I ended up spending way too much time there, watching the shearing, and came home with a sunburn and these 2 fleeces. I'd spotted some dark brown/black sheep and I wanted to see how those fleece looked off the sheep. Several of the sheep turned out to be hair type or hair type cross sheep. They get woolly in the winter, but it usually falls out in spring, leaving a sheep that looks more like a goat, but sometimes that wool just doesn't drop off so shearing is needed. Anyway, that stuff is not for spinning, its full of coarse hair.
And then there was a final Rambouillet ewe, her fleece seemed very nice too, ah, what the heck, why not make it a pair of fleeces?. Nice crimp, nice staple length, very fine fiber. It really makes sense for me to practice fiber cleaning before BSG, don't you agree?
Both these fleeces are dirty, but not gross, and have lots of vm, mostly hay. This time around, rather than deal with washing the entire fleece at once, I've pulled out what I think are the best/cleanest/least matted bits and I'll wash those first, one test batch at a time. If the test batches are too much work to clean, everything goes into the 'other' pile. The 'other' category might be felting, mulch or trash bin.
As you can see, Hootie Kitty sees no fault with my lapse of resolve. In fact, before I left the house on Saturday, I'm sure she whispered a wish for fleece in my ear.
BTW, did you feel the earthquake yesterday? I sure did, was outside sorting the fleece and thought I was having a dizzy spell. Then I heard the water sloshing in the pool. Crazy stuff.