At Fiber Fusion in Monroe, WA I purchased three fleeces. One of them was a second place fleece of a Lincoln ewe from Sand Hill Farms.
I wanted to work with Lincoln wool because that was the sheep that made me fall in love with being a shepherd. The ewe I met was at the Cattleman’s Expo in Stanwood, and she was so relaxed and strangely smart when I walked her around the pen. I also have wanted to spin a long haired breed and these locks are about 5-6″ which is way more than I am used to!
Having learned from my first experience I rolled out the fleece onto my kitchen table and skirted it. I’ve read somewhere to remove about 2″ all the way around the fleece but when I open this fleece it seemed very clean.
I just found the one area that I do not want to spin at all!
After skirting I thought I would measure 8 oz sections. That way I can wash it appropriately, 1 lb wool: 20 gallons water, and I can also do it in stages. Instead of everything at once
Isis, our Manx cat, decided to assist in measuring.
Now it is all measured and awaiting being washed, combed, spun, and used in a project.