Thursday, August 09, 2007

Brava's turn in the spotlight

You didn't expect me to neglect the new girl, did you? While not the practically perfect little Shetland from head to tail that Braveheart is, I still think Brava is beautiful. And she's settling down nicely, which is so gratifying. It would REALLY thrill me if she turns out to be a poll carrier!

Here is Brava's fleece at shoulder, mid-side, flank, and topline.Brava's fleece shows some of that luster I am so fond of. I also like the variations of color, most obvious on her neck and shoulders. At first touch it feels softer than Braveheart's, but when I reach inside they feel about the same. I'm thinking that the initial difference in "hand" may be due to their different staple types. Brava's is longer and "tippier," Braveheart's is shorter and blockier.

That's it for now at . . .

6 comments:

Kathy L. said...

She's a cutie! I know for sure that the real test of a fleece is after it's spun and washed up - then you get the real feel of it. I have had fleeces that feel stiff on the sheep only to become soft and beautiful as a finished yarn.

Will you coat these new sheep this year?

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

I may coat Brava when she grows into the size C Rocky Suit I have, but I'm not buying smaller coats for them. They are already so full of junk that I'm not sure coating them at this point would do much good. I will definitely coat them after shearing next spring, to start them out clean!

Tina T-P said...

Michelle - she has such a pretty face - and her wool is lovely - what nice crimp. You must be very pleased. T.

shepherdchik said...

That is a great color! You are going to have a really nice variety of fleece shades when you shear next time.

Sharon said...

I'm starting to think of Shetlands as the full service fleece sheep. I love the luster. I love the crimp. I love the ones who have double coats.

Lauren said...

I think she has a lovely face and see nothing imperfect about her at all! She has the look of love.