So, I introduced you to Fred yesterday; when we picked him up, he hadn't been shorn yet for the year, so we decided to shear him. Luckily we had taken a sheep shearing clinic in April, and Nate was OK with giving it a go. I know a lot of people with sheep. They all have a hard time scheduling the shearer and getting it done, apparently it is hard to find a good shearer these days. So we've decided even with a learning curve, we'd like to do our own.
Good thing that Fred is pretty mellow for a big ram. Weighing in at about 300+ lbs, he could have easily protested. But, I'm guessing he wanted that wool off too!
Ahhhh. Summer haircut. Fred much happier now. Baaaaaaaa!
Of course, now I had a fleece to play with too! I skirted it, and washed it that afternoon, then let it dry in the sun.
CVM = California Variegated Mutant; point in case: Variegation! The locks, combed out in order of lightest creamy color to dark gray, all from the same fleece. I love what this means in terms of spinning variability.
Of course I had to spin a sample skein! I spun the combed locks randomly, grabbed a handful at a time trusting I'd get a nice heathered yarn this way.
Fred fleece spun very nicely. Soft, next to skin soft, easy to spin, and I can definitely see spinning this up in a range of weights, from worsted to laceweight.
Since I'm on a lace kick, I went with the laceweight.
Specs: 2-ply laceweight Fred CVM yarn.
130 yds, 1 oz.
(and, I have a lb. mordanting in the dyepot to play with tonight when I get home...)