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Sheep Shearing Completed, Fiber Ready for Spinning Into Yarn

Skirting a fleece 

The day a shepherd waits for is shearing time each year. Well, ours has come and gone and what a great day it was. We had the shearer's here in the morning, along with some friends to help with the job and the festivities began.

Pam watching shearing 

 Pam over seeing sheep shearing 

Sheep 2 by 2 were shorn, yearly injections, worming and hooves trimmed done on each one, getting them ready for the summer months. It was a kind of spa day for the sheep.

 two by two being sheared 

sheep being sheared 

We all settled in for a huge brunch when shearing was completed, then the skirting (cleaning) of the fleeces was started. We clean the really dirty parts from the sheep, which on ours is only the belly and neck wool because we keep them covered with coats all year to protect the fleeces. Hand spinners and knitters like that. There is no hay to pick out as the spinning begins.

Pam Skirting fleece 

Showing off a natural sheep fleece 

So, each fleece is skirted and bagged, ready for the mill to do the real processing which is washing, picking and putting it into roving, ready to spin into yarn. Bagging up a cleaned fleece 

Now my fun begins! Spin, spin, spin my own sheep's wool. It's wonderful to have your own animal's fiber flowing through your hands and fingers while spinning it into wool. So all is well this week on Dream Come True Farm and life is good.

Next it will be time for some goats milk soap making to put out into our farm shop, so check back with Dream Come True Farm, here on GRIT. ~Pam

pam blasko
5/5/2011 9:49:10 AM

Hi Dave, I'm so glad you enjoyed my description of our shearing day. We recently had to scale our farm animals down because of my bad back. It's now a smaller hobby farm, only 6 sheep, two llamas, two goats for milk, a miniature horse and a pony for my grandson. This proves to be enough for now. I love the sheep, calming peaceful animals and I love the spinning of the wool..... I think I'll always have sheep. Thanks for writing. Be well. Pam

dave larson
5/4/2011 11:28:57 AM

Hi Pam, Your great pics and description of a wonderful process carries me back to our place in Minnesota. We helped two of our sheep raising neighbors with shearing. Each flock was a bit over 60 sheep and a few goats. Both flocks were for weavers and knitters rather than meat sheep. My job was catching, trimming hooves, and getting the sheep to the shearing crew. Barbara worked at the skirting table. While we still spin and knit, I miss shearing. The smells, the feel of lanolin on my hands, and the joking among the neighbors during the whole activity. And, of course, the huge meal we all shared at the end of the day. Thank you for bringing back some wonderful memories.