Thursday, April 9, 2009

sheep shearer booked!

I made an appointment with a sheep shearer to trim down the flock in the next few weeks. Calling about getting your sheep shorn on your lunch break at the office is kind of a surreal experience. Or maybe not surreal—more of a conflict of whimsical interests. Like watching TV in a lawn chair outside or sticking a couch in an elevator to hang out. But call I did, and soon Maude, Marvin, and Sal will hand over their three bags of wool. I think they'll be grateful too—as the days grow slowly warmer I can tell their lapping up a lot more water and spending their time in the shade. You'll have this.

P.S. Does that sheep engraving look like the rabbit in Donnie Darko to anyone else?


Anonymous AmyKortuem said...

How EXCITING!!! Will you process the wool yourself and spin it, or will you send it off to be processed and then spin it? I can't tell you how much I want to sit and spin wool.

Maybe Maude will feel a little cheerier when this load is off her shoulders?

April 9, 2009 at 12:48 PM  
Anonymous AmyKortuem said...

P.S. I hear you on the disconnect between real life and passion. I once booked a very exciting harp gig while carrying two huge bags of cat litter into the house...

April 9, 2009 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

I'm going to learn to hand-process a bunch of it. Most will be sent to a small wool mill though to be made into yarn and blankets.

Maude will never know cheer.

April 9, 2009 at 12:51 PM  
Anonymous Margaret S said...

I located your blog yesterday and am enjoying reading all the previous entries.

I love to spin, knit, weave, etc, but washing and carding dirty wool is not my idea of a good time. See if your processor can send you clean roving, and then you can enjoy the spinning without the washing.

April 9, 2009 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Is the price of wool as low in the states as it is in Canada? Hardly anyone that I know with sheep does anything with the wool because it's not even worth the effort to sell it... which is too bad. If ever I get some sheep, that'll be my pet project!

April 9, 2009 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

I've made MANY such phone calls from my desk at the office - I folks are just used to it now. :)

(And I didn't think that sheep looked like Frank the Bunny until you said so, and now it does. Creepy.)

April 9, 2009 at 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its not so hard to shear. I learned by watching a youtube and then having a friend help me hold the first few sheep. If you can split the cost of the shears with some sheepy friends its really well worth doing it yourself. It gets done when you want- not on someone else schedule.

Wool quality may suffer, tho, until you figure it out. But having someone show you how to do is a big step.

April 9, 2009 at 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I could be there to see Maude's face when the shearer pulls her back onto her rump in an undignified manner and starts shaving her.....

April 9, 2009 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger kadfoto said...

You're fun and inspiring! I just found your blog through an article in Mother Earth News. Good stuff. Good stuff indeed.

April 9, 2009 at 6:25 PM  
Blogger KlevaBich said...

Ah, nothing like a fresh haircut for summer!

Thank you so much for this blog site. You're living the life that one of my many alter-egos would LOVE to live! I am strongly considering at least getting chickens for my suburban backyard, so that's a start.

April 9, 2009 at 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Woo hoo! You should definitely have a sheep shearing party :)

BTW, I know I don't comment much, but I just want to let you know that reading Cold Antler Farm is a treasured part of my day - every time I visit I feel like I'm kicking back with a good buddy at the end of a hard day's work; so thanks for that.

April 9, 2009 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger Urban Hideaway Guesthouse said...

I wonder what that person is doing, in the left corner of the sheep picture. ;)

Love your blog, love your book! Very inspiring, thanks for sharing, it spreads hope and joy.

April 10, 2009 at 3:24 AM  
Blogger Connie said...

That sheep looks like he was assembled by committee!

April 11, 2009 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger becca jo said...

why are you wearing that ridiculous sheep suit?

why are you wearing that ridiculous man suit?

April 13, 2009 at 5:39 PM  
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