|Olive, before shearing starts|
Therefore, the easiest thing for me to do is to shear them myself. This year, I'm late, mostly because of the cool, rainy weather, and I've just finished. I'd probably do a better job of it if I bought proper equipment and took lessons, but I can't be bothered. I just head out on a nice day with my best sewing scissors, catch a sheep, tie her to a post surrounded by clean grass, and start snipping.
|"Sculpting" Olive, halfway finished|
A couple of days later, I shear the next one. After a week or so, I have three bags full, and I can send them to the mill for spinning into a winter's knitting.
|Olive, after shearing (but still needing a bit of trimming on the belly)|