I am not sure what the others did with the wool, but Woolaine Mohair from Quebec, made a lovely bag. She cleaned the Karakul fleece, carded it, combed it and removed the hay from it after it was thoroughly washed. Then she spun it with Merino wool and knit a huge bag, which was then felted down to a manageable size. The bag, being knit and felted, would be extremely durable and strong, and Karakul wool would add to the strength of it because of its coarseness. The wool of the Karakul sheep is actually fairly coarse and almost more goat like, but it is wool. It is used extensively for carpet and rug making in the middle east because of its strength. I am not sure if Woolaine Mohair dyed the wool, but I am thinking so. Merino wool is primarily white and the Karakul she used was also white, but the bag is a beautiful dark chocolate colour.
It will be another washout year for fleece for the Fat Ewe Farm. The hay nets were supposed to keep the vegetative matter from the wool, but they do not. The sheep eat through the net and pull the hay out dropping it on the sheep beside them and they still get quite covered in bits of hay. I feel the only way to keep the sheep wool clean will be to coat the sheep. I have a freind who is coating her wool sheep this year and she had coats made locally. I would be interested in knowing the cost of them and whether or not the person would be willing to make some for my wool sheep too. I want to design a coat that is different than some coats and does not need constant changing as the wool grows due to some cords that can be lengthened to release the coat somewhat. I will work on that.
Thank you Lucy from Woolaine Mohair for sharing your photo of the bag made with wool from the Fat Ewe Farm! I hope I can provide some better quality wool in the future. Here is wishing!