Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Name Is Thecrazysheeplady...

...and I'm a fleece-aholic.

You will note that I did not take a picture of the back of my car this afternoon or the bags of wool stashed on the Wool House porch before I even stepped on the shearing trailer yesterday. Admitting you have a problem is the first step, right?



"My name is Sweet Pea and I'm a potato chip-aholic. Can I have another one, please? Since I'm standing here so nice, holding the front position on the trailer?"

I love working the trailer with shearers Don and Bill Haudendschield. I especially love working at Kathy Meyer's.



From coarser, curly fleeces (my favorite kind :-)...



...to softer, fine fleeces (my least favorite kind, but I still think they're awfully pretty).



And lots of pretty sheep.

We pulled out several especially nice fleeces for her to sell at the open fleece sale at the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival this spring. Kentucky wool should be at a premium this year. With the mild weather, sheep stress was practically non-existent, hay feeding has been minimal and all the fleeces I've seen have been exceptionally clean and in good order.

May be going on an interesting shearing trip tomorrow. Stay tuned.

18 comments:

YarnKettle said...

I just thought you should know you influenced me to try spinning. I am eagerly awaiting my first spindle.
Part is due to encouragement and part is due to pictures of fleece.
I don't know if it will take but I am going to give it a go. Thanks!

thecrazysheeplady said...

I'm sad I didn't have anything other than my phone to take pictures today. I think I was depressed about spring being here and winter over and blah, blah, blah. I'll take my big girl camera tomorrow!

Lori Skoog said...

Beautiful. I can see why you are hooked on this.

Alice said...

i never get tired of fleece photos :-)

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Makes me just want to run my hands through all that softness.

small farm girl said...

Ok, with me being a newbie in wool, why do you like the coarse wool better. I would think the fine wool would be softer. But, what do I know? lol

Nancy K. said...

I've been spinning, knitting and needle felting up a storm. Gotta love fleece!!!

;-)

farmlady said...

How interesting and fun. I would love to be in there with you and watch.
Please give Sweet Pea another potato chip.

♥ Brigitte ♥ said...

I love Sweet Pea! Her eyes say - give me another potato chip :D

I felt in love with this beautiful fleece. I never got one like yours.

Greetings
Brigitte

Ed said...

So you are saying you do this for the shear enjoyment of it..;-)

Bee Lady said...

I wish you could come to our Winter Woolen Workshop this weekend. You would LOVE it.

Cindy Bee

PS - at least your only a fleece-a-holic. I'm that, and along with the sheep, chip-a-holic. Then you've got the yarn, purse, vintage material, vintage anything - a-holic! What's a person to do!

cyndy said...

You call yourself a fleece-aholic?

I'd consider you more of a fleece-pusher...posting those amazing photos...you enabler you ;o)

..and please give that poor sheepie a potato chip and a scritch behind the ears!

thecrazysheeplady said...

YarnKettle - have fun and if you have any trouble, contact me and I have a couple beginning spinning tricks that might help :-).

Small Farm Girl - fleeces are like ice cream - there's a flavor for everyone :-). I *personally* like the feel and luster (shininess) of some of the coarser wools like Cotswold. I like the fuzzy texture of the yarn spun from the medium/coarse crosses Kathy has - they practically spin themselves and you end up with a pretty yet durable end product.

Good one Ed ;-).

I wish I'd taken my camera so I could have really shown what I was seeing and feeling all day. Sigh.

Benita said...

Awe, Man! I can hardly wait to check them out. I love fleeces, too.

Christine said...

Makes me want to roll in it. Is that weird? If it is, don't tell me.

Terry said...

Sweet Pea has a very intelligent-looking face.

Denise, a fellow fleece-a-holic said...

Love that Sweet Pea picture. I do so want to give her a potato chip!

Joan said...

I agree on your fleece of choice, my favorite too. I'm proud to have mostly that type in my Jacob flock, thanks to my "dude", Raider. :)

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