Knitting News: Sheep that Molt

An article from the UK’s website TIMESONLINE reveals the surprising news that because it is no longer economically profitable to market sheep’s wool, Britain’s farmers are now raising Exlana sheep, which molt naturally and require no shearing. Apparently this is ancient history, as sheep did not grow such abundant fleeces until they were domesticated around 6000 years ago. There are breeds today raised in different parts of the world that shed. With the huge resurgence in the popularity of knitting, felting, and other fiber arts, it’s disconcerting to learn that English wool is no longer in demand. Sad….

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