The fleece pictured below came from Sextant...one of the lambs I sent to the processor in October. It is a 6 month old lamb fleece...with a 1.5-2.5 inch staple. Deliciously fine and very crimpy.
I decided to card the darkest locks up first. Sextant was a dark katmoget...all his underbelly black had been skirted away. The only true "black" locks in these batts came from the bit of stripe under his neck. The rest of the dark came from his regular fleece. Below are the batts after the first run through the drum carder.
For the second pass through the carder I divided each batt into 2 or 3 sections and carded them separately. The lighting for this photo is completely different...but you can still see there is a very distinct gradient. I love how much variety a black katmoget fleece can give. And I especially love the blue color!
I am dissatisfied with all the noils in these lamb fleeces I've been carding up recently. The lambs were coated, and the very tippy-tip of the locks seems to be the source of the noils. I don't expect it to matter much since this wool is intended for felting. But if the locks had been longer and intended for spinning, I believe combing each lock would have been a better way to process the fleece.