Monday, May 7, 2018

Final Lambs

Kelli Kelli was the last one to lamb (she was last to go last year also).  X Oberyn - a black ram.



For some reason I neglected to post photos of Jane Eyre's (XNitro) fawn kat ewe and moorit ram.  So they are 6 days old in these photos.



I am now going to go to bed and sleep for about 3 days.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

What I am working on

Carded batts from Mrs Hughes - this is the output from her fleece less a few oz for a gradient yarn I am working on and some curly bits that were so tightly coiled it wasn't worth trying to card them

Working on another simple hat from black fleece I bought last year at Wisconson

White hat from Elara complete

Today I spent a lot of time marking batts for sale at the Shepherd's market next weekend

Got a lot of yarn marked as well

Carding Elinor to spin

This is carded locks from Mrs. Hughes to make a gradient yarn

Start with the lighter colors and go dark

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Lambs

Rosamunde (X Oberyn) had a sweet little grey kat ewe Friday


And Baxter (X Nitro) had a black ram at around the same time.


So just Kelly Kelly left to go - She was our last ewe last year and isn't really showing any signs of labor yet.  Happily munching on hay.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Lambs

Wednesday morning I got up to get a drink at around 4 am and O'Brien (x Nitro) had 2 moorit lambs, one ewe and one very small ram.  The smallest lamb I have ever seen.  But he is bouncing around as much as any of the others.

O'Brien's sweet little ewe lamb

Set next to Elara's ram just to get a feel for how little he is.

Then Genoa (x Nitro) had a fawn kat ewe and a very nice moorit ram.



3 more ewes left to lamb as of Thursday night.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Lambing update

Treviso (x Nitro) had a ewe fawn katmoget on Sunday.



Later that night, Mrs Hughes delivered a moorit ewe lamb.


Both are doing well.  Rich and I are both struggling to remember any of the conditions of both of these, we are a little exhausted I guess.  They sure are cute though.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Lotsa Lambs

I made an appointment for 9 am on Saturday as Rich was home to monitor the barn.  And of course Itasca (X Nitro) starts labor (which usually lasts around an hour) at 8 am.  Fortunately she is an old pro and quickly popped out a pretty black ewe and moorit ram, so I made it to my appointment.  It never fails.

Very sad to report that in the time between I wrote the passage above and when I got to photograph, Itasca's little ram passed away.

Then Elara (X Nitro) had an enormous black yuglet ram while I was gone.



We had some visitors stop in to meet the new arrivals.

After dinner, our blessed Reawick (X Oberyn) gave us two perfect white ewe lambs.  So happy, we have wanted a white ewe lamb for the longest time, and here we have two.


I woke up at 5 am on Sunday to find that our very capable first time mother Sybil had moorit ewe and ram, all cleaned and fed (by her - thank goodness), so all we had to do was pen them up and care for the umbilicals.



Friday, April 27, 2018

Day off from lambing

So no lambs yesterday which means I made good progress in the workroom.

Finished spinning Oberyn's fleece into this two ply yarn.  This was all I got from his fleece as it was pretty chopped up for whatever reason.  Not the shearer's fault, the wool just didn't want to come off!

Oberyn

Oberyn 2 ply, will wash today


I washed Elinor's fleece, this pretty grey Kat and will finish drying outside today - looks like we will have a warm day with no wind, perfect for outdoor drying.  Then I plan to spin into yarn.


Sensible Elinor.  Except that she stole and ate a plastic glove out of my lambing kit when my back was turned during Lambapalooza 2


I am carding Mrs Hughes, I just love this fleece.  She has 3 different levels of grey and a good amount of all three so its a lot of fun to work my way through all the variation.  This will go into batts for my spinners.

Medium grey on left, steel grey in center, light grey to the right.  No "shades of grey" jokes please...  Oh all right, if you must.

Ever proper Mrs. Hughes


Started a white hat from the yarn left from the Bousta Beanie and Knitted Knockers- thank you Elara.  Used my new cast on technique, German Cast on which I learned from making the fingerless mitts.  Should make the ribbed band a little more flexible, we'll see.


I always think Elara could have gone a little less with the eyeliner.



And working on spinning another self striping yarn, 3 colors, shades of brown.


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Lambapalooza II

Yesterday afternoon had three ewes lamb.

Blue Sapphire (X Nitro) had 2 very flashy rams, both look black based.




Just after getting her lambs cleaned, iodined, first feeding witnessed, went in the house, sat down and thought, "Well I'll just check barn before I start my next project" and there was another ewe going into labor.  Put back on my barn clothes, ran out to the barn, and there were two ewes in labor! 


Siena (X Oberyn) had a pretty moorit ewe and a black ram. 



Lady Mary had a little black ewe and a spotted black ram.


Did a quick check on Ivy's little guy, he seems to be catching up nicely, bouncing around in their cozy little pen.



Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Lambapalooza

Three ewes lambed yesterday between 6-11 pm last night, almost felt like we were a commercial operation!

Mrs Patmore (x Nitro) had a very nice brown spotted ram. 

2 hours old, resting after his big introduction.

Pretty flashy little fella!

Fanny (x Nitro) very quietly and with no fanfare popped out this sweet little moorit ewe.  
Just getting a bath soon after birth





And Pearl (x Nitro) had fawn kats, ewe and a ram.  




Still have 16 ewes to go.  Looking forward to seeing an Oberyn lamb, he got a slow start apparently...



Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Lambing update

No lambs yesterday, so kept myself busy with some wool projects.

Washed my first 2018 fleece, Mrs Hughes, a beautiful grey Katmoget

Pretty lock from Mrs. Hughes

Finished the fingerless mitts from my self striping yarn.  One is longer than the other, but you get the idea.

For once I sewed the loose ends immediately after finishing knitting them - I hate the sewing part so usually put it off as long as possible.  Wonder how much time went into raising, shearing, washing, carding and spinning these little bits that are going to be tossed in the trash bin.

I am carding and spinning Oberyn

Oberyn's carded locks ready to be spun