Tag: Felix

Frank and Felix Come Clean

Thanks to the rain on Saturday morning I was able to get a hold of Frank and Felix and start to help them out of their messy, felted winter coats.

Frank was a tough job. Most of his neck and upper back was felted all the way down to the skin. I think that he feels a lot better now that he’s free of it, even though he wasn’t too pleased about me fussing over him for so long. I found it interesting though that his chest and sides were starting to shed on their own- I don’t remember him doing that before. At least it made that part of the job go much more smoothly.

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Felix’s neck was pretty felted too, but was easier to get away from his skin, so it went a little faster.

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Most of the fleece from both boys was not really worth saving, but I was able to salvage some nice chest wool (after trimming away about and inch and a half of felted tips off it all). It was all damp from the rain, so I washed it right away, and was pleasantly surprised at how white it came out (really should have taken a “before” photo)

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Both of them have such beautiful wool. It’s a shame that so much of it ends up unusable. I think I’m going to try the fall shearing again this year and see if that helps.

In other wool news, I finally spun up a skein of my saved up Sadie undercoat blended with Edgar’s 2017 fleece.

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Now I just have to find the right way to use it.

And I also wanted to share a photo of a little post-sweater project I worked up out of my first skein of Bambam Too 2017 (Schoonover Farm)

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Between the rich brown color, soft hand & squooshy crimp I enjoyed every minute of this little cowl!

Frosted Mini Sheeps

(they’re not so “mini” anymore, but I couldn’t resist)

Yep, it’s that time of year again.
Sheeps’ water freezing overnight and all.

But the boys don’t seem to be feeling the chill.

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They were out and about this morning in the crisp sunshine, nice and toasty underneath their frosty fleeces.

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I just love Felix’s freckles.

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Does anyone else think that Edgar kind of looks like he’s going for a Bret Boone surfer-guy thing with the sun-bleached tips?

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Just sayin’.

Shadow is coming along nicely

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So far so good. Hoping to have the knitting done by next post!

And I’ve got about 350 yards of Chone/Spike yarn worked up, so I can get a start on the next sweater project without delay-

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Feels good to have a plan 🙂

Rockin’ in the Pasture

Literally.

Yeah, this week we had a bunch more rock delivered.

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I think it’s pea gravel.

So, today we had the tractor out and were truckin’ gravel around to the edges of the pasture where my sweet sheeps tend to wear down paths and expose the bottom edge of the fence. Gotta keep that fenceline tight!

Re-rocked right around the boys’ shed and playground (rockpile), too. Hopefully that will prevent it from getting muddy once the rains start.

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Also picked the last of the apples off our big King apple tree today-

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It wasn’t a great year for apples here, but we managed to pull in about 7 boxes-
Any that hit the ground got pitched into the pasture, to see if the boys would give them a try.

They are a little slow to try new things, but it appears there has been some nibbling…

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We were scheduled to give the guys a pedicure this weekend, but I couldn’t manage to get any more than three of them in the shed at one time, so we eventually gave up and decided to reschedule.

Frank was being a big scared-y sheep. He had everybody all worked up and suspicious.
This is about as close as I got to the crazy bugger all day long

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I’m so excited about my quinces! They’re not quite ready yet, but maybe in a couple of weeks-

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Did you know grow straight out of the ends of the tree branches?

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Neat, eh?

Sweater progress continues apace,

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And I even managed to get some spinning done this week!

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That’s Frank/Felix on the left, and Spike to the right.

Whew, I’m beat.

Shear Luck?

Nope. None here.
I had great hopes of getting little Chone sheared this weekend,

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but he’s a wiley little bugger. And it’s like he knew what I was up to.

I tried plying him with apple branches, and nice sweet-smelling hay, but I just couldn’t get the guy within arms reach.

Oh well, perhaps it’s not meant to be.

In other news, I’ve made great progress with The Shepherd’s vest since it’s last appeared on the blog.

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Just about ready to start shaping the v-neck. So, I’m in the homestretch on this one!

And I’ve got the first weaving experiment off the loom,

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and another in the works, this time being a little more adventurous in building curvy shapes and such-

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Felix asks

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“Is this my best side? I think this is my best side.”

I think he’s getting a little vain. 🙂