We have had three new additions to the farm in the last few weeks. All are sheep and wool production related additions.
First, we got a wool picker. This will make it so we can easily take our washed wool fleece and remove all the leftover bits of VM (vegetable matter), and open it up to prepare it to be carded. This is the Oak wool picker made and sold by Kaydessa.
AND, even more exciting…we finally got a drum carder! We have been wanting/needing one for a few years now so that we can process our own wool. Up until now we have used a mill to process our wool, except a little bit we processed with the hand cards on our own.
We chose the Elite Convertible hand-crank drum carder from Clemes & Clemes. That way, while I have lots of helpful little hands we can have a nice quiet hand-crank, and later when my nest is empty I can buy the motor and have an electric if I want.
Now, with the wool picker and especially the drum carder we can do anything and everything we want to with the wool. We can card it into bats, or roving. We can blend our angora rabbit wool in with our sheep wool and then make bats or roving too.
We have been really enjoying playing with our new tools!
We have already made bats of our white CVM/Merino wool and also silver Lincoln Longwool, and roving from the Lincoln as well. We have also made bats of our English Angora rabbit wool.
We have found it quite easy to learn how to use these tools and the more we work with them the better our skills are becoming. I can’t wait to share with you as we process our own wool. What a great addition to our farm tools!
The other new addition to the farm is our newest sheep – Toffee!
She is a light Moorit colored CVM/Merino weanling ewe lamb. Her wool gets darker as it goes closer to her skin. It will change shade during her first year of life.
She is replacing our previous breeding ewe, Stella, because Stella wasn’t able to breed successfully for us. So we now have Toffee, Fiona (a white, 3-year-old, CVM/Merino), and Violet (a black, 1-year-old, CVM/Wensleydale) as our breeding ewes. Toffee may or may not be able to breed this fall, it depends on how quickly she grows and matures, but we are hopeful by November she will be ready. We have always wanted to have the moorit color in our flock and are very excited to have her!