Skirting a Fleece
I've completed one fleece and spun it into yarn
but this fleece, Ziggy's, is the one that I have been longing to dig my fingers into.
She has very crimpy soft wool
and it's so long for a Jacob Sheep
nearly 6 inches!
It takes quite a bit of work to get it ready to spin though.
First you must skirt it.
That means you remove any unwanted grass & hay.
It's also important to remove small pieces of cut fleece. These are called second cuts and are produced if the shearer goes over the same area twice while he is removing the fleece from the body of the sheep. There weren't a lot of second cuts in Ziggy's fleece but there were a few.
Some areas take a while to go through
and some are thrown straight in the trash.
You just take a handful and sort through it removing anything unwanted.