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About the fleece:
This fleece is from an adult Hog Island sheep living at Ingles Ferry Colonial Farm. This is a raw fleece, meaning it has been lightly skirted, but has not been washed. Because these sheep are not coated, there may be some vegetable matter in the fleece. Hog Island sheep are listed as critically endangered by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.

The staple length is ~2.0".

This listing is for approximately 2.5 lbs. Hog Island wool is off-white or cream in color, has a medium crimp and spins up into a very "sproingy" yarn. It also felts easily and takes dye beautifully.

The first photo shows the sheep being sheared with blade shears. The next photos show the raw fleece indoors taken with a flash, and then outdoors without a flash. The next photo shows the raw locks. The last photo shows the sheep grazing with the cabin in the background.

About the sheep: These sheep represent some of the 18th century livestock at the Ingles Ferry Living History site. Ingles Ferry, located in Radford, VA, is the home place of Mary Draper Ingles, heroine of the book “Follow the River” by James Thom. Mary was captured by the Shawnee Indians in 1755, taken to Ohio, escaped, and returned to Virginia. In the 1760s, she and her husband, William, settled at the Ingles Ferry site. The land has remained in the family since then, and has always remained a working farm.

For one weekend per month from April through October, the Ingles Ferry site is opened to the public at no charge. Costumed interpreters demonstrate sheep shearing, flax culture and processing, spinning, militia musters and other various activities. The Hog Island sheep are always present for the public to view.

You can read more about the breed here: http://www.albc-usa.org/cpl/hogisland.html and more about where the sheep are raised here: http://www.inglesferry.com/.

SHIPPING: I will refund any shipping overage that is greater than $1.00.

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Hog Island sheep raw fleece, approximately 2.5 lbs.

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