Sam the Ram Lamb and his new Pal Sal
Today, Martha and Randall drove down from SoGa with the best present in the world. A ram lamb for our sheepesses. He’s part Perkins, like our girls, but separated pretty far on that family tree. He was born in January, and has the curliest fleece…and a topknot…and horns! Oh Martha! You are such a peach! Thank you. Look at Sally’s face. I mean…look at that expression. They were all skittish at first and chased and ran and baaaaaed…but now…well…here are some more pictures…
You can’t tell me she isn’t grinning.
Learning the Ropes
Sam’s orientation included tours of Dove’s Roost by both Sally and Holly. It’s very interesting to see this. Sally and Holly are 2 yr old twins who, I swear, haven’t been more than 20 feet apart since they were born.
Peas in a Pod
So, all of a sudden, we have affectionate sheepesses…they seem to be saying…”Can we keep him? Please?” Just adorable.
If you’re wondering what this has to do with le Tour de Fleece, well…it’s called planning ahead…he’s my challenge for next year!
Sally in a Basket
Sally is a-ok. I didn’t make the challenge of finishing another 5 1/4 oz skein of 2-ply Sally. But…here’s what I do have – a nice bunch of Sally rolags. It’s been a long day…and night…so…I’ll see ya later.
What do you get when you spin a garbagecan yarn of Merino, Alpaca, Gulf Coast Native, Rhode Island Red, Partridge Rock, cotton and CVM? You get yarn with feathers! This is some soft stuff. I used the downy baby feathers from the Reds (russet) and my Rock (black).
Artemis Wearing Chicken Yarn Stole
This old lady is so patient and good. She enjoys modelling for mama. At 16, she can get away with wearing this!
Sally is next up. Well…I don’t have any more Holly clean and ready to spin. See the thing is…our A/C died. This is Florida. It’s Hot. We did some research and determined that a new compressor for our old A/C would cost about the same as a few wall units. So, we did what any red-blooded Americans would do…we went to Lowe’s and picked up a wall unit.
When we got home, it was 95 degrees in the house. That was at 5:00. It is now 9:19, and the temp is down to 90. The way our house is situated, (don’t blame us, we didn’t stick it here), the afternoon sun gets worse and worse until sunset. Well, we should expect the temp to plummet fairly soon. But, til then. Ack.
Anyway…this is all i could accomplish, and I want a medal for it, at that. This is about 4 ounces of “Sally” – blonde GC ewe. Mmm.
Maybe I’ll get to spin her tonight. And just maybe I’ll let y’all in on a secret too. But not right now. Right now, it’s time to post this pic.
This is natural green cotton from our 2009 harvest. After selecting for depth of color in prior years, this lint is a nice sage. Here you see some lint, and a 2-ply, 28wpi yarn spun on the ol’ Fricke.
Here’s the yarn directly after spinning. Thanks, Smitty, for modeling.
After stripping the natural waxes, the final color is set – a nice medium sage green.
After playing with the bulky version of Holly, I started fiddling with her fiber. Decided that maybe a fine version, a sport weight version, would be the ticket. It is. What a soft, lovely, knittable yarn. On 4s, this knits into a beautiful sweater fabric.
Let the games begin.
Here is the damage so far: 17.7 ounces/1012 yards of 2-ply CVM/Romney. Less than a bobbinsworth to go! Yes, Tom, your sweater yarn is almost done!