Sorting - Sorting takes place at the time of shearing by a designated 'Fleece Handler' who is in charge of bagging and labeling fleece. Shearing can be a frenzied activity and it is imperative not to interfere with the shearer. The Fleece Handler should speak with the shearer in advance in order to devise a plan for working together as a team. On each bag, the Fleece Handler should make note of which part of the animal the fiber is shorn from, the staple length, and the animal's name. Fiber lengths should be kept as uniform as possible with no more than a 1-1.5" varience per bag. The blanket is the most important part of the fleece as it is usually the most valued fiber for making yarn. For standard yarn, ideal staples need to be no shorter than 2.5" and no longer than 6.5". Fibers shorter than 2.5" may be suitable for felt sheets or rug yarn, and fibers longer than 6.5" can be made into either Lopi or our Knotty'n'Nice yarn. Legacy Lane does not have the capabilities to process fiber over 8" in length.
**NEVER PLACE BOUNCE/DRYER SHEETS IN THE BAGS WITH YOUR FIBER** Dryer sheets leave a residue on your fiber that cannot be washed off, making it so that it can not be processed by us. We never like to reject fiber but will be required to if there is a presence of them.
Skirting Suggestions For Success:
Bags for fleece should be clear plastic.
Poke holes in the bags so fleece can breathe.
Use a permanent marker to label bags with animal's name, staple length, and the section of fleece enclosed.
A log book or inventory sheet is a useful tool, this is where information such as staple length, dust and dirt content, pasture conditions, recent stresses, etc. should be recorded. This information is valuable to the mill in helping us produce the highest quality products.
Never place dryer sheets/bounce sheets in the bag with your fiber.
Baby wipes, dust masks, and protective eye wear are useful to have on hand while skirting your fleece.
A one-inch wire mesh table is recommended for sorting and skirting activities. It is easy to make yourself by stretching and securing wire mesh over a wooden frame. The table should be a comfortable height and large enough (4' X 6') to comfortably hold at least three sections of fiber at a time