Thanks to the rain on Saturday morning I was able to get a hold of Frank and Felix and start to help them out of their messy, felted winter coats.
Frank was a tough job. Most of his neck and upper back was felted all the way down to the skin. I think that he feels a lot better now that he’s free of it, even though he wasn’t too pleased about me fussing over him for so long. I found it interesting though that his chest and sides were starting to shed on their own- I don’t remember him doing that before. At least it made that part of the job go much more smoothly.
Felix’s neck was pretty felted too, but was easier to get away from his skin, so it went a little faster.
Most of the fleece from both boys was not really worth saving, but I was able to salvage some nice chest wool (after trimming away about and inch and a half of felted tips off it all). It was all damp from the rain, so I washed it right away, and was pleasantly surprised at how white it came out (really should have taken a “before” photo)
Both of them have such beautiful wool. It’s a shame that so much of it ends up unusable. I think I’m going to try the fall shearing again this year and see if that helps.
In other wool news, I finally spun up a skein of my saved up Sadie undercoat blended with Edgar’s 2017 fleece.
Now I just have to find the right way to use it.
And I also wanted to share a photo of a little post-sweater project I worked up out of my first skein of Bambam Too 2017 (Schoonover Farm)
Between the rich brown color, soft hand & squooshy crimp I enjoyed every minute of this little cowl!
Wow- Bammy never looked so good!!!
thanks Donna- his fleece is really fun to work with. I might try spinning some up a little thicker for a really squishy yarn
Gorgeous cowl! I would never be able to leave a sheep half-sheared. I had to leave the last bit of Bittersweet’s neck undone today to make it to a school event of Brian’s and that was aggravating enough!
thanks Michelle- I guess we’re pretty casual about shearing here. 😉