But this year, when I heard they’d be shearing Pete, the Jacob ram, I was ready to cheat on Jake. (I’d already bought Janice’s fleece, and Jake’s had gone to another spinner in my guild) It’s not just because Pete has 3—of his original 4—horns, while Jake has only 2 little horns, like Janice. (Yes, girl Jacob sheep have horns too!) I got to photograph Pete before, during and after the shearing—and I got to help shear him, when I accepted the call for volunteers. Hand clippers, like giant Japanese grass shears. You hold the blades!
Here’s Pete, his fleece is now scoured (washed) and dyed. It spins great.