This past Saturday our goats were professionally sheared by Emily, who came by on her way home from Juniper Moon Farm. I have to admit, I’m such a huge fan of Juniper Moon Farm that I’m a little star-struck to have secured the services of their shearer. Small world! Unfortunately, Lucas and I were out of town for a wedding reception, so we didn’t get to see (and photo-document) the shearing – but I do have some before and after pictures:

Admittedly not a well composed shot, but it shows off their coats. It was taken about 1 month ago (the phantom hand is Lucas). It was so funny to watch them run around with all that wool attached – very floppy!

They’re so tiny now! And so leggy. And now I have two very large boxes with a fleece in each. I spent some time looking at Ivan’s (the larger one) fiber while it was still attached. There’s a high percentage of coarse, thick guard hair  – which isn’t great for spinning yarn – so I think I might just toss that fiber (though I hate to do it). But his sweet personality more than makes up for not getting to use his fiber. As for Hamlet (with the horns), I think I’ll have to spend some time picking through his fleece for areas that aren’t heavily laden with vegetable matter – this goat has a serious bramble addiction. Sigh.

This additional fiber is a nice kick in the pants for me – I need to sit down and process BOTH this fiber AND the fiber I harvested from Hamlet last Fall (which I’ve stored in cedar chips). Wish me luck!


3 Responses to “Sheared!”

  1. 1 meghanaf 2010 April 30 at 4:14 am

    Aghh! Naked sheep! So cute. Can’t wait to see what you do with the fiber!

  2. 2 Veronika 2010 May 3 at 3:01 pm

    Wow, they look so fluffy and sweet! I hope you can use a lot of their fibre, even coarse fibre can have its uses. 🙂
    Thanks for your comment on my blog as well, it’s always lovely to get some feedback!

  1. 1 Ivan Yarn! « Ramble on Rosemary Trackback on 2010 November 10 at 4:36 pm

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