Thursday, September 18, 2008

Good news/bad news

Good news: Yesterday I spent over four hours hand-teasing fleece and listening to public radio in the shade while Brian had a school/playdate with his best friend (another homeschooled boy). We BOTH enjoyed our time!

Bad news: I came nowhere near getting ALL my fleeces teased. :-( I brought the rest home; I'll tease them here and take them back to the processor at OFFF. That means I won't know the answer to my contest or have most of my roving to send out as soon as I thought.

Good news: I DID come home with some roving! The processor ran the first fleece I teased through her (giant, professional) carder while I worked on fleece #2. I haven't had a chance to look at it closely yet, but it should be a good test of the end product I'll get, as that fleece (Bella's) probably had the most VM of any of them. Leza gave me a bit of roving from the clean-out of the machine that I'll spin up so I can post photos of both the roving and a spun sample.

This was yesterday's sunrise (grainy from the digital zoom). We had at least two days in a row of both red suns rising and red full moons rising. There's a lot of dust and smoke in the atmosphere which I'm sure is to blame, but it was still rather eerie. Now our late summer hot spell is over; this morning it's cloudy and our highs are supposed to be back down in the 70s for the next week.

Stay tuned for some big news from the chicken yard at . . .


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous sunrise!

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

Just to clarify Michelle, are we to guess the weight after the fleeces have been turned into roving, or just after they have been washed and teased?

Anonymous said...

I was encouraged by a friend to look at your blog because of the picture of the wool processing machine. Could you tell me the name of the processor or the brand of machine? I am contemplating starting a small mill and have been fact gathering on machines.
Wonderful looking sheep in your pictures.