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RONNETTE WIGGLESWORTH 4oz Cupcake Ranch Chocolate Merino Lambswool Roving

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RONNETTE WIGGLESWORTH, aka Ronnie, is a soft, bouncy, natural dark brown roving from our little chocolate Merino ewe of the same name. This is from her first fleece, a blanketed lambswool. You get a quarter pound.

Ronnie was one of the twin stowaways aboard our Merino ewe Agnes. She popped out unexpectedly about 30 minutes after her big brother Hokey Pokey. Agnes, the surprised teenage mother, wasn't immediately into her new lambs, and teeny tiny Ronnie was in pretty weak shape and didn't start nursing for a couple days, so I had to bottle feed her at first. But Agnes came around and Ronnie got the hang of nursing, and was almost as big as her brother within a few weeks. Ronnie is sweet, timid and curious, and is never far from her brother.

Her fleece has a very dark color, and is soft and bouncy and good staple. Her fluffy roving is lofty and easy to spin as-is, no prep required. Merino roving is much lighter and less uniform than the commercial Merino top you might be accustomed to. It spins up quickly with a long draw and makes a beautiful, bouncy homespun. Each ball is labeled with her picture and info.

You can see her before (pictured with her mom & brother) and after shearing, and as a tiny lamb.

At Cupcake Ranch, we don't use dips or chemicals on our wool. Our sheep are pretty much pets, getting lots of attention and care. They graze on prairie grass in the warm months and eat our homegrown hay in the winter. Plus they get a little grain as a treat each night. We use the FAMACHA system to monitor health and minimize the use of dewormers, which helps prevent chemical resistance in parasites, a serious problem in much of the U.S.

RONNETTE WIGGLESWORTH 4oz Cupcake Ranch Chocolate Merino Lambswool Roving