Sheep to Shawl

It’s been a busy weekend, so I’m just getting around to posting my latest adventure: sheep shearing. Every year, the Fiber Guild of the Savannahs, together with Oatland Island, put on a sheep-to-shawl event, where we demonstrate the process of shearing the sheep, carding the fleece, spinning the yarn, and weaving it into a shawl. The shawl is then raffled off to a lucky winner.

Having never sheared a sheep before, I volunteered to help. It’s kind of a bucket list thing. 🙂 It takes several people to wrangle a sheep and shear it. One person to hold the front legs, one to hold the back, another to whisper sweet nothings into the sheep’s ear, and a few more to help cut the fleece. Since this was a more of a historical reenactment, we sheared the sheep with handheld shears, not electric. The whole process took about an hour, though I’m sure professionals can do it a lot faster. It was a lot of fun, and I’ll definitely do it again next year!

Shears

These were REALLY sharp and pointy.

cloudbefore

This is the first sheep, Cloud, before his haircut.

Progress shot! He had a lot of wool.

Progress shot! He had a lot of wool.

Cloud next to all his fleece.

Cloud next to all his fleece.

The second sheep, Storm with Cloud, after their shearing. They weren't too happy to see me when I took this picture. :)

The second sheep, Storm, with Cloud, post-shearing. They weren’t too happy to see me when I took this picture. 🙂

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