly with the ocasional piece of straw, but it feels really homey. And even more local to me, we know a man who raises lambs for meat, and just gives away the fleece! I tried to get some this year, but it was all gone before I got in touch with him. We're in a rural farm area, but try asking around at famers markets maybe. I did use it to make a 12" waldorf doll, but the PP poster is right that clean carded batts are better. For small dolls I find this stuf really great.