2016 Shearing - Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30 am
Shearing is an exciting time of year and dry weather is always appreciated! The professional shearing team shows up early in the morning, ready to go. I typically start with the lightest animals and go towards the darkest. I'll weigh each animal, bring them to the shearing mat and then two or three handlers attach the ropes to all four feet, pull on the block and tackle system while guiding the animal to his / her side - all stretched out. No, they don't like it but everyone is safe and the process goes quickly. The best quality fleece (the blanket) is sheared off first, then neck legs, belly, brisket, tail and head. Toenails are trimmed, fighting teeth checked and trimmed if necessary and I do any required injections (CD&T and deworming.) Even the very pregnant girls are shorn as heat is more of a stressor than the shearing. The animal is reweighed to determine total annual fiber growth and then returned to his / her pen. Days after shearing, the 'pacas enjoy soaking up the vitamin D by relaxing and sleeping in the sunshine.
Machine Knitting Study Group
Sponsored by Boulder Handweavers Guild, the Machine Knitters Study group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at Rocky Mountain Christian at 9:30. We'll meet May 14, 2016 (knit weaving) and June 11, 2016. We'll decided about summer meetings later.
Location & Time
Rocky Mountain Christian Church
9447 Niwot Road
Niwot, CO 80503
Park on the east side of the building and enter through the doors marked "Gymnasium." We meet in Room 227 on the 2nd floor and there is an elevator for those that need it.