A Warm Day for Warm Work 3

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It’s that time of year again. The wool is piling up, and the point comes where, if we’re not to be overwhelmed by the stuff, sorting the great and the good from the condemned-to-the-compost-heap has to start now. Here’s Denise sorting and grading the Cheviot coming in from an Eriskay neighbour. She has the skills at her fingertips! I merely set up the make-shift grading table, and do all the heavy lifting. And supply long cold drinks. It’s a warm day for warm work : mid 20s in the shade, and here at the front of the house is a south-facing sun-trap. But D likes it hot!


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3 thoughts on “A Warm Day for Warm Work

  • herbalsheila

    Look at all the wonderful wool! Do your neighbors that supply the Cheviot do some preliminary skirting, or does Denise do that as well?

    Will you or Denise be scouring large batches of wool after sorting and grading? Will Denise save a fleece or two for herself for her own processing and hand spinning? Or does all of the Cheviot go to a mill to be processed into yarn?

    • Jonathan & Denise Bridge Post author

      We always insists on getting the entire fleece. Daggings go to the compost heap, of course (so not completely wasted), and the rougher skirtings may be used for lining a hanging basket, for example. Sorting fleeces on a sunny day is a ritual we both look forward to very much.

    • Jonathan & Denise Bridge Post author

      D > We only scour small quantity of selected fleeces for hand-spinning – the best of the best, and their more likely to be our own Hebrideans than our neighbours’ Cheviots. Almost all the Cheviot goes to the mill.