Sunday, August 31, 2008

recipe for a sweater ~ part 2

step two: shear the sheep

roxie is looking a little nervous...she knows something is up.

once we catch roxie, the shearer buts her on her rump and she is completely resigned. but, oh the humiliation of it all!

and if she were honest with herself, she would admit that she is very thankful to lose that woolly coat for the summer.

our shearer does such a nice a job of taking the fleece in one complete piece with no second cuts. this makes my job of sorting out the best wool easier because i can determine which area of the sheep the wool comes from. the best wool comes from the shoulders and sides. underneath can become quite soiled and damaged.

stay tuned for part 3...

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