Sunday, May 31, 2015

And getting ready to clean alpaca fleece as well.

Getting ready to wash some llama fleeces...

and checking out how others clean their (our) fleeces.

It is funny reading through all of these posts/web sites. Some, especially the mills, tell you NOT to use Dawn or Orvus while others use only those cleaners. I am going to wash/soak some of my llama in cold water first to get rid of the dirt. Then, I will use the HOT water and soap.

And, prepping....

As nice as it would be for all llamas, and alpacas, to be 'blown out' before shearing, it only seems to happen for those owners who are very serious spinners. So, I will spend a lot of time picky out hay and other VM.

LOTS of information about llamas.

This is an interesting form!!

Monday, May 25, 2015

I usually comb my locks, and spin them, in the grease

but, will give this blog writer's information a go for washing the locks.

After my surgery June 2nd I will have time for doing things that do not require any heavy lifting or standing long periods. I am hoping to get in some spinning and quilting time during my recovery!

Or, I could follow the instructions or her blog and

make my own combs and hackles....

Processing Icelandic sheep wool

I have not separated the tog from the thel before in processing an Icelandic fleece, but I think I will give it a go. I am also going to start saving my pennies to buy a hackle. I have been enjoying reading this blog and all her great blending ideas.

Check this out!

And, here is the hackle in action.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Family time on the farm

Saturday after my brother-in-law's mother's funeral we were decended upon by family. The following are pictures from my brother-in-law's camera. It is nice that the kids like the farm and the animals.

NH Sheep & Wool 2015

I did not get any pictures this year (except a couple of the booth which I will try to get on here). I did not go far from our booth as I was, and still am, a hurting unit. I have a femoral hernia that will be repaired June 2nd. In the meantime my hip decided to give me grief as well....

Saturday was a very profitable day. Selling sheep, goat, llama and alpaca fleeces by the pound paid off greatly. I hope all who purchased for us this year, and like what they purchased, will let their friends know. And, if they are not happy that they will let me know directly!!

Sunday was incredibly HOT!!! And, attendance was way down. I don't blame people for not coming out. I don't think I'd want to buy wool in the extreme heat.

I hope to get some fleeces listed on the blog(s) soon. Just not today. Leg/hip is hurting worse than it had been, so I am not going far from the couch and the computer. Will let y'all know via Face Book & this blog when I do so.


Another blog worth following for spinners and knitters

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

NH Sheep & Wool Festival 2015

We will be in our regular spot in Deerfield, NH. Although someone tried to steal our spot. They claim it was promised to them last year... You only move into another's spot if they leave, or change spots themselves. 15+ years of vending at NH, and me learning to say NO, and calling the festival president kept us in our spot.

We will be there tomorrow afternoon setting up. New this year will be BIG bags of fleece sold by the pound instead of by the fleece, and dyed fleece sold by the ounce. We realize not everyone wants to commit to 5# of a fleece they've never tried before. This way you can buy a few ounces and if you like it, come back for more. We will have (at least) Horned Dorset, Romney in at least 2 colors, Dorset/Romney cross in at least 2 colors, Icelandic in a few colors, Mohair, Llama, and maybe some alpaca.

See you Saturday and/or Sunday!!

A few sheep pics

 Horned Dorset lambs

 Shearing one of the Jacob sheep

And for the rest of the pictures that I could not get off the tablet. They are stored at OneDrive.

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