Four of us from KWA are fresh back from a sheep shearing at Rock Ledge Ranch. Today was the day they were giving their small flock of Merino sheep their summer haircuts. Now if you’ve been keeping up, you’ll remember that I have recently developed an interest in spinning, and to spin, one must have…….fiber. Hence, the interest in the shearing. Ellen (the enabler), Phoebe, Linda and I arrived at the farm just as they were shearing the first of the sheep. While the rest of us were photographing the sheep, the spinners and weavers, our Ellen was asking what was to become of the fleeces. With the exception of two, the rest were available, although we would have to wait around to claim one.
So, after a lunch run, we set up in the shade with our knitting. Linda caved in and purchased a drop spindle from the little gift shop and Ellen and I got her spinning (sorry Bob). We knit, and talked, and spun, and periodically checked on the sheep. Around mid-afternoon, we were the proud owners of 2 fleeces—-25 lbs worth—for a small donation to the ranch.
Ellen and Linda collect our fleece
Yes sir, yes sir, a BIG bag full!!!
Each of us took a little bit home to play with, but Ellen took the bag home. Next weekend, we will join the fun at her place as she has the llama’s sheared, and we will skirt the merino and decide on the next step—more than likely finding someone to process the wool into roving.
A very successful day!