I saw a sheep herding dog in action today, and it was spectacular.
When they shear the sheep, they try to keep the wool in one piece. The hair was quite dirty with mostly straws, dirt, and grass tangled up, but I guess the sheep don't mind it at all. The trick is to make sure the sheep is comfortable and just do it fast! I guess it is normal for the sheep to get cut. This is because there are nerve endings on their skins, but they are not supposed to feel the pain. When the sheep do get cut, people on the farm will spray this special blue liquid over the cut. It's an antiseptic and prevents flies from laying eggs on that spot. Ewwww! I guess you learn something new everyday.
See the sheep in the middle there? This is the "after" picture. She was twice as big before her hair cut.
The farm also has booths demoing how they dye, weave, and process these fibers into yarn. Let's just say I now have so much more appreciation for the balls of yarn already available for purchase at the store. The farm dyes these fibers with things they find on the farm: black walnut hulls, eucalyptus bark, lichen, jack-o-lantern mushrooms, etc.
I find the black walnuts so beautiful.
OK, this looks nothing like yarn!?
And of course, before I left, I had to pick up these organic eggs!
I finished blocking the Live Oak Shawl yesterday, I hope to take some pictures of it tomorrow. I need to pick out a good bag pattern this weekend. I need to get some fabric for it as well. I better hurry before Monday is here! Do you have a favorite bag pattern that I should check out?