Flicker’s Lair Blog

Posts Tagged ‘fleece’

First shearing attempts

June 24th, 2010 by Heidi

Our plan this year was to roo our sheep, or at least as many as possible, and then to decide what to do about anyone left who wasn’t ‘roo-able’. We made pretty good progress but have a couple whose fleece needed a little more encouragement.


Boys, boys, boys!

April 14th, 2010 by Heidi

It can be very difficult to decide what to do with boys! Deciding if they are up to breeding standard – and really that means they have to be pretty much perfect. If they are, should they be kept for breeding here, or sold? If they aren’t, is their fleece worth keeping them around as a wether or do they need to make that final trip to the freezer?


What a funny looking new dog!

April 6th, 2010 by Heidi

We were very lucky to have many helpers over the last few days which has meant that we have been able to get 16 of the sheep rooed.


Shetland fleeces for sale

February 22nd, 2010 by Heidi

Living on a single salary has really taken some getting used to and I don’t know I can say for certain that we really have yet. We are still sure of our decision for me to stay home and mind the farm, but we really need to get the farm to start contributing to rather than draining finances.


Carding Hopeful Maria

February 1st, 2010 by Heidi

I have been very lucky that my new friend and mentor Elizabeth the Hilltop Fibreworker has very kindly has lent me a drum carder. Which has meant I have been able to carry on with carding fleece for myself at home.


Fibre preparation – skirting & washing

January 25th, 2010 by Heidi

In the last two years I have found myself with many new teachers, all of whom I am grateful for. But especially important are a couple of ladies I consider my ‘mentors’ – Tammy of Kalwa Taure Shetlands and Elizabeth the Hilltop Fibreworker. They provided me with the following instructions for how to skirt and wash fleeces.


Fibre arts

January 11th, 2010 by Heidi

There has been a lot of fibre arts going on around here lately and boy am I having fun! Thanks need to go to Cheryl who suggested learning to spin! Spinning class not only resulted in us learning to spin, but also in new friends, me starting to learn to knit and weave, and to the possibility of the sheep earning their keep.


Fleecy goodness

December 14th, 2009 by Heidi

While I was out learning to spin on Saturday Steve was busy at home building me a skirting table. I wasn’t allowed to try it out when I got home though as Steve didn’t want me skirting in the house.