Harvesting Wool in pictures, by Lydia Hill
Later on this evening we shall enjoy a very encouraging piece from Lydia Hill of Shearer Girl Yarns designed especially to empower anyone currently considering the possibility of learning to shear sheep. For those of you who have not read Lydia’s articles in Yarnmaker magazine, or who are not subscribed to her blog, we are delighted to introduce you! Lydia has kindly supplied WOVEMBER with a photo essay, showing some of the milestones so far that mark her journey learning to shear sheep. These pictures detail some of the experiences that have given Lydia the knowledge to write tonight’s post and tell a lovely story of learning, labour, and WOOL.
One of those rare moments when all is going well.
I started shearing in 2009 but sadly there is no photographic evidence from that time. This is one of my earliest shearing photos.
My first sheep of 2011. I managed not to fall over.
Learning why you should not let go.
My first attempt at shearing a Southdown. A shearer’s nightmare because of the facial wool and leg warmers. She has a right to look reproachful.
Two years after my first shearing course I finally achieve the Blue Seal Shearing Certificate. It’s only a basic level qualification but I’m as happy as the day I graduated.
June 2011 continued…
My own stand. A stand is a shearer’s work zone, it’s rather like having a chair in a hairdressing salon.
Job satisfaction. A shorn sheep charges back to the flock.
The shorn sheep are happy. The wool sacks are filling up. The view is magnificent. A perfect day. I set a personal best shearing 12 sheep, some of which were Southdowns.
Phew! Finished my first ram. He was a perfect gentleman.
Learning to shear Angora goats. Like shearing a jelly.
My first experience of shearing in public at the South of England Show. Absolutely terrifying.
Learning to shear lambs. It’s a long way down and they are very wriggly. Like trying to shear gerbils. Or ferrets.
Thank you for these wonderful pictures, Lydia! All photos and content © Lydia Hill and used with her kind permission. Lydia Hill runs Shearer Girl Yarns. Her blog is Tales From the Sheep Shed. She can be found on Ravelry as shearersgirl and on Twitter as @romneyteg.