Wool-gathering can be done when sheep have rubbed against fences and lost small amounts of wool.  It is more often used to mean day-dreaming.

Dyed in the wool is an expression describing he character of a person, who is resistant to change.  In textile manufacture dye may be applied at various stages.  The first possible stage is after the wool has been cleaned and before it is spun.  I am not an expert, but I suspect this is the best time to make sure that the dye penetrates and is evenly absorbed.

To go through something with a fine-toothed comb is an expression about examining something thoroughly.  The comb in the metaphor is a nit-comb with narrow teeth close together.  I have heard people talk about a tooth-comb, but most of us brush our teeth!

That’s torn it!  This expression is not as popular as it used to be.  It was used figuratively when something had gone wrong.

Sheepish is a sort of expression on someone’s face, perhaps when they have done something wrong!

Fleeced is a shorn sheep or someone who has been conned out of some money.  A fleece is the wool of a sheep or (nowadays, but not in my childhood) a polyester jacket).

An old joke –

What do you get when you cross a sheep with a kangaroo?

A woolly jumper.

How were the jokes in your crackers this year?

If you like knitting I have some posts on my other blog about a sheep and some garments I have made.  Yes, I made a sheep!

It is the day after Christmas, but not to late to consider the first people to hear the good news about the Christ-child.

Luke 2:8-20 tells the story of the shepherds and angels.  The link is provided in case you do not have a Bible to hand.

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