Thursday, March 10, 2022

Fleeces from our Soft Shetland Sheep


Fleece Selection

Our raw fleeces are carefully selected to offer handspinners a delightful experience when processing soft shetland wool.  I only offer raw fleeces that are clean, low micron and will yield very high amounts of usable fiber after washing and processing.  

Sheep Coats to keep the fleece clean

We coat our sheep to ensure a very clean fleece.  You can read about our coats in this blog post


Blog post about sheep coats

or watch me interview the owner of the company that makes our coats in this video .


Micron Test Every Fleece

We micron test samples from every sheep in our flock and I will provide the micron data in the listing and will include it with a data sheet with every fleece that I offer for sale.  Click link to see an example of the data sheet.

Here is a video Rich and I made talking about how to interpret your micron data:

Shearing our Sheep

We use a professional shearer who specializes in shearing for handspinners, so he is very careful to minimize second cuts, and also shears in a way that ensures the entire fleece is intact, rather than taking it off in sections.

Rooing our Sheep

I roo as many sheep as I can which is the way the shetlanders have harvested their wool for hundreds of years.  Here is a playlist of videos featuring me rooing some of my ewes.  I will indicate in the listing if the fleece is roo'd or sheared with clippers.  Roo'd fleeces come in two pieces, as I roo each side separately.


And finally, here are some customer reviews from our 2021 fleeces:


Review for Fanny's 2021 Fleece

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Where I'm Gonna be in March 2022

 March is going to be a busy month, which is good because April is when we shear and start lambing, so things are going to be pretty hectic after this month.

If you want me to bring anything to try (wheels, fiber, whatever) or want to just meet up while I am out and about, let me know and we can set up a meet.


Knitting Guild of Buffalo

March 3 2022 I'll be at the Knitting Guild of Buffalo meeting and will have a vendor table set up with yarns and fiber.

St. Leo the Great RC Church
885 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, NY  14226

Doors open at 6:30 PM
Masks optional

Common Threads Buffalo Spinning Guild meeting - 3/13/2022 from 1 to 4. Common Threads meets the second Sunday of each month, 1:00 - 4pm. Join us at West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St, West Seneca, NY.


Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild Meeting - 3/19/2022 from 10 to 2. First Presbyterian Church, 70 East Main St, in Victor, NY


Jillian Moreno Workshop - 3/26 - 3/27 - more to come on this - I don't have locale and times yet.  This is a closed workshop, but if you are going, I'll be there and can bring tools or wool if needed!


I do a live feed from the barn every Friday at noon est - I post an “event” on my Facebook Farm Page with a link you can click to join the live feed. Usually runs 45 minutes or until my battery on my phone runs out. If you miss the live feed, the video of the event gets posted on my page for your viewing pleasure. Here is a link to the live feed from 12/17/2021 - live feed link


Hope to see you in March!  BTW, I comply with all Covid guidelines, and in the case of a surge, I will likely not attend the scheduled meetings.