Today I was able to see some amazing alpacas being shorn at Fletching. It may look cruel but this is a tried and tested method of calming the animals while removing their fabulous fleeces. The dont produce wool-only sheep are wool producers-we call their coat a fleece when it’s entire but its a fibre rather like hair. I have spun many of the colours from Vicky & Chris but today I managed to bring home some fibre from the dark grey male which is all shades of grey with some black thrown in for good measure. I have been trying to collect all the natural colours over the years & want eventually to knit something in fairisle.
Shearing at Spring Farm