When all the lanolin and dirt is out of the fleece you can see that it's much lighter in colour. And the browns are also lighter and not a chocolatey in colour. The fleece is a locally sourced Jacob. It's a kind of sheep that has many colours on its coat.
After the washing demo we went up to the Big House and showed the kids (several dozen of them, what were we thinking?) how to card wool. Then we spun up their wee rolags and made miniature skeins for them. I think it was a good program because I exposed the kids to the whole process. It also showed them the role they would have had to play in yesteryear as carding was a job that children did.
The only problem with the day was my costume. Here it is, and yes, let's a pretend that I have such a svelte waistline.