Friday, February 17, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Collecting Tibetan Mastiff, part 2

I spent more time with Nobu over the weekend.


She wasn't really in the mood, so we only spent about 30 minutes.  Can you read the "Are we done yet?" look on her face?  ;-)


I collected 3 ounces of fur, making a two-week total of 6 5/8 ounces collected.


Not sure if you can tell from the after photo, but she still has a good amount of fur to blow on her britches and collar/mane/chest area.  Another week or two, and she should be done shedding for the year.

What have you been up to?

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Collecting Tibetan Mastiff Fur

I have received a few questions recently about how much yarn someone would be able to collect from their Tibetan Mastiff.

At about the same time Nobu had started to blow her coat.  It appears that shedding season is early for many TM people in the northern hemisphere.  ;-)

Last weekend, about two weeks into Nobu's shed, I spent some time grooming her:

Before:



After:


You can see in the before photo that I've missed out on collecting a lot of her coat.  But after about 40 minutes, I had trimmed her toes, checked her ears and teeth, and collected about 3.5 oz of fur.

I think she looks much better.


I only collected the body fur.  The tail and britches, while absolutely useful, are more coarse so I am not saving it.  I have more than enough fleece and fur to work with.  ;-)

What have you been up to?

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!


Friday, February 3, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Pink!

As a general rule, I'm not a fan of pink.


But some things are more important than preferences.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Alpacamundo Monday: Hay Delivery

Generally my biggest concern with owning livestock is hay.

Our place is not big enough, nor do we own the equipment to grow and bale our own at a reasonable cost.  So while we do let our alpaca graze the field in the summer, we buy most of their forage.


A couple of years ago I connected with a local farmer that produces a high-quality hay, that is suitable for alpaca, at a fair price.


I'm grateful that he is able to deliver small bales (~65-lbs each) multiple times a year.

The small bales are more expensive for him to produce, but they are easier for us to handle.  He brings the hay on a flat-bed trailer and then stacks it in our barn... This is a huge benefit for us.


I'm happy to say that hay is less of a concern than it used to be.  This load should last into May.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Washing Fleece

Last July a friend came over to select some fleeces for a class she would be teaching February.  It was possibly the hottest day of the year.

She didn't need the fleeces until January.  So I offered to skirt and wash them.  Five fleeces, Six months.  No problem.  Right?

Well...  In between the many other things...  I am done skirting, but I am still washing, and drying.


Since it's winter, the fleece is drying faster in the bathroom than outside.  But "fast" is a relative term.

Between my office and our bathroom, our place looks like a fleece factory.


I will make my deadline, but it will be close.  I'm very thankful for Hubba's patience.

What have you been up to?

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!



Saturday, January 21, 2017

First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.