Here is the fun news I promised you.
After spending a long time washing and carding my very first fleece which was a Zwartbles breed sheep I have finally finished my first skein.
This is how the fleece looks once it was washed and carded and comes out of the bag (a cotton pillowcase).
I wish I had had the foresight to have taken a pic of the fleece before carding so you will have seen the difference. I promise to do it next time. This pic is a rolag which is basically a piece of the fleece carded on the drum carded and you roll it up into a cigar shape.
And this is the final product. It was spun and then two of the ends were plied together. They were then wound into a skein from the bobbin and washed and dried under pressure (put some fishing weights in the bottom to put some tension on it), then finally put into a pretty skein.
The skein weighs 85g and is quite thick/thin but am going to knit it up either into a doggie coat or a bag which I will then felt.
All this fun from a cute looking animal. Here is a pic of the said animal.
Thank you Sheppherd for the hours of fun I have had and have got left with the rest of your furry fleece.
If you were ever considering having a go at spinning I would definitely have a go as it is great fun and I have really enjoyed it (although it is tiring).