Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
My sister Katie took the pictures, helped bag and brought me a delectable piece of cranberry nut bread to help calm my nerves. A couple people from the fiber crafters group also came out to watch/help/get orders barked at them...it was truly a blessing to have such competent helpers during this stressful time.
We started with Fantasia, I love her fleece and she has such a nice agreeable nature, figured she would be the best place to start.
Here is the before shot. They know something is going on. And they want to be fed. Look at violet right in the middle with the badger face. Her expression is just begging for a funny caption.
What Will would look like as a ghost. "Come into the light"
Rich's stressed out inner turmoil stance. Me barking orders to Will.
This is me sending mental messages to the shearer. "Don't cut her. Slow down. No second cuts."
We had two staged at all times so the shearer could just keep on clipping. Another reason to have really well halter broke animals.
This is Queen Anne's Lace, our only white ewe. I have a few fun dye projects planned for her lovely wool.
Man it was nice to have help. Cindy came to watch and was put to work...
Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
This makes me long for June and fresh strawberries!
The free form egg. Easter is just around the corner!
Sisters working quietly, elder made a gorgeous tulip, younger made a cute owl!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
We’ve always liked QAL. We almost sold her as a lamb, and again as a yearling. She also has a very nice conformation. Her fleece feels very soft even though it doesn’t have a fine micron reading. We’ve liked the garments that Jen has made from it. It feels pretty soft on the skin. QAL is bred to Leyland this year (we hope). I’ve been told that a few of our more primitive ewes might be tough to improve in the fleece fineness department, so this will be interesting if she has lambs this year. She isn’t a spectacular ewe in any one area, but she is very good in all areas. She also has that delicate facial structure that we like, which I expect is the reason we haven’t sold her. Her first lamb was a pretty fawn ewe, so we’ll have to see what she does this year. Last year, she had two white ewes. I wouldn’t hate a nice fine, white ewe lamb out of her, but I’m not sure how likely that is. She also carries spots and may be spotted underneath that white coat.