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We bought a small farm last year and were given two Cheviot/Jacob sheep mix ewes that had been bred to a full blood Jacob. The MOST adorable lambs I have ever seen anywhere!

I have read they have good wool for handspinning and am hoping to get a spinning wheel this Christmas :)

Anyone here have experience with spinning Jacob wool????? We also hope to get a llama and add that to my spinning too.

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First the disclaimers - "in my experience with Jacobs" and "from my research"...

Jacobs are an old unimproved breed so their fleeces vary sheep to sheep. The variety of colors is always great fun to spin but unlike some breeds the fleeces are not text book consistent.


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Woolfool, from your post can I interpret that you have Jacob sheep? I have a flock of about 30 jacobs and 10 dorsetX.
I have found my fleeces easy to work with, but then again I am a novice at the fiber end of the sheep business.
 

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Thanks for answering :)

Anything I need to know before trying to work with my Jacob wool?

I have never worked with wool at all before, but am getting a spinning wheel for Christmas, very excited about that! I have separated my wool the best I could and have a bag of white, white blends, a bag of black and black blends, and then a bag of whatevers.

Any help at all would be appreciated!

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Polly in NNY said:
Woolfool, from your post can I interpret that you have Jacob sheep? I have a flock of about 30 jacobs and 10 dorsetX.
I have found my fleeces easy to work with, but then again I am a novice at the fiber end of the sheep business.

I had one, sniff :( He was quite soft. I've sheared a number of Jacobs this season and the fleeces have varied quite a bit in length and softness. I enjoy working with Jacob wool. Sometimes they can have some kemp mixed in but that is a small price to pay for the wonderful colors :)


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