They will pick up some chaff from the floor on the area we call "the butt poof" and some on the back of the neck. Our feeders are really good but there's no way to protect that area other than put a show hood over their heads and that's unnecessarily extreme. Only the locks on the back of their necks suffer some - what's under their throat is often clean and lovely.
Now that everyone is safe from contamination we started feeding out in the 'picnic area' again - that's the hay feeder Andy constructed in the old feed bunk. Some of the young, athletic ewes jump up from the backside and eat out of the manger.
Some of the geriatric girls and the rams are still without coats. The ewes I had to order a few more of certain sizes for. The rams are still enjoying going outside for a morning apple party followed by grazing so I don't want to coat them until they are solely "barned up" and on hay.
Another item ticked off the list is the Oxford rug punching kit I learned on when I went to the school earlier this month. I finished it and am think it's a decent first effort.
I'm pleased with how it came out. Despite how simple it looks the pattern teaches you borders, shapes, curves, filling in areas, the stitch gauge you should try to attain in various areas, how to make dots..... and how to stray off the instructions. I didn't care for the navy and white marbled yarn they included for the sheep so I substituted some of my gray handspun which was languishing without purpose in a bin. I also wasn't jazzed with the random squiggles all over the sheep so I reduced it to just a few along the back. If anyone is inclined to try an Oxford kit you will get the foundation fabric with pattern drawn on (they have hundreds), yarn in very generous quantities, and a boxed punch tool with a stitch gauge and small (20+ pages) instruction book. The bigger book on the left I purchased on Ebay and it's really super. You can easily get by with the small pamphlet that comes with the punch needle but the bigger book is so pretty and full of pictures and information that you should get a copy if you can.
The next project that needs attention is a guild spin-and-knit along. For this one, those members who want to participate brought in 4 ounces of ready to spin wool - roving or batts were OK as long as the fiber was clean and carded in some manner. The fiber was sorted by the project organizers and put into piles and then
Alrighty, then. We are to spin yarn by combining these rovings in any way we choose and then knit something using That Nice Stitch. Hmmm. Put opposites against each other so they all pop? Try to blend those in the same color family? If my goal is to keep the colors unadulterated I should chain ply.... which I don't usually like the feel of.....but if I spin and ply the yarn back on itself I will totally randomize the colors which might not be too bad although I don't usually like striped yarns. I do like all the colors.... by themselves. This will take some thought. The project is due in May so I can't dither too long.
"When the sun comes out in late November you should stop, drop and enjoy it. You can think about stuff later."
What a smart dog!