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Oliver joined the farm (and our family) in 2015. In fact, he was our very first sheep. He was a bottle baby when he came to us, after being rejected by his mother. All of the sheep in our spinner's flock are from Michigan farms and Oliver comes from the Mitten State Sheep & Wool farm in Coldwater, MI. Now that Oliver is older, he likes to throw his weight around and be a bit of a bully at times, but he's always the first one to come greet visitors with a friendly hello. His Tunis breed is a Conservation Breed, as designated by the Livestock Conservancy, so we're honored to give him a happy home and help his breed proliferate. His wool is considered a "down breed" and it's super springy and felt resistent. Both of these qualities make tunis wool ideal for socks.
Because Tunis wool is a down breed, it's super springy, almost spongy and resists felting. For these reasons, it's a good beginner fiber, when learning to handspin. Lamb fleeces are a warm cream color and lighten to a warm white as the sheep ages. Although Tunis sheep can be sheared twice a year, we shear Oliver yearly as I prefer working with longer locks. His locks grow 6" in length when sheared yearly. His wool is hard-wearing and durable, often tolerating machine washing without felting. When spun into yarn, using a woolen spun technique, the wool has beautiful loft and bounce. Tunis wool takes dye very well and gives bright, rich colors.