Black, white and grey sheep...
have you any wool?
Yes Ma'am, yes Ma'am...
three rugs full!!
Yes, these gals have grown super-thick fleece again this winter.
I can hardly wait to shear them this spring and harvest that wool.
Right now their wool is about 2 inches thick...
with about a half inch of grime on the outside.
Winter is hard on these fleeces.
I will try to clean them up a bit before shearing season (April).
Believe it or not, Faith is not a brown sheep, but rather is a black one.
It's just that the outer layer of her fleece gets sun-bleached.
After shearing she will be inky black once again.
|Faith, shearing, 2016|
This past spring I had their wool milled and spun together into a super thick
product know as core-spun.
Their wool was actually spun around a skein of pink wool yarn...
the pink being the "core" of the core-spun.
Babydoll sheep's wool is not soft enough for garments,
but makes a rather luxurious rug.
I crocheted this rug yesterday.
(I don't crochet....not really... I just tried my hand at something basic.)
This rug is 32 inches across and at least 1 inch thick.
It feels luscious underneath your toes!
Yesterday was the perfect day for indoor play...
it was positively soggy outside...
with rain helping to melt last week's snow.
As you can see...
some don't know enough to stay in their shelter
(and they have several to choose from!)
So, with a fire burning and a hot mug of tea,
and Celtic music playing softly in the background...
I knitted and crocheted....
while everyone else slept.
Why is it that I am sitting on the floor,
while everyone else occupies the furniture?
I finished the grey and maroon sheepy cowl...
and started another in a different green and blue.
This one will have white angora sheep knitted into it.