Fleece For Sale:Shearing for 2020 is in process. I say "in process" as Tom and I are doing it ourselves and the back can only handle 4-6 at a time. Although it is quite physical, I do enjoy it. The challenge of getting the sheep comfortable, of peeling it off without hurting the ewe, and getting a good cut on the wool fiber, one at the end of it rather than in the middle. I guess you could call me a control freak but when one works hard all year to keep the fiber in good shape, the process of getting it off is very important. What one worked so hard on all year can be ruined with one bad shear.
Below I give a brief description and try to rank degree of vegi matter (VM) on a scale of 0-3, 0 meaning very, very little, 3 means not to put it on my sale list. VM at our farm usually consists of bits of seedless orchard grass hay. Also of note is that these gals were not bred this year, meaning they don't have the stress of lambing or lambs jumping on their wool. This makes for a better fleece, although we miss the bouncing babes.
You can tell the length of the lock by the picture; each of those squares is 2 inches.
Anyway I try to be honest about it so you know what to expect. Let me know if you have any questions. Price does not include shipping, you can give me a zip and I'll quote you shipping costs. Generally it's about $22 unless it is a smaller fleece and I can get it into a medium size USPS box, then it's a bit less.
Nori is a Gotland cross sheep (mostly Gotland with some Finn and Shetland) with a lovely long staple fleece with luster and wavy crimp. It is silky to handle and a medium fiber diameter. Spins up nice, drapey yarn and works great for felt projects. Beautiful grey within. Locks about 6"!
This was a big fleece so I split it down the back, 1/2 fleece left. VM 1
3.5#, $60 plus shipping.
This gal is another of our Gotland cross sheep (she is Gotland, Finn and Shetland). Her fleece is similar to Nori's (above) and I describe as silky silver. Locks are 4-5", VM 0.
only 1/2 left, 3# $54 plus shipping.
This is the last of 2020 Shetland fleeces and I need to get a picture up. It is quite soft and fine, shortish staple of 2-3# and a dark brown with bit of grey. She was nice and clean this year like the rest of them so VM is 0. 2.3# for $45 plus shipping.
Shetland Combed Top:
|sample of above spun up|
Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the above products. I try to be complete in my description but may miss something important to you. To get a quote on the shipping let me know your zip code and I'll get back to you.
McTavish Farm Shetlands