After the washing came the shearing. Since we didn't have proper electric shears, we simply used a pair of sharp scissors. Also, this was our first time. We had never even seen anyone shear a sheep before, so it was entirely new to us. Of course, we had read a fair amount about sheep shearing. Farrah held Winnie's head while I used the scissors.
|After about fifteen minutes of work...|
|The fleece is supposed to stay together in one piece, but I pulled on it rather too hard, so it pulled apart a bit.|
|Half- way through.|
We ended up with about 2 1/2 pounds of wool- enough to fill a pillowcase. We would have gotten more, but since we were so inexperienced I had to "double cut", and thus wasted some of the wool. I'm hoping to wash it thoroughly, spin it into yarn with the drop spindle method, and then dye it and use it for knitting and crocheting.
Hope you enjoyed hearing about this experience of ours!