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"Everything that happens to you is your teacher. The secret is to learn to sit at the feet of your own life and be taught by it." ~Polly Berrien Berends

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Sheep shearing

A farm close by has been shearing there sheep this week, today was the lambs turn so we went along to observe the process and buy some wool from the fleece.


Terri showing her children how the sheep shearing is done.





Once the sheep are sheared and the shearer picks up the entire fleece and moves it to the sorting table.


The fleece is then tossed and sorted into different grades

With my spindle I did a quick spinning demo, the shearers were more interested than the children. It was nice to have them watch me.



The children enjoyed the bales of wool.



And Pirate Caleb helped me carry the bounty home.



Baaa Baaa - Thank you for your lovely wool - We will wash it, card it and knit something special with it.

10 comments:

suzanne said...

What a lovely experience for your children Carle'. I still have loads of wool full of poop and twigs to wash and card..My spinning is moving forward. I spun so nicely today, that I think I will make something with the wool. I can see that spinning is all in the time spent spinning...Loving it though.

Have a great Sunday
Lots of love
Suez

Lisa said...

Very cool! A great lesson from start to finish!
Lisa

Carle' said...

HI Suez,

I have about 1kg lambs wool that I need to wash and card - Im really a roving kinda girl, so It is going to keep me really busy. :-)

Sleep Tight
xx
Carle

Carle' said...

HI Lisa,

Yes it was great, this week I hope to wash, dry, card and spin some. thomas really wants to knit a lamb with it. He is so sweet, my special child...

Good news, my hubby has offered to by me my own lamb, Lucky me. :-)

Carle' said...

HI Lisa,

Yes it was great, this week I hope to wash, dry, card and spin some. thomas really wants to knit a lamb with it. He is so sweet, my special child...

Good news, my hubby has offered to by me my own lamb, Lucky me. :-)

Nicole said...

Dear Carle'
I have found your blog through my sweet friend Suzanne (Down in the Meadow)I look forward to reading your posts and appreciate this process of shearing the sheep all the way to spinning. A real life version of Pele's new suit! Many warm wishes : )

Angela Mobley said...

Carle, I left an acknowledgement for you on my blog, if you do those sorts of things, feel free to accept!

Holly Barcelo said...

Hi,
I just wanted to let you know that you won the giveaway on HookandNeedlegirl.com!

Please contact me on my blog or e-mail me at HookandNeedleGirl@gmail.com and I'll get your package out as soon as I can.
Thanks!
P.S. You have a wonderful blog, and Shearing Day sounds like it was a lot of fun!

themagiconions said...

Hoping you'll share this post on Friday's Nature Table... pop on over to my blog to post a link.
Blessings and magic.

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