We’re going through some rainy times and not really enough hours of dryness to leave wool outside to dry. So I am going to start the process of washing up the spring wool and drying it all indoors, which I was hoping wouldn’t be my only option starting this early, but them’s the breaks of living in the Maritime Northwest.
Hopefully by next week I can start the combing out and see what I get. I might get some usable roving, which would be some beginner’s luck, but it’s possible since what I’m starting with is actually in great shape for spring wool.
We don’t have a hay problem, we have a “never let your rams roam if you want to spare yourself a lot of VM picking” problem. Which we solved with the power of cattle panels. Ugly but so great at containing rambly rams.
I was hoping to try out advertising raw fleeces, but the shearer sheared in strips and that’s not what people looking for raw fleeces specifically expect. It’s not a big deal, but it’s something to keep in mind as we have more fleece and more animals. Spring fleeces are chancy to sell as it is. The ones we have look ok, but they do have the wool break’s new growth in them, so that will have to be separated out. If the fleeces are all they appear to be, this will happen after a little soaking in plain water. Otherwise I have a lot of felting fleece to experiment with.