A shearling is a term used for a female sheep that has been sheared once and is old enough to have two-broad teeth, whereas a Ewe is a term for a female sheep after it has been sheared for a second time.
|Top left: the fleece as seen on the sheep. Bottom right: the fleece showing the part that was closest to the sheep.|
All other photos show a close up of the locks.
After my not-so-successful attempt at hand carding I decided to go back to my wool combs and so the rest of the fleece was prepared this way. There was quite a bit of scurf and grit in the fleece but all that fell out during the combing to leave lovely soft, squishy hand-combed nests.
I spun as fine as I could to produce some wonderful singles and I decided to leave the rest of my yarns as singles.
I used some of Skein 1 to make a lace edged beret. After making the beret I still have 177g/730m of lovely yarn left to use.
With some of Skein 2 I made this fabulous 7 panelled beaded lace shawl. I didn't use all of the skein, I am left with 46g/363m, which is enough to make a small shawl.