Tour de Fleece ~ Day 1

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Gulf Coast Native ~ Dyed with Flowers and Acid Dye

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Rolags – Rerolled by The Cats

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Rolags of Avo and Acid Dyed GC Fiber

So, it’s Day 1 of the Tour de Fleece. This year, I’m on 2 teams…DIY and Dye and Team Hopelessly Overcommitted. Yeah. I know. As soon as these are posted, I’m off to get that loaf of whole wheat in the oven and pack up the fiddles for an afternoon gig on the other side of the state. Ahhhh.

NB: See the multi colored rolags? Notice how ratty they look? Thank the kittehs. I walked out of the room for 2 minutes. Came back in. And GAH! Rolags were all over the rug in various states of disrepair. Such is life with kittehs.

 

Avodye

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Avocado Dyed Gulf Coast Native Fleece

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Avocado Dye

Okay okay. That’s a quart of avocado dye, an ounce or so of Gulf Coast Mary fleece, mordanted with alum and no final pH shift. C’mon, I just had too little dye for the amount of fiber in the dyepot. Did standard hour long simmers in mordant and in dye. Cooldown. Rinse. Ehn. Frankly, I get better color from Virginia Creeper…without all the waiting and cooking and waiting and so on. To be fair, I’ll need to dig up a gallon jar and pack it with avocado skins. For now though…I’ll try one more small dyepot…and pH shift with ammonia or soda. Another day. This is rainy season. Enough said.

Marycado

 

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Nekked Mary and the Golden Hennies

We were sheared on Saturday. Phew.  Summertime haircuts. A bit late this year (by a couple of months) but finally, finally, done.

So…Mary’s fleece, the silky lurvley stuff it is, is wrapped, unskirted, in a sheet. Like the rest of the 2013 fleeces.

Now, Mary’s fleece, because it is so special, is a constant temptation. I hold it out like a carrot. Last year’s Mary fleece is still in the bag. Well, most of it. I’m soaking some right this minute. The mordant pot is ready. The avocado dye is ready, too. Time has come to get crankin’ on fiber, remodel project or not.

Let’s go charge the camera battery!

 

And then there were Kitty Cats

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Maisie, Daisy and Maggie

Millie had her kittens the day after I got that great photo of her pregnant shadow. But, the kittens were hidden away. Days went by. Weeks went by. Five weeks to the day after they were born, Ta DAAA! And, this is a picture of them on the first day of their life with humans.

 

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Dinnertime

Millie liked having them on the porch. She was free to go hunting, and could leave the kittehs in a safe place. We put a litter box on the porch, and on Day 1, they got it.

 

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Little Ol’ Kitties

And, man o man, could they sleep.

 

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Maisie on the Rail

They didn’t stay on the front porch long. Pretty soon, they were hanging out on the back deck, too.

 

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Catbirds

Maisie & Daisy in the Sparkleberry.

 

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Daisy and Tom

The Great Gatsby? Nah, didn’t take much time for them to decide to come on inside and hang with the humans.

 

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The 3 Katskiteers

One thing is for sure, they’re just about inseparable. And they still sleep. A. Lot.

 

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Maggie

Except when they don’t.

Spring Update

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Holly and her “‘Denticals” end of March

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So Alike! Bridget & Clara

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Pretty Sweet Ewe Lambesses!

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First Time Mama – Annie with Bennie

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Here’s Miss Lily Gettin’ Big – And Boy o Boy She Looks JUST Like Sammas!

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Lily Naptime

So…yes…this is what happened earlier this spring. Lambs. And. Kittehs. Oh…you haven’t seen them yet. Well, par for the course. That last pic down below of Millie Bea and her pregnant shadow? Next day, she came in to eat, skinny as a rail. But, she didn’t bring her kittehs to meet us for 5 weeks. FIVE WEEKS she kept them hidden. So, be patient. Okay?