I'm not sure what all contributed to it, but this years fleeces are some of the best I have ever raised...and I don't just mean the lamb fleeces, but my adults as well. It is all dense and plush and soft, and also plenty of length.
Two of my favorites this year, Dahlia (now nicknamed Della) and Desiree (Desi). I have been skirting these fleeces and just can't keep my hands off them!
This is Della's fleece. I kept thinking of cherry cola while I was handling it for the rich colors running through it. Here is a closer sample of a few locks:
How about that length? You might notice a band of color running through these locks,and my heart sank when I saw this...it would usually signal a weak spot or break in the fleece. But not in this case, it is strong to the tip! Woo-hoo!!! I have a sample washed up, now just need to spin it. Della is a daughter of Abby, and so a granddaughter of old Hannah Verlee.
Here is Desi's fiber:
Desi is Ainsley's daughter. I could only think of black raspberries while I was handling this fleece....raspberries sparkling with morning dew ;)
These fleeces both are destined for new homes, but you can believe I saved back a few handfuls for myself to enjoy!
For tomorrow, how about some photos of silver and grey fleeces?