In other random news, I have reserved my first fleece! Its for the 2007 shearing so I'm not getting it any time soon, but the sheep (ram actually) is growing it right now - grow, baby, grow!) I had purchased a bunch of Finn roving from Kary that came from a sheep named Emmi from Firefly Fields Finnsheep. I haven't spun it yet but its absolutely gorgeous stuff. I have been wanting to do something for Mickael and being male, I knew he would appreciate a dark gray or black something. (I'm leaning towards a sweater something but I'm not sure if I have the intestinal fortitude to do one this big - he's 6'3" and wears a size 52 suit. You haven't seen gorilla arms until you've seen his arms.) So I looked at her colored sheep. I finally narrowed it down to Bo or Usko. Both are black rams. Despite the fact that Usko can apparently fly (scroll down to the bottom picture on his page if you don't believe me), I decided to reserve Bo's fleece because Bo Duke was my very first crush ever! All of the really knowledgeable spinners who have written books on how to pick a fleece will tell you to look at the crimp, the strength of the individual locks, the amount of VM, the amount of grease and other really important things. None of them really address picking a sheep's fleece because he has the same name as your first crush. I could rewrite fleece picking guidelines for spinner's everywhere! Well, anyway (yes, there's more to this story) Tracy - the sheep's human mommy - emailed me and apparently, due to the fact that they had a chocolate colored male lamb born this year (chocolate lamb's are huge for Finn sheep in the US) and because she has limited space for wintering rams (sheep are like teenagers on a church retreat - must keep boys and girls separate), she is going to sell Bo so I will probably be getting Usko's fleece after all. Have a great weekend, and if you have any other helpful fleece picking tips that the experts might have missed, feel free to leave them in the comments!