Friday 29 December 2023

Selmas fleece, hind legs

Today, the third and final part of Selmas fleece of 2022 is washed.

More double-cuts, more VM, more matted fleece. Instead of matted tips, I would say that there are matted locks. After all, the sheep ly mostly on their bottoms when they ly down, a little on one side. They don't mind mud or other dirt to ly in, though they prefer a bit softer and a bit dryer places if they find them.

At the cut side, you can find the double-cuts

At the tip side, you will find all VM and other dirt

Result of both sides cleaning

Half of it, ready for its first bath.

After 2 days of picking fleeces on the floor, I must admit that I'm a bit stiff in my legs and bottom. Crawling on the floor, reaching far, sitting still and getting up and sitting down is not something I'm used to, and I will be glad when I can start the next phase in the processing of this fleece.

I am really glad that I found such large stainless steel bowls at second hand stores, for this fleece processing. So much nicer than using plastic containers!

Now, the wool is drying and in the afternoon I baked a nice Dutch specialty, speculaas. A sweet cooky with wintery spices like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, And the result is crispy and tasty.

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