Twice a year, our sheep – with the help of electric shears – magically transform from clouds on legs into stumpy, multi-colored deer. Icelandic sheep have two coats (tog is coarse and hairlike and up to a couple feet long, and thel is a thick and soft undercoat) that can differ greatly in coloring, so every year we enjoy seeing how the new lambs look with just their undercoat. Below are some photographs of the flock before shearing, and of Badger (our alpha ewe) after being shorn. She has a cream outercoat with black spots underneath!
We will take the wool to Morningstar Fiber Mill in Andrews, NC, and in a few months will have some beautiful Lopi yarn for you. If you bought some of it from us this year, let us know what you’ve found to do with it!