Sheep of the Week: East Friesian
Guess who got a package this week.
Yep. That would be me!
And in that package was a nice little Friesian fleece from Gretchen, of Gretchen’s Wool Mill. Yea!
Friesians are the Cadillac of milk sheep, and are also known for their prolificacy . You can read about more about them here.
I’d never worked with Friesian wool before,, so was mighty anxious to give it a spin (so to speak).
So, here is my experience so far-
The wool in it’s raw state:
It ranges from about 3-4 inches in length. (Gretchen told me it’s usually a bit longer, but they sheared early this year.) Isn’t very greasy, and has a nice bit of crimp. This one is nice and clean, with no veg to speak of.
Here it is after a bit of a wash-
Bright white, and now you can see the luster. It “floofed” out quite a bit in the wash, but the tips remained intact, so it was fairly easy to sort it back out into locks and ditch any short bits.
Flick carded, spun, plied-
It’s a nice strong, sweater wool of medium fineness, I would say. Has a nice bounce and body to it, and is lustrous, but not silky.
A very satisfying new wool experience. Should be fun to play with.
Ps: And on a completely unrelated note, I wanted to share with any of you who have dogs, and who might ever have a need to use one of those horrible elizabethan collars for a post-surgical recuperation that THERE IS INDEED A BETTER OPTION.
Here is my poor sweet Bruno, stressed out and driving us all nuts with his icky plastic cone headgear:
And here is the same boy, content and relaxed in an inflatable ProCollar:
Ahh. That’s better!