2018 Delaware Blue Fleeces

The 2018 clip is in! If you are here, you have been invited to view and select one of these unusual handspinning fleeces.

The Delaware Blue is an experimental breed with a base of delaine merino, cheviot, Shetland, and Border leicester. The flock is registered with the Natural Colored Wool Growers Association. Fleeces typically have a 4-5 inch lock, soft, and easy to spin. Lambs are born black and turn the desired gunmetal blue-grey when they are 2 to 3 years old. As the sheep age, the fleece color silvers and produces some lovely varigated shades.

READ THE NOTE: Fleeces are all uncovered and contain a varying amount of vegetable matter including sometimes burrs. Some contain short cuts; the shearer clipped 85 sheep this day and I watched her get tired towards the end so, some short cuts. I have skirted twice: Once for manure, and once for skirting.

Some of the fleeces have VM down the neck and backbone and I have noted these. People keep telling me they are not afraid of VM, so I did leave some in. All fleeces are sunburned with blond tips; if they are dry, this is noted although not many of them are too dry.

Fleeces tend to photograph somewhat lighter than they actually are! If you are looking for that elusive blue, I have noted where a fleece is more blue than anything or that it has good color. There are several charcoal-to-blue or charcoal-to-silver fleeces this year. Please ask if you are not sure as I recognize that everyone’s monitor is different!

Fleeces have a fairly high grease content. Not as high as a merino, but they do have merino bloodlines and this shows in the grease.

Base price is $10 per pound, although in many instances, discounts have been applied to account for VM and overall quality.

Buyer pays shipping which will be from either the 07762 zip or from 08525.

I have done my best to describe the color, texture, and characteristics of each fleece. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions if you have them!

On to the fleeces!

PENDING FOR MARSHA. 4.5 pounds. 3 and 1/2″ to 5″ lock. Nice, pretty, silvery plush fleece with some britching.Tight locks with frilly ends. Fair amount of VM, dirt, and grease down the backbone. Nice luster, though! Some work involved for this one, but nice wool! $35.

PENDING – Bonnie #4B. 3.5 pounds. 3 1/2″ to 4 1/2″ lock. Really soft! Lovely color. Fair amount of VM; I skirted out a lot that was matted. Nice crimp to the locks. $25.

#4E. 4 and 1/2 pounds. 5″ lock. Nice, soft, long locks. Pretty, crimpy fleece. I skirted out a lot of matting and there is VM down the back. But the wool was too nice to bin, so after some heavy skirting, I am offering the rest. $35.

#4F. 3 pounds. 3″ lock. Lamb, dark, and fairly soft with tiny crimps. Very plush. Some VM. $30.

#4G. 3 pounds. 3″ lock. Loose, soft, cute little plush fleece. Very good color. Not terrible for VM. $30.

#4H. 4 and 1/2 pounds, 4″ to 6″ lock. Big, loose-locked, soft fleece with a fair amount of VM and some burrs. Some britching. Silver to charcoal varigated coloring. $40.

PENDING/GM #4I. 5 pounds. 4″ to 6″ lock. Thick, plush fleece with good varigated color of silver to charcoal. Lots of VM down the back and some britching. This is an older ewe and while not lamb-soft, is very soft. $45.

PENDING – Bonnie #4J. 4 and 1/2 pounds. 3″ to 4″. Loose-locked, thick fleece, nice and soft with good color. Some VM and some matting due to heavy humidity; these are easily pulled apart after washing but I want to note them here. The locks are not felted, just stuck together with grease and dust from summer heat. Otherwise, this is really nice wool. $35.

#4K. 4 pounds. 3″ to 4″ lock. Big, shaggy fleece, nice wool, soft with good color.Some VM and britching. $40.

#4L. 3.5 pounds. 4″ to 4 and 1/2″ lock. Very soft, shaggy, loose-locked fleece. Good color with some youthful black still around the edges. Some VM and some britching but a nice fleece. $35.

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