The weekend before Easter weekend we had the sheep shorn, 41 ewes done and 4 rams to go (in mid-May.) This past weekend, my friend Shannon at Kenleigh Acres visited us on her way through to deliver some sheep for delivery back East (no, she wasn’t going all the way back east, though with her drive it probably felt like it!) and she helped me go through my fleeces. We made three piles; raw/show fleeces, process fleeces, and compost fleeces. The nice thing was that I had more raw/show fleeces than the other piles and the compost pile was definitely the smallest. That was a good feeling – all in all, some nice fleeces to be had!
Yesterday I was lamenting that I had to get all my fleeces skirted and cleaned so that I could list them for sale or send them off for processing – BUT I didn’t have a skirting table! Since we had an Easter lunch, instead of dinner, we had the whole afternoon to ourselves and Hubby decided to head up to the barn with skirting table plans in his hand (thanks to bide a wee farm!). He knocked it out quickly, and it’s portable, all I have to do is fold it up and take it where I’d like it to go which will be handy for the piles of wool at the house still from last year and the piles of wool in the barn from this year!
So here’s Paisley’s fleece being cleaned – second cuts, and dirty wool being pulled off. The second cuts were allowed to fall through the chicken wire and pile up on the floor leaving a beautiful fleece behind. One down, 40 more to go (give or take a few.) Here’s to hoping I can get it all done within a reasonable amount of time – and boxed and sent to a fiber mill!