Local Pastures Yarn - Sheering Day at Windrush

Posted on January 22 2015

Ever wonder how the wool gets from the animal to the skein? Last Monday, Windrush farm hosted a sheering day. The weather was so beautiful. and we all learned so much. The whole process begins the night before the sheering. The animals are rounded up into the barn for the night. This keeps them calm for the morning sheering. We arrived to these amazing faces:

local pastures wool

As observers and helpers we are given the task of keeping track of the sheep's number (from it's tag) with the shorn fleece. Johnny Sanchez is the expert sheerer. He arrived and began his work. He was so skilled, and so fast. The fleece came off in sheets. If you didn't know better, you'd think it was a sheep skin. But of course, it's not. He just has a way of sheering that keeps the fibers intact. Amazing.

local pastures wool

The next step on the journey from sheep to skein is to weigh the fleeces. From here, you can decide to keep the fleeces exclusively separate, or you can decide to start mixing the colors and get varying shades of gray, brown, black, and white. At this point, the fleece is ready to be washed, dried, picked, carded, milled, and spun! For us, our day was complete. Some of this will turn into Local Pastures yarn! More to come on those last steps as we spend more and more time documenting this amazing process that produces the fiber that we love to play with.



Leave a comment

All blog comments are checked prior to publishing

Recent Posts

  • We're Mad For MAD TOSH!

    Jul 19 2017

    MAD TOSH is BACK! We’ve received a huge shipment of Madelinetosh Pashmina, Merino Light, and Vintage in beautiful colorways. It’s the pe...

  • New LYKKES Are Here!

    Jun 15 2017

    We have a fresh supply of LYKKE Driftwood Needles, our new favorite knitting needles!  We have several sets of interchangeable needles p...

  • Summer is the perfect time to knit with LINEN!

    Jun 04 2017

    Yes, the summer heat is on in Petaluma…the perfect time to knit with linen! We’re in love with linen at Knitterly. Made from the long, st...

Like us on Facebook

Join our Mailing List

Sign up to receive our daily email and get 10% off your first purchase.