Introducing the fleece of Eloise, the Shetland sheep.
Introducing the fleece of Eloise, the Shetland sheep.

The Yarns at Yin Hoo podcast is co-hosting a special series — a deeper exploration of our craft and connection to sheep. Each episode in the series will feature practical and useful information, personal stories, and suggestions. I have already learned so much from my fellow podcasters Claire, Emily, and Sarah; I’m certain that you will benefit from their thoughtful consideration of the topic. We have differing levels of experience and points of entry to fiber craft, which is sure to result in there being something for everyone in this series.


If you have felt, as I did, that the fleece tent at a fiber festival is overwhelming and intimidating, if you’ve been considering a fleece purchase, if you have unprocessed fleece languishing in storage, if you’re experienced in fleece processing — you are invited to participate in the discussion threads, ask questions and share ideas. Podcast hosts will be facilitating discussion threads and awarding prizes for engaging in discussion.

On Sunday, we divided the fleece for Part II of our Fleece-Wise series.

Part I of the series began the week of September 18th on New Hampshire Knits, continuing on FiberTrek, Fibre Town, and concluding here on the YAYH podcast just before Rhinebeck 2016. My Fleece-wise episode focuses on how to process a fleece, and explores the options for store, spin or scour.

Part II of the series will follow our adventures as we scour, and begin to work with the fleece we purchased together at Rhinebeck. Eloise is a Shetland, and her fleece weight at purchase was 2 lb. 12 oz. We will be learning together and continuing to share our journey with podcast listeners and viewers over the coming months.