I wore this out last night for a fun night out with friends, and was able to forget I was wearing it. No scratch, no itch, no prickle. It feels springy and bouncy, and kept me warm. I love it!
In a nutshell, this is what I want for all my sheep fleeces. If you've ever worn scratchy wool, you'll know it isn't a pleasant experience. I want to be able to wear it against the skin without having to scratch at my neck all night. How close I am to that goal I just don't know.
I also like spinning fleeces from other sheep breeds to learn about the characteristics of those sheep and see how they differ from Shetland. I have spun Icelandic, angora goat, and Tunis. I have some Jacob roving I'm thinking of playing around with next, but it has some kemp in it, and I'm worried it's going to fly everywhere and make a big mess.
So far I like Shetland the best. There is just nothing else like it.
Not much new on the sheep front. Other than a few rams killing each other (eyeroll) all has been peaceful. That is the one downside of leaving ewe lambs open. That smell stays in the air all winter and the poor rams get no peace.
Dixie Cup, one of my Grace daughters, was causing trouble the other day. I noticed the rams fighting and mounting each other, and little Dixie had squeezed into a small paddock adjacent to the ram pen and was purring and brushing up against the fence. I shooed her back where she belonged, away from the rams.
I sure hope all my ewes settled. I didn't use a back up ram this year and I'm wondering if I should have. Guess I'll find out in a few months. :)