Friday, March 16, 2012

Just another reason why he's "The Saint"

Welcome to my Fiber Arts Friday post. If you find this subject interesting be sure to hop over to Wisdom Begins In Wonder where Andrea is the hostess with the mostest.

As the title suggests, there are many reasons but the latest is that last Friday while I was at work this man spent a considerable amount of time working to untangle this yarn mess for me. (I had already worked on it for an hour the night before)
Then Saturday morning while I was away having breakfast with the kids he finished untangling it.

He is the best! His patience and persistence allowed me to get started on Rita's second sock. Wouldn't you agree that qualifies him for sainthood?

Kristen, Paula and I drove up to Hillside Jacobs on Saturday. It was super tough buying only one fleece but that's all I purchased, one fleece, Jennifer's fleece. She's an older ewe but still has a very nice "lilac" fleece. This is the second year I've purchased her pretty fiber. I should have enough now to make a couple of sweaters.

It is always amazing to watch the shearer do his work.  The Jacob sheep weigh an average of 100 lbs and that's a lot of sheep to be wrangling around with a sharp clipper in your hand.

When we arrived the shearer was just finishing up the last  Columbia. They were the tallest sheep I've seen so far. They're all white and produce about 12 lbs of fleece per animal according to the breed website.
Here's my favorite Jacob sheep, Jennifer...
and here she is getting her trim...
She certainly isn't modest, LOL  I got a nice fleece from her and will add it to the fleece I got last year and get it spun up so I can do some sweater knitting.
There were also Shetland sheep sheared today...
I like their brown faces. It's so interesting how a sheep like the adult pictured above starts out looking like this little lamby...
It was a fun day!

I hope you all had a great week. Get out and see some fiber animals this weekend if you have a chance. Supporting our local shepherds will assure a good supply of fresh fiber for years to come.

LittleDog's piece of the blog:

Catching the last few rays on Thursday evening. Toodles!

12 comments:

WonderWhyGal said...

Yes, he is a Saint! Remind me to send my yarn to him ;-) I still need to spin my Jacob fleece from Fiber Festival. Debating if I should wait until TdF or not. hmmm, seeing yours inspires me to finish cleaning mine and get started now.

Andria said...

Yup, Sainthood it is! Lucky lady. Love the sheep pics, I've always had a soft spot for Jacobs Sheep.

Heather Woollove said...

I love your animal-rich post this week, Ally...and yes, your hubby is awesome. Plus, he fills out a sweater quite nicely as I recall! Giggle/blush.

Dawn said...

Definite Sainthood!! Though I don't mind a good tangle myself. I'm like my great-grandma that way.

Your fleece is lovely and I can't wait to see the yarn you spin up and the sweaters that will be knit from it. :)

Dutch Hollow said...

Agreed, he is a saint! Tangled messes are frustrating and take LOTS of patience to remedy.

Ooo Jennifer's fleece does look good! Happy spinning.

Melissa said...

You are a lucky women...hate yarn tangles. Thanks for sharing the pics of the shearing. I've never heard the term "lilac" fleece. Don't understand what this means.

Kathryn Ray said...

Agreed! How nice of your Saint to untangle your yarn. :-)

I still have not seen a sheep shearing... other than a demo at a fiber festival.

I'm a big fan of Jacob Sheep too. :-)

Jess Schleicher said...

Holy cow! Sainthood, yes!!! Love the sheep pictures too... (waves to little dog)

Alittlebitsheepish said...

Lovely pictures, I enjoy seeing the source of all the fibre goodness we use. And yes, sainthood indeed, I get so frustrated at tangled yarn

Vivian said...

He is a Saint indeed! I would never trust my tangle in my husband's hands, not to he'd do it anyway.

Love the sheep pictures!

Spinster Beth said...

I have a horribly tangled skein of silk that needs help ....

:-)

That is a nice, relaxed sheep! I've always seen them tied up for sheering.

Nichole said...

YES, he is a Saint...... I've had a mess of sock yarn that has been sitting on the kitchen table for months now.