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3571  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Shearing Beatrice on: March 22, 2011 02:36:44 PM
Cool! Cheesy Will you post pics of your yarn?

Only if it's not hideous.   Cheesy
3572  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Swap CLOSED! S/O April 1 on: March 22, 2011 01:55:09 PM
I really like it.  Hope it shows up!
3573  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Shearing Beatrice on: March 22, 2011 12:21:23 PM
Hi morrigan.  Now that we've got fleece again, I'm planning to try to spin a little with the spindle you sent me.   Smiley 

Thanks thisbird!  She's my favorite. I even have a painting of her from a swap partner. 
3574  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Shearing Beatrice on: March 22, 2011 11:55:07 AM
We had our sheep shorn last weekend.  Their fleece is heavy and our days are getting warmer so it was time.  We raise two breeds of sheep- texel and katahdin.  The katahdin are hair sheep, they don't have wool.  They have coats similar to dogs.  The texels are the only ones that get shorn.  Beatrice is one of our texels.  We put them up the night before in close quarters to keep them warm so their lanolin will flow.  It makes the job easier for both the shearer and the sheep.  When we first got sheep, I thought we would shear them ourselves.  We purchased a how-to DVD and realized how absolutely backbreaking it looked so we decided to have a professional come do it for us.  Two years ago, our sheep met up with a skunk a few days before the shearer arrived.  All of our wool that year went into the garden!    



The shearer usually does 80-100 sheep in a day.  Can you imagine?  You need to be strong, flexible and have a very good back to do this.  


He's got a set pattern that he follows, and uses his elbows and knees to restrain her as he's working.  He starts with the belly wool and discards it as it's inferior for spinning.  The sheep are surprisingly calm during their ordeal.  



Her fleece stays together in one piece.  It weighs almost 7 pounds.  Her wool locks are very springy with good crimp. I learned this from some local spinners.  I, alas, don't spin or knit.  My fleece will go with me to the farmer's market when it opens next month.  



She's much happier without her winter coat and is due to lamb any day now.  She's very sweet, loves to be scratched and likes to smell my face.  She's my favorite, can you tell?   Smiley


Beatrice finally had her lamb, a little ewe.  Isn't she cute?
3575  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Sustainable Gardening on: March 22, 2011 10:33:56 AM
Thanks so much Clarachk!  We had to pull a lamb this morning (a first for us), it's been a stressful day.  Your comments reminded me of all of the non-stressful days.  Thank you!   Smiley
3576  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces - Round 3 GALLERY on: March 22, 2011 05:35:42 AM
They are very sweet!  Glitter is good.
3577  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shop the Swap 48 **Discussion Thread** on: March 19, 2011 03:34:50 PM
I'm open again.  I just added a pair of upcycled toddler sweater pants.  Makes me wish I had a toddler in my life! 

3578  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Zombie Swap Rd. 2 Gallery on: March 19, 2011 03:04:15 PM
OK... I'm dying to know how that kitty shirt was done!  Is it painted?
3579  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Swap CLOSED! S/O April 1 on: March 19, 2011 03:00:56 PM
I think I'm done.  Sending this week!
3580  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Gallery on: March 19, 2011 02:58:57 PM
Awesome job, I just love the altered tickets & the tutu!
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