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Shanti
April 9th, 2009, 04:44 PM
I decided to have a new thread for shearing.
It took about an hour with little breaks so Inara doesnt get tired.
I didnt do a great job because not stressing pregnant Inara was more important to me and her than making her shearing pretty.
Also I am disabled and cant stand long so everything I do is done on the ground as much as possible. :)

First the shearers. Always clean and oil them before you begin.
Set the teeth! New shears come with the teeth set to close to the cutter edge and you will nick up an animals real bad if not adjusted.

This is a top view before adjusting. The tips are to close together.
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p197/ShantiVeritas/shearing%20sheep/one.jpg

This is after adjustment and the teeth are pushed forward.
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p197/ShantiVeritas/shearing%20sheep/three.jpg

This is the back view before adjusting.
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p197/ShantiVeritas/shearing%20sheep/two.jpg

After adjusting.
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p197/ShantiVeritas/shearing%20sheep/four.jpg

Ok now the shearers are adjusted with new teeth and cutter and all oiled up...on with the shearing!



Getting the front.
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p197/ShantiVeritas/shearing%20sheep/002.jpg

A lot of wool from just one small area. :)
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p197/ShantiVeritas/shearing%20sheep/005.jpg

Filling up the bag already!
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p197/ShantiVeritas/shearing%20sheep/006.jpg

Looking funny!
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p197/ShantiVeritas/shearing%20sheep/010.jpg

Lost a little more toward the rear. :)
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p197/ShantiVeritas/shearing%20sheep/019.jpg

Time to get that rump and back legs!
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p197/ShantiVeritas/shearing%20sheep/020.jpg

The flip for the chest and front legs.
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p197/ShantiVeritas/shearing%20sheep/025.jpg

"Almost done Inara!"
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p197/ShantiVeritas/shearing%20sheep/026.jpg

All done with that hair cut!
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p197/ShantiVeritas/shearing%20sheep/030.jpg

But...one last thing...the annual CDT shot booster!
Tent the skin and give the shot under the skin.
I like behind the shoulder as the skin is thinner and pulls up easy.
Pull back on the plunger and if you get air bubbles, your perfect.
If you get nothing, your in the skin layers or muscle, pull out and try again.
If you get blood your in a vein and pull out immediately and pick a different area to try again.
I use a 21g needle.
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p197/ShantiVeritas/shearing%20sheep/031.jpg

And always rub it in real good the critter doesn't get an injection lump. Remember to kiss the nose before putting your critter back in its pen. ;)
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p197/ShantiVeritas/shearing%20sheep/032.jpg

Sheep pictures are courtesy my 10yr old daughter, Cricket.
Thank you hon. :)

watersprite
April 9th, 2009, 04:59 PM
I bet Momma goat will feel better and less weighed down.
Do you wash it and weave it? or do you know someone who does? That would be some beautiful sweater or throw wool.

Chaos Hawk
April 9th, 2009, 05:03 PM
what a difference! I especially like the one where she is 1/2 shorn lol

Shanti
April 9th, 2009, 05:07 PM
I bet Momma goat will feel better and less weighed down.
Do you wash it and weave it? or do you know someone who does? That would be some beautiful sweater or throw wool.
Its a sheep! :toofless:

I spin my own fibers for my yarns. I wash it after spinning and plying as my fibers are fairly clean off the critter except for some hay and debris that gets carded out.
I make all sorts of things for my family. I knit mostly.

Cunae
April 9th, 2009, 05:14 PM
That kiss on the nose is always the most important step after the hard work is done!

Beautiful wool, btw. Can you photograph the process for it now?

Shanti
April 9th, 2009, 05:16 PM
That kiss on the nose is always the most important step after the hard work is done!

Beautiful wool, btw. Can you photograph the process for it now?
The process of turning the raw wool into yarn?

Cunae
April 9th, 2009, 05:19 PM
The process of turning the raw wool into yarn?

Spining it into the yarn. You will do that part, right?

watersprite
April 9th, 2009, 05:19 PM
Its a sheep! :toofless:

I spin my own fibers for my yarns. I wash it after spinning and plying as my fibers are fairly clean off the critter except for some hay and debris that gets carded out.
I make all sorts of things for my family. I knit mostly.

I am sorry, I got distracted. It's amazing how talented you are! I am impressed. You are one of those families that is part of the solution, not part of the problem. Gaia would be so pleased!

Shanti
April 9th, 2009, 05:24 PM
I am sorry, I got distracted. It's amazing how talented you are! I am impressed. You are one of those families that is part of the solution, not part of the problem. Gaia would be so pleased!I try as hard as I can to respect and care for our earth mother.

Thank you. Its not talent, just necessity. If I cant shear and care for my animals, I cant have them since I cant afford to hire another to do it. And personally, I wouldn't want someone else caring for them. I like the responsibility. Heck I dont even like others touching them! LOL
I think, 'what diseases are you carrying?'. Cant help it. I am a worry wart. :weirdsmil

Shanti
April 9th, 2009, 05:27 PM
Spining it into the yarn. You will do that part, right?
Sure!! I can take pics and explain how I care for the raw wool and get it ready for spinning and etc.

I dont have any now I am working on, been busy spinning alpaca for a blanket for my mate, but next week I have my dear Sheepski, who passed, I have her wool I have to prepare.

Hers needs prewashing too.

I can do that. I'll start another thread for raw wool processing.

My way though is the cheap way. I cant afford fancy carding machines or anything. Everything I do is by hand and done for next to nothing. It takes longer but the end result is the same, nice wool and nice yarn. :)

Cindlady2
April 10th, 2009, 07:47 AM
Cool.... I would love to see that too.

And Cricket is getting very good with the camera! Thank her for us!

alwaysfallingup
April 10th, 2009, 12:07 PM
This is great! I love how soft she looks afterward...