The 'boys' were finally sheared this past week, and if it ever stops raining here I will skirt and photograph fleeces. Shearing off farm is finally starting to pick up. Between the rain, snow and cold farmers have been putting it off. Right now we are booked through mid-May. Again, thank you to our customers, and thank you God!!
Some of you may know that I had shoulder surgery on February 24th of this year. The USPS has denied my workman's comp, which means I have NO income coming in. I will need to hire a lawyer eventually. 😡 So, every penny coming in from the sale of lambs and shearing is going right back to the farm for hay and grain. And with 27 lambs, 34 adult sheep and an aging llama and an aging alpaca, we are going through a LOT of hay and grain. Hopefully this year we will not have to buy hay. That would be a major blessing in itself.
36 days from today is the 41st NH Sheep & Wool Festival.
The booklet is up on the website, and I will tell you up front that it sucks as trying to find vendors!! Unless the vendor has an ad in the booklet, or you know their name and what they sell, the booklet is useless!!! It lists our business names alphabetically and tells you the building location and booth number, but NOTHING else. After 18 years of doing this festival, first with my friend Anne (Barrett) Mitts, and then on our own, I am not sure how much more time we will be doing this. At least until Hope Thomas retires from her Shetlands. If all goes well, she will be in our booth with her raw fleeces and maybe some yarn.
We have a triple booth again this year at NH Sheep & Wool, and a double at the VT Sheep & Wool.
http://vtsheepandwoolfest.com/ Vermont is by and far our favorite festival, followed by the Wool Arts Tour the next weekend. http://www.woolartstournh.com/
Come check us out. We will again this year have our fleece sale area, some new yarn lines, and some angelina/fire star for mixing with your fibers. We have a few new rovings as well including only a few pounds of 2 different colors of 6 month old LUCIOUS Icelandic lamb fleeces that was made into roving for us, as well as the Pygora cloud. These 2 spun together (or alone) would make something soft enough for baby wear, but long lasting as well.
Okay. Even with a break, my shoulder has had enough with the typing. Now for some pictures of this past week's shearing of the boys.