Wool is the textile fiber obtained from sheep. It has several qualities that distinguish it from hair or fur: it is crimped, it is elastic, and it grows in staples (clusters).

A year’s worth of wool growth (sometimes less) which has been carefully cut off the sheep using hand or electric shears. Rainey Creek sheep are shorn once a year.

Raw wool that has been washed and carded (a combing-like process) and is now ready for spinning into yarn for knitting, crocheting, weaving or other crafts.