I started the process of skirting and evaluating the fleeces yesterday. I have three done.
This first one was Vanessa’s brown fleece:
Vanessa’s moorit Shetland fleece: Soft, pretty color, nice crimp, moderate VM, lightly skirted, 2# 12 oz, $33
Vanessa’s fleece closeup
Vanessa’s fleece cut surface
Here are photos of Jewel’s grey fleece:
Jewel’s grey katmoget Shetland fleece: Soft, pretty color, nice crimp, little VM, some second cuts, jumbled neck, weathered back, 3# $36
Jewel’s fleece locks
Jewel’s fleece close up
Jewel’s fleece cut surface
And lastly, I did Mr. D’s cream and black Nigora fleece:
Mr D’s black and white Nigora fleece: Soft, pretty colors, little VM, heavily skirted due to partial felting and coarse areas, lots of hairs, 1# 5 oz, $16
Mr D’s fleece locks
Mr D’s fleece cut surface
Last year’s fleece was completely felted. I made a felted rug with it except the hairs did not felt so are constantly coming out of it. But our barn-now-porch cat Izzy loves it. I am glad this year’s fleece is not completely felted and is usable for spinning if someone wanted to pull the hairs out.
Izzy and Mr D’s felted rug
Three fleeces down and 21 more to go.
shorn sheep flock