I have now received the fleece(s) I was promised and there are some of different types. The Polworth looked the dirtiest so I have started with that one. Picture above showed how it arrived.
is a breed of sheep that was developed in Victoria (Australia)
during 1880. They were of one-quarter Lincoln
and three-quarters Merino
bloodlines. They are large, predominantly polled
sheep with long, soft, quite fine wool
and produce good meat
carcases. They were developed in an attempt to extend the grazing territory of sheep because the Merino was found lacking in hardiness in this respect.
A dual-purpose (meat and wool) breed with a major emphasis on wool production.
Mature ewes weigh 50 to 60 kg (110 to 130 lb) and mature rams weigh 66 to 80 kg (146 to 176 lb). Ewes are excellent prime lamb mothers producing lambs that have good lean carcases. The high yielding fleeces weigh an average six to seven kilograms, with a fibre diameter of 23 to 25 microns (58–60s).
The Polwarth Sheepbreeders’ Association of Australia was formed in 1918 and the studbook closed in 1948.
Polwarths are now mostly found in the higher rainfall regions of south-eastern Australia that have improved pastures. Polwarths have been exported into many countries, including South America where they are known as Ideals.
First I washed it, three times. Then after a thorough rinse, I put it out in the sunshine to dry.
Larry bought me some carding combs so I could stroke the fleece into submission!
It’s important to keep one comb for the left hand and the other for the right. So I marked them to make sure I didn’t get them mixed up.
When the fleece was washed, dried and combed, it looked like this. I have stored it and can’t wait to try spinning with it soon. It looks like a cloud of happiness to me 🙂
I’ll come back and show you as soon as I start spinning.