1 pound of my Tunis sheep fleece, cleaned but otherwise just as it came off the animal. I wash by soaking 3 times in hot water using my own soap to make sure it's both gentle on the wool and effective at cleaning. I rinse 3 times, once with a vinegar solution to neutralize the soap, and then sun-dry in my outdoor solar dehydrator for fluffy soft, white wool. I currently have 4 Tunis ewes, and 3 ewe-lambs born this spring (look for their first fleeces this next summer!). These are a warm-climate sheep, so they have a shorter staple length - 2.5-3.5" - but a really nice crimp and very fine fiber. The photos are of the raw wool, a washed lock,a carded batt I made, and some lace-weight yarn I spun. I really like this wool, it gives a soft springy yarn, even when spun very fine. Tunis wool is known for being soft and non-scratchy, the word I kept seeing when researching them was "lustrous". The fiber shafts are less scaly than many sheep wools, and though I don't know a micron number, I was surprised just how fine it is - finer than the high 20's I'd seen in research, and so soft! This is what one pleased customer had to say:
"Oh my God! This is SO SOFT! This stuff is divine! I spun a sample & as rough as it is [still raw] it came out crazy beautiful! It'll make a stunner of a shawl! Oh my! I believe this is my new favorite fiber! I will be shopping with you again. Very soon! It will be the first wool I actually stash! Fiber diet be damned!"
Our sheep truly live the farm life - I do not coat them, and they are moved over the entire 60 or so acres of pasture, so this fleece is not terribly clean to start with. We do not have burrs, though - there is the usual hay and other VM, but no burrs! While this is skirted and washed, I have not removed any but the larger VM. In my experience, it comes out quite nicely during the picking process, it is mostly fine, short VM that falls out pretty well. It does scour well, this year's were not very greasy at all and it washes to a beautiful white. I have skirted this fleece before washing, and while of course I can't guarantee it's perfect, I do spin my own wool so I understand how important well-skirted fiber is! I have shipping listed as a medium flat rate box, if I can ship it differently for less I will and refund the difference - I probably can, but I’ve shipped to Alaska several times, and need to cover all possibilities.
I generally ship USPS - being rural that is the most convenient - but can ship UPS when appropriate. I ship items as soon as possible - if already made then within 1-3 days usually, and if custom-made then within 2-3 weeks. If the actual shipping cost is more than $1 or so less than my listed shipping costs then I will refund the difference.
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