Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Yarn Along - Maisie Gets A Hair Cut


"I just don't know why this stuff keeps happening to me [every year]!"

I think she does actually, but doesn't it look like that's what she's saying (always ;-)?  Shearer extraordinaire Bill Haudenschield once again did me and Maisie a huge favor by shearing her standing up.  This is hard to do with any sheep, but one as short as Maisie...it's back breaking. Thank you, Bill!  



And thank you, Karen, for being the brave one to hold her so I could take some pictures.  She looks fairly calm here as they got started, but those teeth were a-chompin'!  





Here's a short video, just for fun.  Hopefully my hillbilly speakin' won't break your computer.  Our new shearing assistant asked why we were shearing her standing up after shearing the others sitting down.  I answered her without thinking it would be on the video.  Sigh...  Maybe that tail flipping around will cover me :-).


The first place finisher for the Iditarod crossed under the Burled Arch this morning, but many mushers are still on the trail. I, too, am still out on the Iknitarod Trail, but have hit a major snafu and things look pretty hopeless for a Red Lantern finish this year.   I'm going to keep knitting though, as you never know.

I finished A Man Called Ove and just loved it.  Now I'm listening to another one of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency stories.  They are always winners :-).

Joining with Ginny.



31 comments:

Tyche's Minder said...

Hey, small world! Bill did my guys last fall. I haven't scheduled yet this spring....cause I'm...what's that word? slow...late...buried...overwhelmed...behind...oh, whatever. It'll be summer by the time I get on his calendar. Sigh.

Love these shots though. They have that warm cast you get inside your wooden barn. Very nice. The picture with Maisie wearing her flowing robe out behind her like royalty should be submitted somewhere. Just saying.

Terry and Linda said...

She really does look like she is enjoying it. Bill did a great job. Loved hearing your voice!

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Kim said...

Oh sweet baby! I love your pictures. I am work and can't hear the video but hope to listen to it when I get home tonight.
xoxoxox

Donna said...

What a great shearing job! And what a fleece! She didn't seem too bothered by it, well, at least from this view.

Benita Story said...

Man, it's a good thing she is a small sheep. Can you imagine that attitude on one Ewen's size?

small farm girl said...

Love the video!!!!! That wool is beautiful. Oh, and I didn't notice ANY hillbilly talkin. LOL

Lori Skoog said...

How warm is it now? Perfect timing for shedding the wool.

Janice Grinyer said...

As i sit here having a late afternoon coffee with my wonderful punkins patch mug, I cant help but be glad that I can get my " sheep kick " here on your blog... and not at home...Ah Maisie, you are a tough little %$&# girl arent you... xoxox

Lisa W said...

Good job, Maisie - and good job, Karen!

Vermont Grand View Farm said...

What a lovely fleece!!!

MarmePurl said...

Ain't she so special.

Sarah said...

What an interesting video. I've never seen a sheep being sheered. It's fascinating. Looks like it's a difficult job that takes great skill. Do the sheep ever get nicked with the sheers? Love the image with her coat hanging down as if it is a majestic robe.
Thanks for sharing!

thecrazysheeplady said...

I'll be posting a proper shearing video in the next couple of days. I think I took video of Baaxter. They do get nicked sometimes, but a good shearer sure doesn't want that to happen.

Shirley said...

I'm glad you answered the question as to why she gets sheared standing up- I was going to ask. She did pretty good! That must have tickled once he got up around her head.

T.L. Merrybard said...

I love those books too. We recently watched the tv series and it was fantastic too! Naughty Maisie, you can see her teeth trying to chomp in the video. :)

Auntie Reg said...

Karen is a good woman! Hope Maisie did not abuse her! How much did Maisie's fleece weigh?

fjord girl said...

Such a sweet post, I loved watching the video too!

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

OH, NOW I'm 'late' haha for my dog walk but could not resist watching the shearing........royal robe is right! re her fleece, is it heavier per lb as opposed to any of the others? I know, PIA question, but I keep thinking of that tail and Nan Bray. He did a great job and yes, teeth were a-chompin :) http://www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2013/s3897704.htm

Sheepmom said...

That Maisie is a corker. Talk about gritting your teeth to put up with something! What did that fleece weigh? Looks very clean - won't be much skirting loss. :-)

I'm deranged, I'm sure.... I want to paint eyes and big ears on her naked butt and have her be an elephant from behind! HAhahaha

Elaine Lim said...

He makes the shearing look easy......... like peeling a LARGE piece of fruit!!

lilysgrannie said...

I've never seen a sheep being sheared and found this so interesting. It must be tricky not nicking them at the same time moving all that heavy fleece around. Do they ever put muzzles on them to prevent being bitten? I don't think every sheep will allow someone to hold their faces like you did. Thanks for sharing this with us.

LannieK said...

That is some beautiful wool! Looks like everyone did a great job :-)

thecrazysheeplady said...

Not to worry, sheep don't bite. Well, Maisie might bite you, but she's, um, well, Maisie ;-). You'd have to look back through her story. And holding their face, under the chin like that, is the kindest way to hold them. Bottom line though, most sheep are sheared sitting on their butts. I'll try to get a video of that posted maybe later today.

Michaele said...

Great photos and video. I wish I knew someone who sheared sheep!

thingsherelately.com said...

Oh, look at all that gorgeous wool! And Maisie's beautiful face! I want to give her a cookie. :)

thecrazysheeplady said...

Yeah, and she'd punch you in the knee caps! Maisie ONLY eats Cheerios :-o. I have no idea why...silly sheepy :-).

Michelle said...

Maisie is all grown up :)

sophy0075 said...

Maisie may be crazy ("may"? Ha!) but she does have beautiful wool. It looked like she was trying to stomp on the shearer with a hoof.

I love the Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency series! Pull up a chair, sip some bush tea, and chat with MaMotswe.

karen said...

oh I wish I was that Karen! However, I don't know if I would have done such a great job :)

Far Side of Fifty said...

She was angry! I hope that twine never shows up:)

Lisa Smith said...

I can't get enough of this video! I'm going to have to go back in time and read the entire Maisie story! At first, before I heard you explain about the baling twine, I thought she got sheared that way because she's . . . . well . . . "finicky". (I really struggled to find the correct word . . . finicky almost seems not correct either. . ."special" is better! I've been doing some reading about tail docking, so am curious to find out why she still has her tail. I'm looking forward to reading her story. Thank you so much for sharing this video!

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