Shear The Sheep

Last month Marissa visited Jacob sheep at Meridian Jacobs Farm. Today the Jacob sheep at the San Francisco Zoo were sheared, and the Navajo-Churro sheep and alpacas, too. This is the third year I have organized a “wool education” table at the zoo’s shearing event.

The Jacob Sheep before being sheared.

We demonstrate spinning and have samples of wool-y goodness. We want people to know about all the things we can do with wool: spin, knit, crochet, dye, needlefelt, wet felt, and weave. Today I talked to people about the processes, while two other spinners demonstrated the drop spindle and wheel. We all had things to share that we made from Jacob wool from previous years’ shearing.

A fluffy Navajo-Churro whose wool is destined for to be made into a traditional Navajo weaving.

Kids love to touch the wool and watch the spinning wheel. My son stopped by and enjoyed telling people about the wool we dyed with eucalyptus ‘leafs’. People asked great questions, and we may have converted a few knitters and crocheters into spinners.

The considerably less bulky sheep after being sheared.

I was in the barn, but there were a bunch of other things going on outside: the shearing, of course, a contest, and an art student created an edible cake for the animals.

mmmmmm, tasty!

The last to be sheared were the alpacas. We had to jump back to avoid being spit upon. I won’t say if this was the culprit or not.

Watch out!

– Reported by Janice, who had a fun day teaching about the beauty of wool.


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We're a group of knitters, crocheters, spinners, and weavers, who meet on Tuesday nights at 7 pm at Tart to Tart in the Inner Sunset. Please join us!
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One Response to Shear The Sheep

  1. Tracey says:

    i love the before & after photos!

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