While perhaps not as powerful as the poisonous moth balls, herbs have traditionally been used to help protect wool from damage by fiber moths. There may not be scientific evidence to prove the effectiveness of the herbs, but I guess we just have to trust that our historical forbears knew what they were doing. I've used herbal moth sachets effectively in my own woolen stash for many years. The bonus is the wonderful fragrance the sachet imparts to the wool. Clothes moths are d
We fiber addicts are very concerned about how to prevent moth damage to wool. Most of us have lovingly prepared fiber waiting to spin and irresistible yarn collected in a stash for an upcoming project. We keenly feel anxiety that this valuable wool yarn and fiber is vulnerable to those treacherous clothes moths. But our options for truly protecting our wool have shrunk because of the poisonous nature of the time-honored moth ball. Moth balls are very effective at repelling mo
In honor of my recent birthday, we added 3 purebred registered Finnsheep ewes to our flock. We think they are lovely and look forward to adding these brown genes to future fleeces. By introducing these sheep as a group, they integrated with the rest of the flock readily. They have been strong and healthy, which has been important as they adjust to a new environment and find a place in the social structure of a new flock. These ewes come from breeding lines different from an
Finnsheep have a lightweight, single coated fleece. The wool is typically soft and fairly uniform across the body with a medium to long staple length of between 3 and 6 inches. A representative fleece is normally open with a moderate amount of crimp. There can be a range of wool fineness with individual Finnsheep, but the representative spinning count is in the 50's (24-31 micron count) and the American Wool Council ranks Finnsheep at the fine end of the medium wool category.