As you can see from the picture Ghilli (the fawn alpaca) and Grommet (the white alpaca) have both been shorn.
The weather the day or so before the shearer arrived had been wet and low cloud, so the boys had to be put into the barn to try and keep dry, or at least not get any wetter than they already were. They were not impressed!! They were even less impressed when the shearer arrived into the late afternoon, by which time the day had turned decidedly chilly and it take 24 - 48 hours for their skins to "fatten" up after being sheared, so they had to spend a 3rd night in the barn. The following morning, they couldn't wait to be released. Despite the time spent in the barn Ghilli's fleece was still wet that I had to dry it out overnight on the floor of the utility room. Next stop for their fleeces will be Woolfest to be handed over to the owners of the processing mill I use to be turned into knitting wool for a change.
Holly Dog has also had her hair cut, she goes to her hairdressers every 3 months to be clipped. This time her hairdresser used a new shampoo on Holly, all the way from Italy especially for white dogs. What this picture doesn't show very well is that Holly is very white, in fact whiter that white. She's been given the nick name of "Daz Dog".
More news on Sunday, I'm helping out at one of the local farms tomorrow wrapping fleeces whilst their 150+ sheep are being sheared. It will be very hot and sticky work, not to say noisy from the sheep.
Perth Festival of Yarn, and a bit of dyeing
5 weeks ago