The girls and I have great hopes of mimicking the self sufficient pioneers and turning our sheep into yarn. We'll need to purchase hand carders and either repair or replace our spinning wheel, which hasn't been in use since before I had Becky.
In descending order, here's the evolution of our yarn dream. First, Shirley gets a partial shearing each day. Next, the wool goes into a storage container. Then, it gets gently washed with detergent to clean off dirt and some lanolin.
Wouldn't it be amazing (and unlikely) if I posted us dying, carding, and spinning this clean wool?