Just washed up over 3 pounds of lovely yearling mohair. A pale silver gray and a white. Both Yearling fleece. My favorite type of mohair fleece.
Sometimes…well most times, I think a “yearling” fleece is much preferable to a “kid” fleece. Too many times a kid fleece is too soft and too fine a curl. It becomes a VM magnet, static filled and frizzy if you try to flick or card it. Which destroys the locks for lockspinning.
A good yearling fleece is just a touch bit more crisp lock structure and a little fatter of a lock. That combination still perserves the softness but has a better lock structure and repels the VM more.
Nothing irritates me more than paying premium prices for a kid fleece that has VM in it. I want to fluff my locks by hand and spin. I do not want to spend time messing about with combs or flick carders. I don’t want the extra steps OR the bloody fingers.
Next time you are in the market for mohair locks that you want to spin, ask your breeder for a yearling fleece. It is the best of both worlds.