One of these amazing traits is that their fleece naturally loosens each spring, making it (fairly) easy for a shepherd to pluck - or "roo" - their wool, no shearing required. That means no risk of nicking my sheep, no second cuts to mar my spinning and no shearer to hire for the job, I can do it myself.
My lovely little Maple didn't seem to mind rooing a bit, she stood still and happy and then pranced around the pasture, happy to be rid of that thick wool coat. Hazel was a bit more reluctant to part with her beautiful wool, but she and I eventually came to terms and now she sports a lovely summer look.
It's an amazing makeover, isn't it? I also love how Shetlands continue to change color over time. These Moorit colored girls are so dark brown near their skin, but the wool lightens to a lovely blonde over time. So pretty!
And now to find the time to spin...