Tag: shearing

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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. 🙂

In other news, I spun up some of that Mr. Fancypants Chone+dyed mohair blend from my carding extravaganza a couple weeks back-

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?

Haircut Buddies & Sharing Spaces

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!”


Looks who’s Nekkid Again!


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!

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-


(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:

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And all the boys in their birthday suits:



That wasn’t so bad, right guys?

Here are some samples from the harvest:

All the boys

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.