I'm continuing with my progress in my Tour de Fleece goals. My goal was to finish spinning the blue "Bunny Blend", and maybe even get around to plying it. I have a second bag with 6 oz of fiber, also 60/40 merino/angora, from Oasis Farm Fiber Mill, that I picked up at Rhinebeck last year. When I finish the Bunny Blend I'm planning on doing that next. (I just realized that both of those businesses are in Maine!)
I have finished two bumps (one ounce each) of the Bunny Blend, and am now working on the third (and last). The first two are on one bobbin; the third is being spun on a bobbin with a home-made "fat core". I found that foam pipe insulation with a 3/4" opening fits nicely on my Schacht bobbins. I'm at least halfway through the third bump now, and it's being spun laceweight.
I've had a few interruptions in my spinning concentration. About 2 weeks ago I went up to Vermont, and came home with two Shetland lambs.
They are joining three other sheep, borrowed from a friend for a summer vacation in my pasture, to help keep the grass down. The goats were not keeping up with it, and having a few sheep here is infinitely better than having to mow it. My friend has no pasture, so it's a win-win - her sheep eat my grass, and she doesn't have to buy extra hay while they're here!
I've also traded some bunnies. Lola went to another friend, in exchange for two buff-colored (fawn?) babies. She had a surprise litter, and ended up with all buff-colored bunnies, and wanted something different. Now I have all buff-colored bunnies, but I'm okay with that. Bunny total is up to four - Oliver, who is probably about 2-1/2 years old; Gus, who is just over 1 year old; and the two new ones, Boomer and Sparky (no gender identification yet) who are about 11 weeks old now.
And the last, and most recent addition, also 11 weeks old - Penny!
She is a red tri Australian shepherd! I picked her up Wednesday evening, and she's settling in nicely - or at least as well as can be expected. She whines sometimes, no doubt missing her mom & siblings; and crate training is always interesting. I took her out to the barn with me this morning, rather than let her howl in her crate while the rest of the house is still asleep. She did very well, attempted to help me "herd" a goat back to her stall after milking, and got to drink some fresh goat milk!
I am amazed at the Border collies. They have been very helpful, bringing her toys, showing her the way out (across the deck) to the dog yard... Remy has been trying to get her to play tug! So cute! (I need to try to get a picture of that!) Zoey has been showing her around. Tag! Come this way! Only River is not happy about the new baby, and he's not a dominant dog, so I'm sure he'll adjust. (He's not mean, just growls at her - warning her to leave him alone, I'm sure!)