We got the sheep sheared on Saturday. I have four bags of beautiful wool to be processed. Ma’s wool will go in the garbage, she’s still a big sheep, but no longer looks like a bear. I was surprised at how black the wool is closer to the sheep’s bodies. (except for Zelda, of course). It’s really beautiful and without their wool, the sheep look so different. (really very cute) Now I have a flock of Black Sheep, except for Zelda, the white one, but she becomes the ‘Black Sheep” metaphorically. It suits me.
I already ordered sheep suits from Rocky Sheep Company. These are jackets to put on the sheep to keep the wool from being bleached by the sun (that’s why the wool on top is brown and the wool closer to the skin is black) and to keep it clean from burdock, hay, etc. Everyone I spoke to recommended them. They were really friendly and helpful on the phone. I’ll change the suits 4 times throughout the year as the sheep’s wool grows.
I was concerned about getting the sheep shorn in the fall, but I was assured by the shearer that they would be fine as long as they had shelter. (which they do) Also, their wool grows back so quick, they’ll have a nice coat before it gets really cold.
I’ll be taking the wool to a mill in Brandon Vermont, Mapleview Alpacas. The pricing for having the wool processed is a bit confusing to me, they charge by the pound and of course I have no idea how many pounds of wool I have. But they can have it for my by April, which I’m finding is pretty quick compared to some other mills. I’ll skirt the wool (which means cleaning the it of burdock, hay, feces, etc) then drop it off. I’m planning on having some of it made into yarn and some of it made into roving. I also have to make a decision about what ply the yarn will be. I realize this part of it will take some time to figure out depending on what people want and how
So that’s were you come in. If you think you might want some yarn, just let me know. If you’re interested in roving, also let me know. Like I said, this is going to be a process, I’m figuring it out as I go. So come along if you’d like. I’ll keep you updated.