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Handspun Yarns, Sheep, Llama and All Fiber Arts

Pam B headshotIt’s April here on the farm, which means it’s time to shear all the fiber animals.


sheep before shearing 

Here is Willow with a huge wool coat on ready and waiting for shearing day. 

We have a sheep Shearer that comes once a year to shear our animals. Shearing day will start at 9 a.m. sharp. Each animal will be brought to the shearing area and shorn within minutes. This should take about two hours to complete.

sheep and goat 

Here are two of our sheep and a goat peeking out of the barn to see what is going on 

llamas 

Our two llamas, Dahli and Angel enjoying a sunny spring day 

The next step will be the skirting of the fleeces, which means to sort through taking away and leg and belly wool, which is not desirable to spin. Then each fleece will be rolled up and placed in its own bag tagged with the animal’s name. When all have been skirted and bagged we’ll box them getting them ready to send to the mill. At the mill they will wash the fleeces and put them into roving form, which will ready them for spinning into yarn. Then the fun begins for me, spinning, dyeing, knitting and felting! The sheep will be happy to have their wool coats removed and all will be well here on the farm.

spinning wheel blog one 

Here is some handspun yarn on the wheel waiting to be taken off. 

spinning wheel blog 2 

Here is a picture of one of my many spinning wheels. 

drop spindle 

On occasion I like to relax with a drop spindle to spin the yarn instead of sitting at the wheel. 

shop 

Here is a view of the inside of our farm shop filled with all the products made here on the farm. 

pam blasko
5/5/2011 9:57:16 AM

Hi, we are now down sized to a small hobby farm, because of my bad back. We only have 6 sheep now, two llamas for the wool, 2 goats for milk, a pony and a miniature horse for my grandson. This is just enough wool for me to spin in a years time. We have a farm shop here that I teach spinning and knitting in and offer all my yarn. I love being a shepherd and will always have a few around. I'm glad our blog entry brought you back to the days you were around sheep. Thanks for the note. Be well. Pam


nebraska dave
4/26/2011 7:30:01 PM

Pam, wow, that looks to me like a lot of work. I dare say that I wouldn't have the patience for that kind of work. All your home made things look wonderful. How many sheep do you have? Dad never kept sheep until I left the farm and went off to college. He kept a few around just to keep the weeds down. Strange animal a sheep is. They will gobble up every weed in sight before eating pasture grass. They even eat those prickly Canadian thistle weeds that I detest so much. Have a great wool processing day.