Skirting the Issues

Yesterday afternoon, Scott and I headed to The LaMar farm for their sheep shearing. Before we got started, we got to visit with the sheep and meet some of them.  I have to say, these were some of the sweetest and friendliest sheep I have ever met.

pretty flock

These are the ewes being bred this year with their ram.  Aren’t they so pretty?  I love Shetland and their fleeces, and I really love the more primitive fleeces, especially dual-coated ones.  I am pretty sure the tan one in front looking our way is Tootsie Roll, whose lamb fleece Sandy and I bought last year.


This is Libra a lamb born in March this year.  See her fleece? Want to get a closer look at it?


Oh, yeah!  That’s going to go to some shows next year, and once it is done, that fleece is mine!  Or at least I have dibs on it if they want to sell it.


Isn’t he a pretty boy?  I love his face and his horns are just beautiful.


And this is Amy.  Amy is a very sweet ewe who is not being bred this year.  Amy and I had some time to get to know one another.


Needless to say, I fell in love with her and I can see why she is everyone’s favorite ewe.  And guess what?  Yes, I have her fleece.  I am going to be extra careful in washing it because I want to spin it up and make something from it.  The color is such that after washing it, I think I am going to have fun dyeing it.  I can see a Fair Isle sweater from her fleece.


But don’t think I didn’t make other friends while I was there.  Here is Tootsie Pop, Tootsie Roll and Almond Joy and they all wanted some loving.  And I was more than happy to oblige.  Almond Joy is another whose lamb fleece Sandy and I bought.

Sheep weren’t the only animals there.  There were some chickens.




And, yes, this fuzzy bird is a chicken, too.  Very soft, too!


And dogs and cats.  This cat was very contentedly kneading the dog’s side.  The dog looks like it is saying, “Mom, he’s kneading me again.  Does he have to do that?”

Lisa Truman, one of the best shearers in our area (and one who, sadly, is wanting to retire) was there and we got started with the lambs.

Now you see it

Now you see lots of wool…

Now you don't

…now you don’t.  Hair cut and a mani-pedi, too!  These sheep have it made!  🙂  And look at the pink belly!  It makes you want to go over and give it a rub.


And I got to work skirting the fleeces until it got too dark to see.  Lovely fleeces they were.  I wish the sun hadn’t gone down so soon, because I would have loved to keep going.  Opening up each bag of wool was such a joy – to see and touch them was heavenly.  I will have to go back and finish what I started soon.

It has been so wonderful getting my sheep fixes lately.  I am one lucky lady.

4 Responses

  1. Sandy O' Says:

    Looks like you really got your “sheep fix”! Do they keep the sheep blanketed? They look very clean!

  2. Cindy in FL Says:

    The sheep look so friendly-how wonderful to visit and have them come for pets instead of fleeing! Beautiful way to spend a Saturday…

  3. Peg Says:

    seems rather late in the year to shear!

  4. roxie Says:

    I love Shetlands. Other sheep, you walk up to the pen and they run to the far side screaming, “Ax murderer! They’re going to kill us and eat us!” Shetlands, however, will mosey up to the fence and say, “Hi! You can scratch my chin if you want to. Got any treats? So how you doing?” Also, Shetlands are a manageable size. Shearing a Columbia must take two men and a small crane.

    Skirting is so hard for me. I know you have to be ruthless, but I want to save every bit of that lovely wool, so I always wind up with too much trash.

    Wonderful photos! Hope your back didn’t suffer. Thanks for sharing!

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