Posts tagged ‘sheep’

Meet Skye!

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Skye is a sweet handsome golden retreiver/white shepherd boy, and he just moved out here to the boonies to live with us on Thursday night.

He’s been pretty busy the last few days, checking the perimeter-

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frolicking with Sadie-

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meeting the sheep-

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and checking out the best comfy spots in the house-

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He’s still pretty excited about the sheep and chickens, but I think that will subside once they are not such a novelty.

And speaking of sheeps, we have begun to extending the entrance to the sheep shed-

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the hope is that a smaller, lighter gate out a little further will make it easier to catch the little buggers inside.

I sure hope it works,
‘Cause the sheeps are wise to all my other tricks!

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(that’s Edgar’s wise look)

August 11, 2013 at 7:54 pm 3 comments

Groundhog, Schmoundhog

Feb 2 came and went.
Punxsutawney Phil prognosticated that we’re going to have 6 more weeks of winter.
But in my experience, the weather guessers (people and rodents) are fairly unreliable, so I’m keeping a good thought for a nice mild remainder of the winter and a timely transition to spring.
Can’t hardly believe it’s February already.
Before you know it we’ll be pruning the fruit trees, and shearing the sheep again!

It was a beautiful weekend here, and I was glad to get some “hangin’ with the sheeps” time in

The boys were just chillin’ in the pasture

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and I thought I’d maybe get a little fleece preview, but noone would let me get a good fleece picture.

But in summary-
Edgar and Griff look fabulous, a little lighter than last year, beautiful golden brown/taupe, both fleeces seem to be in really good shape, Griff is very crimpy, Edgar more wavy and silky.
Chone, a little shorter than I expected by now, but probably about 3 to 3.5 inches overall. some white fibers throughout. Starting to get a little matted in places where he scratches himself against the fence.
Frank and Felix- the fleeces are lookin pretty rough right now. Frank has managed to get a whole section of his back covered in some sort of green mossy stuff, and they both look very matted and bedraggled.
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Would like to get in there and clean them up a little, but they aren’t guys who volunteer for a trip to the beauty shop, so I’ll just wait until next month hope it looks more promising under the surface.

Griff says, “It’s all about the fleece, baby”.
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In sweater news, I was very excited about getting the sleeves and body joined up this weekend and getting to work on the yoke.
But then in handling the pieces I detected a slight inconsistency in weight between the two sleeves. Turns out the yarn I used in the second half of sleeve #1 is a little bit heavier than the rest.
The measurements are still pretty much right on. But it was bugging me, so I ripped it out.

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So I’ve gotta go back and do another half of a sleeve. Not a big deal, but a little bit of a setback. I’ll reuse the slightly thicker yarn in the yoke where it won’t cause an imbalance.
Still think I can get it done by the end of the month. 😉

February 5, 2012 at 8:34 pm Leave a comment

Out with the Old, In with the New!

First, the sheeps helped me close out the old year, by recycling the christmas tree

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They like evergreens, and it makes their breath all fresh and piney 🙂

Then in order to get the new year off on the right foot, I brought out the other herd, my spinning wheels, for a cleaning and oiling.

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Don’t they look swell, all shined up and ready for 2012’s challenges?

I also dug out the partial distaff that I got with Sophie (on the right), and found a branch out in the yard that might serve as the basket-type part on top. I’m going to work on drafting from the distaff and see if I can get the hang of it.

And lastly, I got a start on my next sweater project- the Chone/Spike Cobblestone

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Still have 3 or 4 more skeins to go for this one, so I’ll be working at it from both ends for a bit-

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Goal completion date: end of Feb.

January 2, 2012 at 6:13 pm 3 comments

Hot sheep in the city

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Here in Miami, among the lush tropical vegetation, graze these suffolk-ish sculptures

Neat, eh?

April 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm 6 comments

Three Bags Full

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-

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(And Edgar making sure that Griff doesn’t get all the attention.)

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Freshly shorn, with the next volunteers waiting in the shed behind

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Short video of Felix’s haircut in progress:

And all the boys in their birthday suits:

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That wasn’t so bad, right guys?

Here are some samples from the harvest:

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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.

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I’m mighty anxious to take this for a test spin,, but there are just not enough hours in the weekend.

March 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm 8 comments


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Who? Denise

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