We are having quite a bit of fun. Denny, with zero fetching instinct in his body, can be made to go fetch his bone for about five times, before he flips me the bird. No really. I really have to build him up, before I throw the bone, so that he goes after it, but after said five times, he takes it away, lys down somewhere outside my reach, and gives me the look that says, next time you throw that freaking bone, you get it yourself. And he's just that pup using that kind of language!
Happy however loves to fetch, but not like Biko did, not even close. She never had enough of fetching. He brings back the ball about ten times, before he goes to ly down in a cool spot (or jumps into the pool if available). It used to worry me, and we asked the Vet if his heart is alright, which it is. He just doesn't have the stamina, but he's a great sprinter.
my pretty boy
Denny the digger. We wonder what breeds are in him, not just Australian Cattle dog, and Shepherd, but I'm sure there's some Terrier in him as well. We think he's also got monkey, muskrat, goat, dove, fish otter, crocodile (he's got the death roll thing down pat), and squirrel in him. Plus he would make Houdini proud, the way he's escaping from anywhere except the locked crate.
The pictures were taken before we closed the pool. Here he's wet, straight out of the pool, getting breaded with dirt.
After all that extremely colorful fiber I've spun lately, I needed something more natural. I've got some 200g Massam (or Masham) fiber from Shunklies. Never heard of it before that, so I wanted to give it a try.
The Masham, pronounced massam, is a cross of Teeswater or Wensleydale ram with Dalesbred or Swaledale ewes. The fleece is very long and lustrous, and the breed is found mainly in the north of England. The fleece is suited to combing due to its length, and is used in specialty products due to its limited availability. The fineness varies from approx. 38 - 44 microns and length approx. 150-380mm.
It was easy to spin, even though it had lots of veggy matter, and some guard hair in it. I tried to pick it out as I went. It turned out a little lumpy, pumpy, but I like rustic yarn. I'm not sure if I should put natural spun fiber in my shop in the future. Would there be any interest?
I've got 2 skeins from the 200g I had. A total of 200yds. I think it's light worsted weight yarn (guesstimate) While spinning it did not smell of anything, but when I put the skeins into the bath, there was brown water, and it smelled of barn, not of sheep. It really IS rustic, but it feels drapey, and has some luster.
I'm also working on some Shetland mix fiber, very interesting as far as I can tell. More about that when it's done.