Fleece, Feeders and Feathered Friends

August 29, 2010 at 7:59 pm 4 comments

So, first off- the fleece!

Finally was able to clip a couple little samples of fleece from my woolly friends (a little treat to distract them helps a lot!)
Fleece samples 8-10

You can’t really make out the markings on the ruler (at left), but it’s total length is 5 inches.

At this point, Franklin and Felix are just under 5 months old, and Chone, Edgar and Griff are about a month behind them.

Took these photos while I was out hanging with the boys today.

Edgar
Sweet "Egger"

Chone
Silly Chone

Franklin
Handsome Frank

I have to say, it is about the coolest thing in the world to have these woolly buggers out in the pasture. Just love the guys.

On the de-stashing front , I finished up spinning Huey this week! Here are my results (minus a skein and and FO that have already found other homes)

Hat and cowl
Huey Projects2

Four more chunky-weight skeins to play with!
IMG_2562 (Medium)

Huey was a fun spin-
Next on the de-stash agenda is white Romney.
This is the same bargain Romney that I experimented on last summer with the cold water wash.
After the first bath, it sat in a bin for a good long time. Wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it.
While is was quite clean, it still had a lot of lanolin in it, and after a time, it got really waxy feeling.
So, I had to give it another bath- this time in nice hot water.

IMG_2402 (Medium)

But look at this washwater! It is just milky white. Not a trace of crud anywhere.
IMG_2403 (Medium)

Amazing.
So, I have to say, the cold water soak really does get the dirt and crud out. Just not the lanolin.

Here it is all re-washed and sorted
Cold Washed Romney

I may just flick card as I go, or I may get out the combs at some point and really hit it hard.
We’ll see how it goes-

Destashing Romney

In other news, this weekend the boys got fancy, short-sheep-sized feeder (because they went on sale at our local farm store)- here they are trying it out:
Boys at the new feeder

It’s a major up grade from the piece of fencing stapled to the wall of their shed that had been holding their hay!

And here are the feathered friends:
Greek Chorus

Silly chickens sit right by the front door and squawk at me for collecting their eggs.

Rosie

Poor Rosie. She does look distraught.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Michelle  |  August 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Nice feeder! Hilarious hens!

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  • 2. schoonoverfarm  |  August 29, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    You are obviously thrilled with your new critters. It looks like you are going to have a lot of wool to play with.

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  • 3. Nancy  |  August 31, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    FUNNY! I love the chickens.

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  • 4. Jody  |  September 3, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Hi Denise…thanks for commenting on my blog. I am OK…still in shock over my girls death but life goes on doesn’t it.
    I will post when the two new Gotland rams arrive….hopefully next week 🙂

    Reply

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Who? Denise

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