Raising up our babies

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My baby sheep

These are baby sheep, that I hand raised, even in a 

baby playpen in my house. Initially bottle fed 3-4 times a day, 

til started on grains.

Lambs are weaned off milk by 13 weeks. By the time our lambs are 13 weeks old, they are generally completely free of milk and transitioned into a diet of hay, feed, grass, and water. We gradually decrease feedings starting at 5 to 6 weeks.

All grown up

The wool grows quickly, and most lambs can be shorn at around 6-8 months of age; although typically lambs are shorn for the first time at around one year of age. While most breeds are shorn annually thereafter, a few of the faster-wool-growing breeds (with generally coarser wool) are shorn every 6 months.

Shearing

In 2013, the average sheep in the U.S. produced 7.3 lbs. of grease wool. Fleece weights vary by breed, genetics, and shearing interval. Shearing is usually done in the spring, so sheep don't 

get overheated in the summer. 

Preferably, sheep are sheared prior to lambing.

Shearing sheep, which means removing their wool with electric or manual clippers, is no easy task. It's hot, dirty and time consuming, but it's a necessity if you raise sheep. Most sheep breeds need to be sheared at least once a year, although some breeds have wool that grows faster and need shearing twice a year.

Shearing

 is the process by which the woollen fleece of a sheep is cut off. THIS DOES NOT HURT THE SHEEP, in fact they quite enjoy being a little lighter for the summer months. The person who removes the sheep's wool is called a shearer.  The annual shearing most often occurs in a shearing shed, a facility especially designed to process often hundreds and sometimes more than 3,000 sheep per day.

Shorn sheep tolerate frosts well, but young sheep especially will suffer in cold, wet windy weather (even in cold climate summers). In this event they are shedded for several nights until the weather clears. Some sheep may also be shorn with stud combs which leave more wool on the animal, giving greater protection.

Sheep shearing is also considered a sport with competitions held around the world.[citation needed] It is often done between spring and summers

Shearing

Sheep don't like the shearing process itself; just like for us it's a long, stressful day. But they definitely like being shorn. The sheep feel the same way after being shorn as someone shaving the beard off after a long time does: a bit naked, a bit cold, but mostly relieved, cleaner and lighter.

After teasing and carding the wool, it has to be spun to make yarn.

One thread is pulled out of the carded fleece and twisted. The twisting makes other threads join it to form a strong yarn. The yarn is then wound on a stick. The stick is called a spindle. Lots of different types of fibers can be used for spinning. Wool, silk, and cotton are used to create yarn. Ropes, cords and fishing lines can be spun out of other tough, woody fibers.

There are different kinds of spindles. A hand spindle or drop spindle is a short, straight stick with a weight at one end. The weight is known as a whorl and can be made out of wood, clay or rock. It can be placed at the top or bottom of the spindle. The whorl gives momentum to the stick as it is whirled. The stick is notched at one end to catch the thread. The spindle can be twisted by hand with the whorl hanging above the ground, or it can be rolled along the spinner's thigh. With a drop spindle, the spinner begins whirling the spindle at chest height. The thread is formed as gravity pulls the spindle to the ground.

A spinning wheel has a spindle with a wheel to keep it spinning. The spinner pumps a foot pedal or treadle to make the wheel turn. A band around the wheel drives the spindle. The spinner pulls the threads away from the spindle to create the yarn.

Wool CardingThis is the process of brushing the wool fibres to organize them. It creates a continuous web of fibres that can be layed out flat into batting, rolled into rovings, or split into spinning rolls.

Spinning is an ancient textile art in which plant, animal or synthetice fibres are drawn out and twisted together to form yarn. For thousands of years, fibre was spun by hand using simple tools, the spindle and distaff.

100% hand made woolen hats, knitted and felted from sheeps wool and mohair, each hat is uniquely decorated. No two are alike.

Very easy to care for, hand wash and dry over a plastic bowl or return to me and I will wash and return for a minimal fee.

Felted wool starts the process as a wool or wool blend woven fabric. To make something “felt” (a verb) or “felted” (an adjective) implies washing a pre-woven, or knitted, wool or wool blend fabric in hot water to agitate it and force the fibers to lock making it impossible to untangle or loosen the fibers.

This particular green is Merino, Mohair and rabbit fur. 


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After they're washed, I take them out and they drain on a rack on an absorbent cloth.

Once they've drained sufficiently, I shape them and then put them in a case where they dry.

Once dry, I decorate them with embroidery stitching and - 

or eyelash yarn.