Friday, May 11, 2012

Fiber Arts Friday: Slowly but Surely

Now that it's shearing season, my progress continues to be slow on my Challah Socks... but there is progress.  See, it now has TWO life lines.  :-)


I had four shearing clients over the weekend.  This was my first time having multiple clients in the same day.  I am happy to say I was on time for all of my clients.  But now I certainly understand why the utility folks will only give appointment windows rather than specific times since both of my afternoon clients took longer than expected.

One of my clients was a family not too far from our house.  They have only one alpaca who was given to them after his best alpaca buddy was killed by a coyote.  So he was an only alpaca who had not had any grooming for at least two years.  The family got him a donkey (who was also a rescue) for a best friend.  And the two of them are very much besties.  When we brought Graham out for shearing, the donkey brayed for his friend.  I could not stop laughing until he finally decided we were not hurting Graham and went on to do whatever donkeys do.

We then got Graham ready for shearing and the mom started joking with the daughters about how I could give him a poodle cut... well, next thing I know they decided he needed a Mohawk and their mom agreed.

photo courtesy of Graham's family

Have a great Fiber Arts Friday!

16 comments:

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

Challah is looking good! And I love the mohawk, LOL!

Truly Myrtle said...

Isn't he a fantastic colour? Caramel/carob - delicious. A beautiful sweater whatever!!!!

Sarah JS said...

Do love that Mohawk! Thanks for the giggle toward the start of my day.

Its_Lily said...

Aw, he looks adorable with his mohawk.

Carol said...

Your sock looks great - should be nice and warm.

WonderWhyGal said...

Hooray for getting in the shearing groove. Your sock looks great and good for you using the lifeline. It's a lesson I need to start learning.

Spinster Beth said...

Those are amazing socks. I hope you aren't going to hide them under shoes!

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Very funny! I love that he has a donkey as a best friend!

oak haven alpacas said...

love the mohawk :)


Cara

Carrie Duvall said...

Love the Mohawk, I am looking forward to the poodle cut.

With All The Am
Carrie "The Handmade Homemaker"h

Vivian said...

Love Graham's story. I didn't know a coyote can take down an alpaca, that's sad. Glad Graham has a bestie, tho the image of a mohawk-headed alpaca hanging around with a donkey is pretty funny.

Dutch Hollow said...

Wow 4 shearing clients on one day?! Gosh I'm a slacker. I like to keep mine small scale, no farms over 10 alpacas and I'd prefer to keep it to 1 farm a day.

LOL Nice mowhawk.

FYI that sock is too pretty to ever wear in a shoe!

city garden country garden said...

I've really been enjoying your blog Kathryn, and have learnt quite a bit about alpacas! I was recently given an award and would like to pass it on to you. You can check out the details here: http://citygardencountrygarden.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/some-blog-loving.html

Kathryn Ray said...

Thanks all. :-)

I have a pair of Mary Jane's that I think my sock(s) will look good it. :-)

@Vivian - I never really thought so either, but this is the second case I've heard of and alpaca dying from a coyote attack since we've been back in Colorado.

@DutchHollow - 4 clients in 2 days, for a total of 12 alpacas over the weekend. I prefer to do one client a day as well, but in these cases the afternoon clients on were both very small.

Voie de Vie said...

Lol!!! I'm with Vivian - too bad there wasn't a pic with the two of them hanging out.

Good on you for your new-found shearing clients. Have a productive shearing season!

Pooch said...

Beautiful-beautiful sock pattern! As for Graham, he's ready for hot weather now!

:)