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Yarn Talk, the book
Narratives Of The Sheep Family

Every year the new lambs bring entertainment and appreciation of their variety in color, breed, and the games they play. Here are recent photos.

Also see Pics from the Camps for many shots of the groups who have visited.

            

In this pic - Panda- 9 days old; Pansy & Shamois - 5 days old.

 

"Say, I got sheared and had twins all in the same day. These are my boys, LingLi & Panda."

   
Then came the girls, Pansy & Shamois. Altho mom is very attentive, she can't feed them. So it's back to bottle-feeding.
Ahhhh.... sublime.

 

 


"Just how close do you think you're coming?"



Meet CinnamonPat,

a few hours old in these photos. She came on St. Patrick's Day, and surprised me by suddenly being there, strong and healthy, and jumping around the woods on her first day.

Strange coloring, coming from two white parents. Maybe Swee'Pea was keeping company with a racoon?


Meet, Mom, Swee'Pea. She was last year's bottle-baby (pic: below center) and gave us a big surprise when she was the first to lamb this year.

Meet Dad, Biscuit, March '10. (see him as a baby below). His horns have grown, his wool has grown, and his attitude definitely has gotten a little scarier. Some rams will butt little ones, but Biscuit is great with the lambs and takes his role as daddy-guard in stride.

   Swee'Pea was used to being close and fed by hand and so is much more comfortable with me and the camera nearby.    Biscuit is not! But he doesn't mind hanging around the background.

 

Meet Biscuit
June '08
Biscuit is a Shetland, a new addition who is very different from my previous lambs. He's got horns, and luscious white wool, but still pint size. He arrived just in time for the summer field trips. The kids enjoyed being with all the lambs.

 

    Thank goodness she's not using our wool in the clothes she makes. I'd rather keep my coat,
thank you very much. (BUT, the new lambs have yet to experience the heat of a Florida summer; they'll be so thankful for a haircut.) Following are pics of past spring lambs,
followed by pics of the shearing process.

Dixie Belle &         Doozey & Floozey
Schnuckle Belle
(I learned of the name "Schnuckle" on the morning of her birth. It's German for "little lamb".)       

 
   Suffolk babies are born black as coal. It's a wonder their moms recognize them as their own, but sheep care more for scent than vision. New lambs and moms identify each other by scent and an orphan has a tough time being adopted unless the new mom is tricked into believing it's her own. (There are various ways of doing this, which I'll leave out now.)


Schnuckle Belle is a bottle-baby this year, but not because she's an orphan. Her mom is very attentive, but couldn't feed her.

 

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Black Jack and Dingo,
1 year ago. Black Jack is this year's lambs' daddy.


As they grow, their bodies get greyer and lighter until finally they mature with completely white bodies, coal black faces and black stockings.


Doozey & Uncle Dingo today.


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1.Shearing starts with sitting down. all in one piece.

2. Just like a haircut, wool's trimmed from neck and ears.

4. Turn over to shear the other side.
3. The fleece hangs together like a blanket and rolls off 5. All done, nice and cool.            back to top
Rams like Biscuit, with horns and LOTS of wool, take a little more time. His Shetland fleece is very long and silky.

Fleeces are collected annually and a variety of shades & textures are spun into yarns. Use handspun for knitting, crochet, and other yarn projects besides weaving. Email me for samples. See more.

 

YarnTalk, the book




"Wool. . .
        Berry Juice. . .
                Spinning Wheels. . .
                          and Hurricanes!


           All play a part in processing hand-dyed fibers. Follow SnoBelle and the other lambs as they try to figure out why some colors work and some don't. And why is Uncle PopEye's belly always green? Their view is slightly skewed, but actual processes parallel the stories.


     

 


 YarnTalk is a unique collection of imaginative tales and actual photos that have been building for some time. All names, characters, events are entirely true, almost. Tall tales allowed.

      The book covers processing of wool, vegetable dyes, spinning and weaving, and tidbits on living with sheep. As an introduction to the creative world of fiber arts, it's geared toward intermediate youth level, and I hope it will interest and encourage kids to follow up on fiberarts projects of their own.

   

    

YarnTalk comes as a hand-printed, spiral-bound book, 56 pages, with sample hand-spun yarn included. Printed with archival inks and papers. ~ $23

         To pre-order contact the author through this website or yarntalk@alicecappa.com. (Allow 3-4 weeks for printing & mailing.) Also available at art shows and workshops. See Calendar page for a full listing of events.

 

      Contents:

        1. Gramma's Yarns
        2. Soft Wool ~ Texture and Crimp
        3. Care & Handling of Sheep (BaaHa Ha Ha)
        4. What Do You Do With A Shawl?
          ...And How Did It Get That Way?
        5. Spinning Yarns ~ Verbal & Otherwise
        6. Regarding Lanolin
        7. Hurricane? What Hurricane?
        8. Regarding PopEye
        9. Blue Sheep
        10. Epilogue

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      Peek at some pages:         (These are scans of the actual pages; please give time to load.)

"Gramma's Yarns",  77 kb   
     Gramma Filene presents the questions that will drive SnoBelle's quest. And yes, she has many yarns, most of all about color....

 

 

 

 

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"Hurricane? What Hurricane?"   70 kb

     Alongside the story are illustrated notes on fibers, dyes, breeds of sheep,
texture, and most anything else
SnoBelle can think up.

Sheep-To-Shawl demos are fun.  53 kb

 

 

 

 

Sheep-To-Shawl demos
provide a whole range of fiber processes, from shearing, to spinning, to dyeing, and weaving.


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"Blue Sheep"  63kb

 

"Blue Sheep" is a true tale
involving indigo dye. (The sheep really weren't as blue as they appear here.) :-)


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