One more before-and-after – this one from the Funny Farm and shearing The Hairy One.
OK, I am no pro at shearing – in fact, I’m pretty bad at it – but I can basically get the job done. With some help holding the “handles” (i.e., horns) during the process.
Since a few have asked – Elmer (and the former Ruby Pearl) are Angora goats. The fiber they produce, however, is not angora – it’s mohair. In the past I have had some of the fleeces spun into some very lovely yarn. But the truth is – it’s not worth the expense and hassle (the fleece is a nasty pain to wash/clean, and the spinery I used had a very lengthy turn around time and was awfully expensive). In the end, unless I decided to buy a spinning wheel and do it myself (nope), I can typically buy finished mohair yarn cheaper than what I can have made from our own fleece.
I had also sent some of the longest and curliest cleaned locks to a friend in MO who did some brilliant Santa Claus sculptures. I got a couple of really neat Santas out of the deal.
A final fiber fact … Angora goats produce mohair. And Angora rabbits produce – yep, you guessed it – angora. (We have one of those too. But sorry, no Angora yarn).
(And I promise – no more goofy non-bicycle stuff next post!)