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Sheep Shearing at a Nearby Farm

By: Missy B
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One of about 60 sheep being sheared that day.

Last Saturday I went to nearby Border Springs Farm for their annual sheep shearing day. They invite anyone to come watch and hope spinners/crafters will snatch up some fleeces to take home for their fiber projects. And that’s exactly what I did! I picked out two nice fleeces that I will eventually wash, card and spin into yarn.

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Trying to get a picture of the little lambs.

I was looking for a fleece that wasn’t too terribly dirty looking, a good length (3-4 inches) and had a nice crimp to it. I am not a wool expert (yet) but Texel wool is a good medium wool that easily felts and is most used for outer garments such as hats, mittens and handbags. Texel sheep are a dual purpose breed for wool and meat.

 

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The sheep being herded into a holding pen prior to shearing. The lambs are just with their mamas, not to be sheared.

One of the sheep whose fleece I will spin into yarn.

The dogs sniffing pieces of wool as I skirt the fleece.

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Check out that crimp!

Category: Animals, Arts & Crafts, The Transplants

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  1. Tommy says:

    Ahh, you should have called us. This is one of the experiences I still have yet to experience!

  2. Missy says:

    Someone told me of another one next month. I will be sure to let you know when I hear details. :)

  3. mark says:

    nice sheep pictures.

  4. Everett says:

    Mark,

    This is the first time you’ve commented on our blog in the 13-or-so months we’ve known you. I can’t think of a much better introduction than that… “Nice sheep pictures.”

    By the way, congrats on scoring your whole lamb. Let us know if you want to trade some beef for lamb: http://waldeneffect.org/blog/Buying_a_whole_lamb/ . Of course, the logistics of us getting together again and making the trade without anything thawing out could get interesting. I’m sure we could work something out.

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