Wow, where to start? I took pictures of the coopworth fleece in processing intending to share them... a month ago (its now gone to Morro). I took pictures of new stuff from Knit-Pics intending to share them.... two weeks ago. I took pictures of my sheep after we separated them into breeding groups... 10 days ago... I am wayyyy behind! Now I have pictures of a Shetland fleece I bought in Oregon last weekend and a short narrative to go with it!
I guess I will start with last weekend...
Mim called me last Wednesday to ask if I would like to take a road trip with her up into eastern Oregon to pick up a ram. I was sick but I told her I wanted to and would as long as I was feeling better by then. I was feeling better so I did; we met in Winnemucca (about 45 mins from my house, 3.5 hrs from Mim's) and drove north. She tells of our stay at her blog along with pictures. The home we went to and stayed at was the home of Lois and Brook, two very friendly and accommodating people, with lots of Shetland sheep, three barns, a home that was built in the 1920's (currently being renovated) and a really big work/wool shop with a loft which is where Mim and I bunked. This was above the wool room; Mim and I both felt that if the loft didn't work out we could sleep in the wool room, which of course was full, wall to wall, with Shetland fleeces. It was all very organized; there were bags of raw wool to be skirted, there were boxes of already skirted wool with sheep names on them, and there was already processed wool. The place smelled Heavenly! (Lois has a blog here, she hasn't had a lot of time to post lately, but you should go see her sheep from previous posts.)
While we were out walking among the sheep on Sunday morning, I spotted this ram (turned out to be a wether) with what I thought must be a very nice fleece. He wasn't feeling friendly that morning so I didn't get a close up look at him, but the look of his fleece kept coming back into my mind as the day wore on. After lunch we were going to go look at some of the fleeces of the relatives to the ram Mim was taking home and then go look at the ewes. So I asked if I could see Polaris' fleece and OMGosh! It was love at first sight.
I am not normally drawn to Shetland fleeces (sorry Mim and Lois... Michelle, Kathy, ...there is one more, but can't think right now who you are... my oh my! I do know a lot of Shetland people!) they just aren't my favorite, but this! It is very soft and crimpy, and lustrous, with no super soft down that brushes away or pills up. I thought about processing it myself but it is very greasy so I sent it to Shari also.
Now my fingers are getting tired and I have to go add some new skeins of yarn to my Etsy Shop so I will leave you with pictures...
George... he lost this coat today, hoping I can rig it up so it will stay on...
My new bag from Knit-Pics! I love it! And tad ah! I bought my very own circular knitting needles! :)