This is Molly’s 2022 Raw Fleece. Molly’s fleece won second place at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival May 7/8, 2022 in the Finn category. Her daughter, a lamb named Jolene, won first place. Now you know her fleece is not only loved by me, the judges love it too. I find it quite fun that MDSW fell on mother’s day weekend and then Molly and her daughter won first and second place ribbons. I love it.
Molly is a purebred finnsheep that was coated/ jacketed most of the year. Her fleece is very low on VM (vegetable matter- hay, straw, grass from the pasture)….so low in fact I would call it nearly a no vm fleece. I’m not going to say ‘no’ because some stray piece may be found in there. If it is, I didn’t see it. I’m a hand spinner, shepherd and certified wool classer and really enjoyed skirting this one. I get a little ruthless about skirting and removing all wool that has VM in it so you are only getting nice wool with Point of View Farm fleeces, not a bag full of wool straw and hay. It weighs 2 pounds 13.5 ounces. Free shipping
Raw fleece means it has not been washed yet so it will smell like a sheep and need washing either before or after spinning. The fleece was carefully and professionally shorn off Molly in a single piece New Zealand style by a shearer who takes pride in his work (and knows what he is doing). This shearer has shorn award winning fleeces at Rhinebeck and Maryland Fleece show and sales for many years for our farm and others. You will not be disappointed in his careful work. I then carefully skirt it at shearing and again at a later date when I have nmore time. I have usually spent at least an hour preparing a fleece for sale or show.
Molly was born at Point of View Farm in 2019. She is turning out to be quite a nice addition. We love her dark brown crimpy wool that is silvering a bit as she ages. That quality just makes it sing in the sunlight. She one of the rarer (double recessive) brown finnsheep sheep born in the US and helped add genetic diversity in the Point of View Farm flock. Her dam is Sapphire, now retired to be a pet here and her sire is Rockstar…who was literally that. What a nice combination of bloodlines this ewe is and such an unusual color of greying silver brown.
Finnsheep fleece takes dye like a dream and would also blend beautifully with other wools where you want to add luster and drape to a different type of wool.