My head is spinning with sheep stuff! Our first shearing day is on Saturday. We are excited and anxious because once again this is new ground for us. Remember, two years ago we had two dogs and now we have 80 animals on the farm! It's all a learning process and right now we are learning about sheep.
|Ziggy's just a gorgeous girl.|
We are really enjoying our Jacob Sheep. They are just pretty! I wonder how they will look after shearing with their big fat pregnant bellies. It should be fun to find out.
|Tiny is not so tiny now. In fact, she is as big as a barn!|
And then there is the question of what to do with the fleeces. There's so much to learn in that area!
|image from wikipedia|
All this terminology I don't know.
But there is one thing that has always intrigued me ~
The closer we get to shearing the more I want to figure it all out and do it myself rather than sell the fleeces or send it off to be made into yarn. I know it won't all be good. Actually, I look at them with all the hay (vegetable matter ~ yes, I have that new term down) in their coat and wonder how any of it will be good. I am assured it will be though.
And so, I am making an appointment to try spinning and I'm dreaming about wheels. I love this little number right here. Ok, I know I shouldn't pick a wheel according to looks but wouldn't this be cute tucked away under my staircase with a comfy chair? It even has a little ladybug on the wheel somewhere that will fly around and around. Never mind the fact that it is RED!
|image from schachtspindle.com|
Anyway, my mind is spinning and hopefully my hands will be too soon. It's inevitable really since I have been crocheting for 20+ years and now have fiber sheep. Right?
If you are a spinner, please feel free to comment or email. I would love to know what you use and how you prepare your fleeces! And if you don't spin, well, tell me that I'm not crazy for trying something else new!
And since we are talking sheep, just take a look at this cute little thing that Shannon at Kenleigh Acres custom made for me to give Wayne at Christmas. Isn't she cute?
She looks just like Ziggy, spots and all!