Oh how I get excited when we shear. Those rich, beautiful colors! Those long lustrous Romney locks! The earthy sheepy smell that saturates the air and my clothes and hy hands. Watching my sweet, beloved woolies freed from their winter sweaters, hoping like lambs and greeting each other as "new" sheep each spring. I look forward to it, when the time is right and I start to hear the little song birds singing as in the early morning air that takes on a sweeter smell. It's Spring, and of all the seasons it brings me the most joy.
This season's wool harvest is beautiful. Though we waited a little longer than usual for the perfect day, my Romney fleeces were very dry and healthy. Lanolin is an amazing thing, the crimp of Romney Fleece naturally repels dirt and most hay chaff and vegetation. It's long and strong and gorgeous ...well to me it is. :)
Here is Handsome Mike being shorn, and below him is Jack Black, and then Mercy. We go from pure white, to silvery grey with flecks of black and a little white, to a deep chocolately brown with dark and light shades. The joy of having mixed colors in your flock!
So as my 2016 Spring shearing rests in my basement and I decide what special happiness it should create, I invite you to take a look at the pure Romney batts we created from the 2015 Spring Shearing. And consider taking part in Spinzilla this year. Its a fun, friendly competition that encourages you to spin as much as you can in a week in October and win some fun prizes. I will have some exclusive batts and roving created by my dear friend Betty Stover of Spinnakees' Farm. You can begin your collection of fibers anytime for the week long spin. And just think of all of your beautiful handspun yarns you'll have ready for winter knitting projects! Read more about The Romney Ridge Spinnakees' Spinzilla Team here. And if you like you can begin purchasing your Romney Batts here.