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Shetland Fiber

updated 2/21/2021


Fleece For Sale:  

Shearing for 2021 is in process.  I say "in process" as Tom and I do it ourselves and our backs can only handle 4-6 at a time.  We have developed a 2 person shearing technique, I handle the shears and attempt to look like a professional, and Tom backs me up, assisting with holding the sheep in the various positions.   The goal is to keep the animal comfortable and be careful not to nick the skin as well as to optimally get the fleece off for discerning fiber artists like myself.  I then personally skirt the fleece to my specifications.  Although it is all quite physical, I do enjoy the process; seeing and feeling first hand each fleece from my flock.    

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, 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 wire squares on the skirting table is 2 inches.  As for fineness, most of our fleeces are in the 23-31 micron area (micron tests were done early in our sheep career but now I go my my hand), soft for outer wear like a sweater/vest but maybe not quite fine enough for next to the skin (some parts of some fleeces may work for this depending on your skin sensitivity).   A sheep wouldn't stay long on our farm if I didn't enjoy their fleece.

This year I included a snapshot of the sheep shortly before their shearing so you can see the fleece and how is wears.  They are pictures from this year.

SE2SE-I do have passport stickers for the Shetland fiber I sell, just let me know if you want me to include it.

Anyway I try to be honest about it so you know what to expect.  Let me know if you have any questions or need more pictures.  Price does not include shipping, you can give me a zip and I'll quote you shipping costs.  Generally it's about $22 (US) unless it is a smaller fleece and I can get it into a medium size USPS box, then it's a bit less.   We accept Paypal, I can email you an invoice.

Raw Fleeces 2021:


Quin

This Quin fleece has loads of color, hopefully the above picture shows that.  It has dark brown to light gray.  Medium/fine softness.  Locks are 4-5 inches.  She is clean, VM 1. Wt. is 4.4# , price $83.00 plus postage


Jackie


Dark gray or charcoal in color, fine handle with locks 5-6" in length.  VM of 1.  Wt 4.4#, price $91 plus shipping. 

Summer-SOLD


Summer's fleece is "drool worthy".  Light gray to medium gray with some "banding" of color (she changes color depending on the season).  It is soft with organized crimp, locks 4-6 " and there is plenty to work with.  VM of 0.  Wt 5.6 #. Price 127 plus shipping.


Bloom



Bloom's fleece is a nice dark black/silver color, locks more on the tippy side, handle soft with the disorganized type crimp.  Length is about 3-4" with VM 0.  Wt 3.2#.  Price $60 plus shipping.

Tranquility


This perky young gal has a big fleece with lots of length. Locks are 6-8 inches with a fine/soft handle.  Color is light brown/mocha.  It is fairly clean, VM 1 on my scale.  Wt is 6.3#, price $102 plus shipping.

 

Sushi-SOLD


           Sushi is mostly a Gotland with some Fin and Shetland in her breeding.  Her fleece has a lovely bright white glow soft handle with defined, wavy crimp.  Locks are about 4".  Clean 0/3.  Wt 5#, price $100 plus shipping.


Athena


          This sheep is a very sweet gal with a lovely light colored fleece, more toward white.  It has a soft Shetland handle, and of medium fineness.  It is clean 0-1, lock length 4", wt 3.4#, price $61 plus shipping.

Biscotti  


Biscotti's fleece has a VM of 0-1, a soft handle and lots of color, from medium to dark gray.  Wt is 3.3#, price of $55 plus shipping.


Cleo-SOLD


Cleo is one of my favorites, both the sheep and the fleece.  Light and fluffy with a wonderful sand coloring to it. VM 0, wt 2.7#, price $54 plus shipping.






I still have a few more fleeces to post and a few more to get off sheep.  Waiting on shearing for a bit more sunny weather.

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.  

Thank you,
Tracy Livernois,
McTavish Farm Shetlands



                                                                    





















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