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This year’s sale
We normally save our very best fleeces each year to sell at local fiber festivals, such as the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival (MSWF) and the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival. Our fleeces have been selling out at MSWF for the last several years, suggesting they find favor with fiber artists. Because the global pandemic is forcing cancellation of many such venues, this year we are offering our fleeces on our website. Below you will find links to photos of individual fleeces we have available. We will be updating their availability status regularly during the first weekend in May, when MSWF would normally be held.
Paying It Forward
In recognition of the economic hardship many are suffering because of Covid-19, we are holding to the same prices we charged last year at MSWF, even though our production costs have increased substantially owing to the drought we suffered last fall. We will also donate 10% of the purchase price of any fleece sold on May 2 and 3 to the Maryland Sheep Breeder’s Association (which puts on the MSWF) to help defray some of the expenses it incurred when the MSWF was cancelled. If you opt to pay more than our stated purchase price, that extra money will also be donated to the Maryland Sheep Breeder’s Association. (Disclosure: I serve on their Board).
Lucky Lane Farm Perendale Fleeces
Please note that our sheep are not coated. Nevertheless, you will find most of them relatively (though never 100% entirely) free of VM, as we feed hay in tubs on the ground. Although this is more expensive (hay is likelier to get trampled), we find that it provides a cleaner fleece than feeding in conventional hay feeders, which encourage sheep to pull hay down onto each other. What VM exists is mostly grass (not alfalfa) hay and should comb out quite easily.
All fleeces were professionally shorn by Emily Chamelin on January 29, 2020, prior to lambing. They were given a preliminary skirting at shearing by a fiber artist, handspinner, and sheep producer and tested for soundness. We gave them a second skirting and tested them a second time for soundness in preparing them for sale.
Click on the link for each fleece ID to see several larger photos of each fleece. Note we only sell whole fleeces.
We skirt out any cotted regions, regions where the fleece is shorter than 3″ (including any “second cuts” we find), “britchy” regions, and regions with excessive VM or mud. (Any poop was skirted out at shearing). We test any parts that appear to have cotted tips; if we can easily separate tips with our fingers, and the majority of the staple does not appear cotted, we do not skirt these portions out.
Lamb Fleeces Available:
Note: most (although not all) of our lamb fleeces represent the first shearing. You may, therefore, encounter “lamb tips”. These may require minor “flicking”.
April (Yellow 1902). SOLD. 99% pure Perendale yearling ewe lamb (white), fleece from first shearing. Staple length 5-6″ unstretched, fleece weight 4.0 lb (to nearest 0.25 lb). Asking $16/lb = $64 total.
Ginny (Yellow 1901). SOLD. 97% pure Perendale yearling ewe lamb (white), fleece from first shearing. Less distinct crimp than many fleeces, but especially soft. Staple length 5-6″ unstretched, fleece weight 5.2 lb (to nearest 0.25 lb). Asking $16/lb = $83 total.
Lily (Yellow 1916), SOLD. 100% pure Perendale yearling ewe lamb (white), fleece from first shearing. Especially distinct crimp; a bit more VM than average, but less mud on tips. Staple length 5″ unstretched, fleece weight 3.6 lb (to nearest 0.25 lb). Asking $16/lb = $57 total. As packaged: wt. 4 lb 0 oz, length 12″, width, 11″ , height 8″, girth 33″. Would fit in large USPS flat-rate box for $18.30; the rate we secured to MA was $7.80 USPS Priority Mail (2 day).
Minerva (Yellow 1908). SOLD. 100% pure Perendale yearling ewe lamb (white), fleece from first shearing. Especially distinct crimp, consistent througout; a bit more VM than average, mostly near neck. Staple length 5.5″ unstretched, fleece weight 3.2 lb (to nearest 0.25 lb). Asking $16/lb = $51 total. As packaged: wt. 3 lb 6 oz, length 13″, height 7″, width 11″, girth 34″. Would fit in large USPS flat-rate box for $18.30; the rate we secured to ME was $8.02 USPS Priority Mail (2 day).
James (Yellow 1906). SOLD. 100% pure Perendale yearling ram lamb (white). James was shorn as a baby to avoid the stress of our hot summers, so this represents 7 months of growth. We opted to keep James (our favorite ram lamb from last spring) in our flock for as a daddy of future lambs; we were thrilled at how lovely his fleece is. Staple length 3-4″ unstretched, and is especially soft (taking after James’ mother). Crimp is more uniform than is apparent in the photos of the locks. Fleece weight 2.4 lb (to nearest 0.25 lb). Asking $16/lb = $38 total.
Ron (Pink 1901). 88% pure Perendale yearling wether lamb (white). Ron was shorn as a baby to avoid the stress of our hot summers, so this represents 7 months of growth. Fleece has a staple length of 3.5″ unstretched, with a nice crimp, and is quite soft. Ron’s fleece has a micron count of 33.2 microns, putting it at the “fine” end for longwool breeds. Fleece weight 3.4 lb (to nearest 0.25 lb). Asking $16/lb = $54 total.
NC lamb fleeces shown below are listed in order of darkest to lightest.
Bellatrix (Pink 1908). SOLD. 100% pure Perendale yearling ewe lamb (NC), fleece from first shearing. Darkest of all our yearling ewe fleeces, with a somewhat shorter staple than average. Some VM. Quite soft. Staple length 3.75-4″ unstretched, fleece weight 5.2 lb (to nearest 0.25 lb). Asking $16/lb = $83 total.
Myrtle (Yellow 1913). SOLD. 100% pure Perendale yearling ewe lamb (NC), fleece from first shearing. Second-darkest of all our yearling ewe fleeces. Staple length 4.5-5″ unstretched (shorter near rear of lamb), fleece weight 4.6 lb (to nearest 0.25 lb). Asking $18/lb = $82 total.
Yellow 1917 (Luna). SOLD. 94% pure Perendale yearling ewe lamb (NC), fleece from first shearing. Second-lightest of all our yearling ewe fleeces; darker at the front than at the rear. More VM than most. Staple length 4.5″ unstretched, fleece weight 3.6 lb (to nearest 0.25 lb). Asking $18/lb = $64 total.
Hermione (Yellow 1914). SOLD. 94% pure Perendale yearling ewe lamb (NC). Hermione is the lightest of our NC ewe lambs, having a dark gray fleece that is lighter at cut ends, fading to reddish at tips. This fleece is from her first shearing. Staple length 5″ unstretched, fleece weight 4.0 lb (to nearest 0.25 lb). Asking $18/lb = $72 total.
Adult Fleeces Available:
Note: we have a couple of white adult fleeces (not shown here) from 2-year-old ewes that are not top quality. One was “sticky” (meaning it had a high lanolin content at the base of fleece at shearing, so has more second cuts than normal); a second had a shorter, weak area (that I hope I mostly skirted out of the back, the rest of the fleece being sound and with a finer crimp than average). These are offered “as is”, with no guarantees, at a steep discount. Contact us if you might be interested. BOTH SOLD.
Elfin (Yellow 1803). SOLD. 88% pure Perendale ewe, so-named because she was the tiny girl of triplets. Fleece is very soft, with a staple length of 5″ unstretched (3.5″ along back). Fleece weight is 4.2 lb (to nearest 0.25 lb). Asking $10/lb = $42 total. Check out the link if you want to see a photo of Elfin mothering her newborn lambs.
Zinnia (Yellow 1810). SOLD. 75% pure Perendale, 2-year-old ewe. This was almost my very favorite of all of the white adult ewe fleeces, losing out only to Aster’s fleece. Zinnia’s fleece is very soft, with a staple length of 5-6″ unstretched (3″ along the back). It came apart a bit during unrolling, making it more of a challenge to skirt. It has a lovely crimp, with moderate VM (the worst skirted out) in the neck area. Fleece weight is 4.2 lb (to nearest 0.25 lb). Asking $10/lb = $42 total.
Aster (Yellow 1817). SOLD. 75% pure Perendale, 2-year-old ewe. This ended up being my very favorite of all of the white adult ewe fleeces. Aster’s fleece is meltingly soft, with a quite uniform staple length of 5-6″ unstretched. It holds together quite well. It has a lovely crimp, quite uniform throughout, with very little VM overall (moderate in the neck area, the worst having been skirted out). Fleece weight is 5.6 lb (to nearest 0.25 lb). Asking $10/lb = $56 total.
NC adult fleeces shown below are listed in order of darkest to lightest.
Pink 1801 (Cora). SOLD. 85% Pure Perendale ewe (NC). Cora’s fleece is the darkest of all of our NC ewes, fading from dark gray (medium gray in a few places) to reddish tips. Cora is still petite, being not quite 2 years old, so her fleece is also smaller than those of older ewes. Staple length 4-5″ unstretched, fleece weight 4.4 lb (to nearest 0.25 lb). Asking $12/lb = $52 total.
White 7 (Hagrid). 94% Pure Perendale ram (NC), 3 years old. Hagrid’s fleece is less soft than the ewe fleeces, a touch darker gray than Cocoa’s fleece, substantially lighter than Cora’s. The micron count is 47.1 inches, suggesting that this fleece would be better suited to woven items than for garments worn next to the skin. Staple length mostly 5-6″ unstretched, with a few areas that are darker and shorter (4″). Fleece weight 6.8 lb (to nearest 0.25 lb; ruthlessly skirted). Very little VM. Asking $9/lb = $61 total.
Cocoa (White 12). SOLD. 97% Pure Perendale ewe (NC), 3 years old. Cocoa’s fleece is the second-lightest of all of our NC ewes, fading from medium gray to cream tips, lighter gray toward the rear of the fleece. It’s very soft with very little VM. This may be my favorite of all of the adult NC fleeces in this year’s clip. Staple length mostly 5″ unstretched (6″ in places), fleece weight 6.6 lb (to nearest 0.25 lb). Asking $12/lb = $79 total. As packaged: wt. 7 lb 0 oz, length 12″, height 11″, width 12″, girth 42″. Would not fit ina large USPS flat-rate box for $18.30; the rate we secured to MA was $7.80 USPS Priority Mail (2 day).
White 8 (Heather). SOLD. 94% pure Perendale ewe (NC), 3 years old. Heather’s fleece may be the most interesting in our 2020 clip. It is the lightest of our NC ewe fleeces. It would not make a “show fleece”; its color is nonuniform, varying from a light gray (over most of the fleece) to a medium gray in places, fading to cream tips, with a light yolk staining. This fleece would be stunning overdyed. Soft, with some muddy tips. Staple length 5-6″, fleece weight 7.2 lb (to nearest 0.25 lb). Asking $12/lb = $86 total.
How To Buy Lucky Lane Farm Fleeces:
- Identify a fleece that you would like to purchase that has not been designated as “sold”.
- Contact us with your address (including zip code) so that we can estimate the shipping cost (unless you indicate you’d prefer to pick up from our farm. We are located in northern Baltimore County, minutes off I-83, about half an hour north of Baltimore. Be sure to budget time to watch this spring’s lambs frolicking in their pasture). We will also (time permitting) post weight and dimensions of each fleece as packaged should you wish to estimate shipping yourself via the USPS’s postage calculator. (Be sure to select “Calculate price based on shape and size” on the lower right and note that the origin is in zip 21161; please also note that the result is an approximation). We ship USPS via PirateShip.com, which is typically slightly less expensive than standard USPS rates for all but large flat-rate boxes. Our smaller lamb fleeces (and possibly some of the fleeces from 2-year-old ewes) will fit in a large flat rate (Priority Mail) box. These ship for $18.30, regardless of weight, anywhere within the U. S. If you are distant from Maryland, this might be your better bet for shipping, and it’s the most you would pay. Our larger adult fleeces will NOT fit in a large flat rate box, no way, not even close, and shipping outside of the East Coast area could start to be expensive.
- We will respond as soon as possible with the shipping cost (if needed). Please respond (providing your email address if you have contacted us via FB Messenger) indicating your willingness to proceed. We reserve the right to sell a fleece to someone else if we don’t hear back from you promptly; please understand that we cannot “hold” fleeces.
- We will send you an invoice via PayPal that will include shipping charges. Please pay your invoice within 24 hours of receipt; otherwise, we will consider that you have changed your mind about your purchase and will make it available to the next person who expressed interest. If you wish to make a donation to the Maryland Sheep Breeder’s Association (MSBA), please include it as a “tip” on your invoice; we will ensure that all such tips (in addition to 10% of the purchase price) is donated to the MSBA.
- Once PayPal notifies us that payment has been received, we will update our website to indicate that the fleece has been sold. We will also arrange to have the fleece collected on the first possible business day for mailing by the USPS. We will provide you with a tracking number.
- Fleeces will be placed in clear plastic bags, with air removed using a shop vacuum and compression. The bag of compressed fleece will then be packed tightly in a clean poly feed bag for mailing via USPS (cheapest method available, typically Priority Mail). We find this approach yields lower shipping costs than other approaches (such as large flat-rate USPS boxes, UPS or FedEx). Shipping costs depend on the weight of the fleece, its loftiness, and the distance shipped.
- If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the fleece, we will refund 90% of your purchase price if the fleece is returned to us within 30 days of purchase. The remaining 10% will not be refunded, as it will have already been donated to the Maryland Sheep Breeder’s Association.