Shetland fleece, rolled and ready for the wool bag.

It all takes time

Well here we are with September almost at an end, and I still have fleeces to sort ready to send to the scourers. It has been a very busy month, here at Hawkshaw Sheep HQ. 

We started by gathering the sheep in off the hill to start weaning the lambs from their Mothers, it makes for a noisy couple of days after we have split them up, but both the lambs and their Mothers soon get used to the idea.

Next it was time to pack up the van and head off to the Perth festival of yarn, as Perth is only a two hour drive from home I travelled up early that morning, I arrived in plenty of time and had to wait for the doors to open, then it was a bit of a mad dash to get set up before the doors opened to the general public. It was a fantastic day, everyone from the organiser, other vendors and the public were just so lovely, it was a real pleasure to be able to vend there. Next year it is going to be a two day event, I'm already looking forward to it.



Well here we are with September almost at an end, and I still have fleeces to sort ready to send to the scourers. It has been a very busy month, here at Hawkshaw Sheep HQ. 

We started by gathering the sheep in off the hill to start weaning the lambs from their Mothers, it makes for a noisy couple of days after we have split them up, but both the lambs and their Mothers soon get used to the idea.
Next it was time to pack up the van and head off to the Perth festival of yarn, as Perth is only a two hour drive from home I travelled up early that morning, I arrived in plenty of time and had to wait for the doors to open, then it was a bit of a mad dash to get set up before the doors opened to the general public. It was a fantastic day, everyone from the organiser, other vendors and the public were just so lovely, it was a real pleasure to be able to vend there. Next year it is going to be a two day event, I'm already looking forward to it.
After getting on the glad rags for Perth, it was back to the work clothes for more sheep work, this time the weaned lambs needed to be keeled, which is putting a paint mark on them, for us this is just to let us know which lambs have been in, normally it is to identify that it is your sheep, if it were to get in with the neighbours flock, but as we are the only people with Shetland and Hebridean sheep in this area,if they do stray the locals all know who they belong to. I don't have to use a lot of keel paint on them, which is good as it can stay on the fleece until the next clipping. while the lambs are in the sheep pens, we also give them an injection of Heptavac P, which protects them from some bacterial diseases, that can kill them, they also get another injection of a product called Dectomax which is a worm dose and also kills any mites which might be lurking in the fleeces.
Then it was back to sorting the clipped fleeces, these have to be laid out, then any matted bits of fleece pulled off and discarded, vegetable matter removed and then rolled up neatly and put in the wool sack. I'm afraid to say that progress with the fleeces is proving to be a very slow. This is because we are also trying to paint the outside of our house, so any good weather that is what we must do. mean the fleeces have to take a back seat. Maybe by the time I next post on the blog the fleeces will be finished and on their journey to becoming yarn, watch this space!
Sat 23rd I'm off to the Scottish Smallholder Festival, held at Lanark, I have booked stand space to vend there, it's always a great day out, but this year I won't be able to see much, as I'm manning the stand myself.
That's all for now
Until next time
Sue

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