Posts tagged ‘shearing’
Just take a little off the front, ok?
It was a beautiful sunny day (might be our last for a while), so I jumped right on getting the partial fleece washed up and dried
I wish he would have stuck around for a more complete haircut, but he seems pretty pleased with the style- and the other guys know better than to poke fun at Edgar. 🙂
And am so pleased with the results!
In the bus-knitting category, the teal/green/chartreuse skein skein got the nod.
It is well on it’s way to being a light and smooshy feather and fan stitch cowl.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Or maybe lime squeezy?
I think that Chone has forgiven me.
The silly bugger was really good for most of the haircut, but then out of nowhere he just kind of flipped out on me and he refused to let me finish. So now he’s got a really silly lookin’ fluffy butt.
Here’s his album cover shot. He likes this one because you can’t see how silly his rear end looks.
Thought this was a cool shot of Edgar’s one-month grown out fleece. Starting to get a little curl back on the tips.
Looks so cute and sporty.
Yeah, I got all short and sporty this week, too. Probably not showing off to best effect here, but you get the idea.
Sadie got all brave and ventured into the pasture with us this morning. Here are she and Edgar negotiating her visitor privileges.
Thought this was a nice shot of the rivals playing nice and getting pets.
On the other side of the fence:
“Wow, did I just lay that?”
and “Hey, are you going to be done anytime soon?”
“Can’t wait any longer. Sorry!”
It’s Egger (Edgar) 🙂
It all started because I was trimming some wool around his neck that was really matted.
Then I started looking at the rest of his fleece, and it occurred to me that it was already almost as long as it was back in March. And I figured, if I sheared him now, he’ll certainly have regrown enough by late Fall to be comfortable when the weather turns cold.
So I went for it.
I don’t know if he was looking for some quality time with his maaaaa, or if he just likes bein’ nekkid, but the boy was really relaxed and cooperative.
It happened kind of spur-of-the-moment, and I didn’t have anything handy to put the fleece in, so I piled it up on top of a wheelbarrow on the other side of the shed as I went along. Think I managed to keep most of the straw bedding out of it.
The other guys were a little surprised to see the shears out again so soon, and are wondering if they’ll be next-
I’m not sure if I’ll do anyone else. Maybe Egger will be my one experimental Fall guy.
We’ll just see how it goes.
In other news, I’ve recently gotten inspired to weave.
This hasn’t happened since back in 2008 (man, how time flies!)
I think it was the rug/import shop in Langley that did it.
I just love kilims.
So I think I’m going to try and learn how to do tapestry weaving.
I’ve gotten my frame loom back out
And I’m going to start playing around.
Maybe I’ll have something to share by next week.
Wish me luck!
Finished up the last three guys this weekend!
It all went pretty smoothly,, but my back and legs are really shot.
Here is Griff making his wool donation-
(And Edgar making sure that Griff doesn’t get all the attention.)
Freshly shorn, with the next volunteers waiting in the shed behind
Short video of Felix’s haircut in progress:
And all the boys in their birthday suits:
That wasn’t so bad, right guys?
Here are some samples from the harvest:
Clockwise from bottom left: Griff, Chone, Edgar, Felix/Frank (they are pretty much the same, and got jumbled together)
Neat, eh? I was thinking that Griff and Edgar were pretty much the same color, but it turns out that underneath, Griff is a much more walnuty-smokey brown, where Edgar is a more reddish tone. Griffs is also a bit shorter and crimpier, where Edgar’s is more wavy. Hurray for variety!
I combed up a little bit of Felix and Chone this afternoon.
I’m mighty anxious to take this for a test spin,, but there are just not enough hours in the weekend.
So, finally here are some post-haircut photos of Edgar:
He seems so happy with his new ‘do, and he’s been super friendly since our bonding experience last weekend.
So, I thought I’d try Chone next.
He’s a friendly little guy, but has less of an attention span Edgar, so I had to take it in stages.
Here he is in the ballerina stage:
I finally got the rest off of him today, and now he is naked and lumpy like Edgar.
Also got a start on Felix. Just the neck and chest so far. But it looks like he’ll be a good cooperator.
I have to say, I’m really glad I decided to shear the guys myself.
Would have been a lot faster to have someone come out, and the fleeces would probably be a lot better (not in hunks and chunks), but I am really enjoying harvesting all this wonderful wool from the boys. It’s been a good experience so far-
Here are some samples of the goods they guys have donated:
That’s Felix on the left and Chone on the right.
Both about 5.5-6″. Chone’s fleece has quite a bit of veg in it,, but I was expecting that, and plan to comb it.
I’ve gotten most of Edgar’s fleece washed up already- here it is fresh off the drum carder-
And all swatched up-
Wally has suggested that I use the fleece knit him an “Edgar suit”, so he could go undercover.
But I think his ears would give him away.
It’s been a good weekend.
Always helps when you have a couple extra days.
I really should do that more often.
Thursday I went over to Schoonover Farm to help with their shearing.
I always jump at the chance to help with something like this, because it’s a great opportunity to learn (and earn a really nice fleece!)
This year I chose Spike.
Here he is being shorn:
And the first yarn:
Mmmm mmmmm good.
Good show, Spike!
Saturday, we did our sheep maintenance routine- hooves, deworming, and administering the CoSeCure boluses for the first time.
It was a bit hairy, getting the boluses down them, until we developed a technique,, but they all got done. And it doesn’t look like anyone has spit them up, so I think we’re good!
This afternoon was really beautiful, so I was going to go out and get some fleece photos, but the boys wouldn’t cooperate.
So, I decided I would take samples instead.
Went back to the house to get the nice new little shears that got just recently.
Thought I would just get a couple snips worth, as a preview.
But when I got out there, Edgar just walked right up and said “Take it off. Take it all off”
And so I did.
First he just stood there while I was clipping.
Then he sat down.
And I just kept on clipping.
At some point, the other guys got curious and came around to see what was going on.
I had Frank climbingup on my back, and Chone nibbling on my ear.
But it was fun. Edgar was so relaxed, and I just kept chatting him up, telling him how sporty he was gonna look in his new ‘do.
Probably took an hour or more.
I just took it slow and made sure not to get too close to any skin.
He’s still got a half inch to an inch of wool on him everywhere, so I don’t think he’ll get too chilly.
Seems mighty relieved to be rid of the heavy coat, actually.
And I’m glad to take it from him.
Edgar’s a bit lumpy lookin’ and the fleece is a bit jumbled,, but I think we’re both pretty psyched about how it went.
Who’s next? Perhaps on we of the big boys?