As of this morning, all of my sheep are coated. Thanks to Angela Rountree for passing on some coats she no longer needed; for the first time I had coats small enough for the lambs!
Bittersweet and Bloom weren't so sure of each other in their new duds at first.
Black Bing and his black gulmoget dam.
I enjoy seeing the sheep au naturale, but as a handspinner and seller of fleeces, I hate seeing those fleeces collecting all matter of debris. After awhile I hardly notice the coats, and swoon over the clean, crimpy goodness each time I switch out a coat for a bigger one as the fleeces grow. And of course it is their sweet faces I focus on when my sheep come up for attention.
Feedback on this year's fleeces is starting to come in. Repeat customers are a testimony in and of themselves; the comments below are from new customers, and affirm that I am making good progress towards my fine-fleece goals. A HUGE thank-you to both my fleece (and breeding stock) customers, and the breeders who have sold me the stock that has improved my flock so much!
"Your fleeces are so fine and crimpy, sooo different from Shetland roving I have bought in the past."
"Finally last night I started processing Cadbury's fleece. Oh my, it is the softest fleece I have ever processed. I can hardly wait to card and spin it. Thanks so much for this great fleece. Which leads me to the next comment, I want to be put on your 'wait' list for next year's fleece. Your fleece is just wonderful. If all of them are even half as nice as Cadbury, I would probably want more than just one."
"I got Bramble's fleece Wednesday. I love it! I love the way the colors are varigated with the different shades of tan and caramel shot through with silvery fibers. I was thinking I would take this fleece to the processor everyone around here uses to process into roving, but after seeing it, I don't want it 'homogonized,' I think I will comb or flick the locks instead, to preserve the colors. Very, very soft - I am going to love working with this." (A side note here. Bramble is the coarsest animal in my flock, and NOT one of my breeding ewes. The customer was informed of this and I told her not to pay me until she was sure she was happy with the fleece. As you can see, she was.)
That's it for today from . . .