I have fleeces!!!
I’m going to introduce them one at a time as I get to work on them this month. I finished scouring the last bit today so the rest of the month is dedicated to fiber prep for these new fleeces plus one or two older ones. TdF is coming up fast and I’ll need a lot of fiber prepped and ready to spin.
First up is a Corriedale/Shetland cross lamb. Just shy of 2 lbs before scouring. These pics are of the fleece and locks before scouring.
Here is an assortment of scoured locks. Staple length is 5-6 inches. There are a few locks with black/dark grey but most of the fleece is white to cream.
Combing in progress. This fleece is so easy to prep. I pull open the butt ends with my fingers. Just sort of fluffing it a bit and getting any second cuts I may have missed. Then I flick/brush the tips. Next is loading the hackle and combing. Look how fluffy it gets. This is the longest fleece I’ve ever dealt with. I really have to exaggerate my movements to get the comb free of the fibers before the next pass. Last shot is pulling the fiber off of the hackle into roving. I don’t bother with a diz. I just draft the fiber until it’s even as I wind it onto my hand.
This fleece is a dream to prep. Almost no VM. The tips flick out with 2 or 3 swipes of the brush and it pulls off of the hackle easily. I can work on this for hours at a time without aches and pains.
These are all the nests I made today. Aren’t they pretty? I can’t wait to see how this spins up.
I highly recommend Bleating Heart Haven in New Holstein, WI. I’m not sure if Cindy sells online but she got a lovely little shop on her farm and it’s well worth the trip if you can do it.
She flat out gave me some roving. She also has goats (mohair) and when I mentioned I’d never spun that she pulled down some mohair/coopsworth roving. Then later after she showed me the fleeces and I’d turned down some very short shetland lamb she pulled out a bump of roving made from a similar fleece and gave that to me. Plus she gave me an amazing deal on the 2 fleeces I bought from her.
I asked to see the sheep and she let me (insisted, actually) feed her bottle lamb. Adorable but noisy little thing and not all that hungry (it was early for supper time).