Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Knitting and Traveling

I'm knitting Harvey a little carrot curtain, that I modified from the book Pet Projects. I made it smaller since I didn't want to buy anymore black yarn, and it's kind of going to be a decorative flag for his habitat.

I will finish it while flying to Egypt this week. I'm not sure what kind of care instructions to leave my mom. Billy is much easier, even though he has just tested positive AGAIN for anaplasmosis :(

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tuesday Doldrums

Tuesdays are the worst. Well, Harvey is starting to grow again. It's nice to have a short-haired situation some of the time. It will be good for my mom who will be taking care of him while I'm in EGYPT next week! I'm not really sure if the best situation is to leave him at the apartment, or bring him to my parents, since he's really a new roommate of mine. I'm not sure if it will confuse him and if Bailey, the rambunctious cocker spaniel will bother him.

I asked my mom for a drop spindle for Christmas, and my plan is to take the first harvest I have and blend it with wool roving from Iron Horse Farm in MA. It might not be a purist way to go, but I'm not overly obsessed with the 100% angora look and I want to get to spinning!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Haircut!

Harv's begun to shed and I combed him for a couple hours to no end, then this morning I just decided to shear him. He's so young that I guess his hair won't be prime for spinning for a couple more months. I left him a good little coat that I'll groom since it's cold here now. And I gave him a break before I started his belly. Not so sure that's going to go well. DIY disaster maybe!

I'm dying to spin some crazy shit. In the meantime, check out the book Intertwined.

Before (well actually a few weeks ago because he hates the camera):
 Now just chillen, spotted little cow!:

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Do we have shedding?

I didn't realize Harvey's hair had gotten so long since I got him. I chopped a little off his face so I could see his schnoz, and while combing today I got about a full ziploc full of wool. I'm debating if I should spend more time combing him tomorrow or shear away.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Holy Cow, Feathers!

Doing some research to briefly touch on feathers and silk in my thesis intro, and yuck.

Goose down feathers are [usually] harvested by scalding the goose in burning water while it's alive, before it is slaughtered! Sometimes you just innocently think they would naturally be harvested when they are shed, however after trying to harvest shedding angora wool, it is such a pain in the ass. So now I imagine this came about for factory efficiency.

I'm also finding it hard to come across concrete evidence that silk worms don't feel pain in the chrysalis stage (when they are boiled traditionally for silk cocoon threads)... onward to more research.