Skirting More Fleeces

So I found time to skirt 8 more fleeces today.  There’s Heidi’s fleece.

She has a pretty moorit Shetland fleece with some VM and weathering but is not tender or felted.  It weighs 2# 12 ounces.  Here are links to photos of the cut side of the fleece and the locks.  Her fleece is for sale for $10 per pound,

Then there’s Reuben’s fleece.

He has a crimpy soft Shetland fleece with very little VM.  It weighs 3# 2 oz.  Here’s the sheared side and locks.  His fleece is for sale for $10 per pound.

Then there’s Jocko’s fleece.

He is our mioget (golden brown) Shetland ram.  His fleece is quite pretty and crimpy with very little VM.  There are some second cuts.  His fleece weighs 3#.  Here’s his cut side and locks.  His fleece is for sale for $10 per pound.

Now here’s Rhett’s fleece.

His ram lamb Shetland fleece is unique.  It is soft, double-coated and spotted.  There is a small amount of VM and unfortunately a lot of second cuts by the shearer.  It weighs 1# 10 oz.  Here’s the sheared side and locks.  I will keep this fleece and try to carefully process it for my own use.

Here’s Jemima’s fleece.

Her Shetland lamb fleece is long, crimpy and soft.  Unfortunately it has a lot of VM and had rooed and felted so had to be heavily skirted.  It then weighs 12 ounces.  Here’s the sheared side and locks.  I will not sell this fleece and will try to carefully process it for my own use.

Here’s Suzette’s fleece.

Her Shetland fleece is dirty, weathered and has a lot of VM.  It weighs 2# 4 ounces.  Here are her cut side and locks.  I will not sell this fleece.  I may toss it or try to carefully process it.

Here’s Moll’s fleece.

Her Gotland fleece is soft, had almost no VM and some second cuts.  It was partly felted and this was skirted off.  It weighs 2# 12 ounces.  I will combine this with her fall fleece and send it to the mill to be spun.  Here’s another view of her fleece and her locks.

And finally Tanya’s fleece.

Her Gotland fleece is soft with very little VM  It weighs 3# skirted.  Here’s the other side and her locks.  I will combine this with her fall fleece and Moll’s fleece for the mill.

Now I am about half way done with skirting the fleeces!

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4 Responses to Skirting More Fleeces

  1. Michelle says:

    You are leaving me in the dust and I am feeling very behind! Was going to try and skirt one or two today, but it didn’t happen….

    • I thought I was slow. Before when I sheared myself 3-4 sheep per week it was a lot easier. You get overwhelmed when you see 30 or so fleeces needing attention. It would be nice to have them done within one month of shearing but with my unplanned early kidding season things are falling apart on me fast.

  2. The fleeces are beautiful. I wish I knew what to do or how to do something with them, I would buy one right now. The whole sheep thing is new to me, we just started messing with sheep when the girls got in 4H. They show suffolks and we only have them for about 6 months. They are skin clipped for the show but their wool is never long enough to do any thing with. A lady who makes crafts, uses it to make beards for “primitive” Santa’s that she sales in her shop.
    PS>Hop over to my farm and check out your “holler”.

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