Friday, June 19, 2015

The silver lining

I don't remember a banded lamb crying like Boston did off and on through last night. I was worried that I would find a stress-sickened lamb in the fold this morning, but he looked bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to eat and even readier for loving. My golden teddy bear is finally getting his heart's desire – he gets to be a PET!

Still, it was a blessing for him that today was partly cloudy and cooler. It would have been nice if the clouds had contained rain, but their shade and visual interest were appreciated.

This afternoon I tackled harvesting Vienna's fleece. I started with a pedicure, then skirted off the neck and belly, then put her on the stand to take off her blanket. Kelly had warned me that I might not be able to roo her completely, and sure enough, some areas were firmly attached. Since I was going to have to shear part of her, I made the decision to scissor-shear all of her. What a job! I don't think I have ever seen such a dense fleece. That is a GOOD trait, but between her density and the rise, it took me a loooong time.

One more fleece – Blaise's – to remove. I can't believe it's taking me so long this year!

That's it for now from . . .


Spinners End Farm said...

Everything seems to be taking a long time this year....if it is a chore anyway! Looks like a lovely fleece! :)

Theresa said...

Well gee Michelle, you only have a million things to do this year and a job outside the home too.Oh and lets throw in a teenage son too..... I'm amazed at all you do do. :-)

Retired Knitter said...

Oh that Boston. A beautiful face. I think what you need to have is a professional animal spoiler.. Wish I lived near enough to apply for that job. I am experienced and very very good at it. And I am cheap. I would do it for free.

A :-) said...

Has Belfast gone to a new home?

Michelle said...

It IS a lovely fleece, SEF, I just hope it isn't ruined by the rise.

I know, Theresa, but it still seems like I should be able to get things DONE.

RK, I wish you lived closer, too!

Not yet, Adrienne, but next Sunday he and Boston go together to their new home, Belfast as a future flock sire, Boston as his wethered companion and fiber pet.

Nancy Kay said...

Such a sweet picture of Boston! You've been spending long hours getting those fleeces!! Seems like quite a big job.

A :-) said...

Oh wow! That's very exciting for him I think :-)

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Boston looks just too sweet for words Michelle!
Once their huge woollen coats are shorn, they must feel relieved, especially if the days are warm and sunny!!!
Hard work I'm sure.
Thank you for popping in to say Hi!
Shane x