Elliott's fleece is fluffy and soft, and comparatively clean, in regards to what he's been up to lately -
As you can see, he's taken a little dislike to the "ramada" on his little barn. None of the other rams we have ever had have bothered it - they seemed to realize it kept the rain and the heat of the day off of them - but this little stinker banged on the 4" support post until he broke it, then proceeded to run and jump up at the roof - further deteriorating the particle board that was under the shingles - covering his fleece with it. Luckily, while The Shepherd was waiting for the shearer to arrive a few weeks ago, he had some one on one time with Elliott and was able to pick a lot of that crap out of his fleece prior to shearing.
This is a sample of Vanessa's fleece - it will wash up a real pretty honey color, I'm sure.
This is the sample that really made me swoon - which I was already doing from the lovely smell of the fresh fleece and the grease from the lanolin on my hands - This is Sandy's fleece - look at those crimpy locks.
The ends are kind of sticky with the dirt/lanolin "gunk" that gets out at the tips of her fleece and The Shepherd was going to take a pair of scissors to it and cut off those ends.
"Wait a minute!" I said - "let me try washing out a bit of it!"
Here is part of her fleece after a little soak in a "hot tub" of hot hot water and wool wash.
Oh, yeah -baby - look at that - and you should feel it. I think any spinner would love to get his or her hands on this fleece, don't you?
Here's a close up of the washed locks -
Speaking of Cats - A "sweet 16" side note - The Shepherd was beside himself this evening - do you root for your "home team" - in this case the Arizona Wildcats - from his home town of Tucson, or for the "home team" - the Gonzaga Zags - the local team from Spokane. I think he ended up rooting for his Wildercats - they won pretty handily. Go Wildcats!