Sunday, July 29, 2012


                So Hamish's Gotland ewes relinquished their woolly coats the other weekend.
  They came and told me they were happy for me to use some of it
when I called around yesterday.
       (Note the black merino ewe with the white patch on it's head).

They were ready for the old coat to go as their spring growth is already showing. Hamish told me the colour of their new coats is different initially and lighter and these tips are more susceptible to felting when their fleeces get longer. Since Gotlands put so much effort into quickly growing length into their fibres, a better spinner's fleece is produced if the tips are removed later on without the staples being short.
 So thank you ladies. I went home and couldn't resist washing one of the fleeces (or 2 or 3) and carding a little bit to spin.

1 comment:

Jody said...

I enjoyed your pics Doe and what a lovely Gotland fleece too :-)