This weekend we went up to Saanich and picked up some freshly sheared Texel yearling fleece. We forgot our plastic bags....so we just squished it all in! Needless to say we had a few looks from other cars passing us on the highway! I think we need a decal for the car for such events.
We picked up 14 fleeces, some of which I have brought to the store, as is, as I have heard from a couple of people they would like a raw fleece. The rest we will skirt and then eventually send up to Ann's mill in Qualicum. We sent our last years fleece up there and were happy with the washing. Not before I gave it a go to wash some at home.
Here is a lovely picture of the kids enduring the trip! I am surprised that the car doesn't smell like sheep anymore.
To make a whole trip of it we stayed up with our friends at Red Cedar Moon, Fran is the artist whose paintings are in the shop. Here she is wearing the cowichan toque that I made for her last Christmas. The wool from this hat is from a class that I took on the Tsartlip reserve in Brentwood to learn how to wash, card... fleece.
Thanks to Marilyn, her son Jay, another farm in Saanich, and Mae Sam, we will be hosting our own fleece to ...... course. A series of Sunday's, from watching the sheep be sheered to learning how to wash it, pick it until it is ready to spin! More details to come about dates etc..!