Technically, they are now weanlings, but they are still my babies! Nearly a week ago, the four crias born in 2012 spent their first night separated from their mothers! They are doing fine, but still cry after evening chores when they don’t get to go back with their moms! Normally, the mothers would wean the crias themselves, but since I didn’t re-breed them, they have less interest in weaning.
I’m already thinking about shearing and took some pictures of the crias who be shorn for the first time this spring. I created a poster of these pictures to put in the Anoka Fiber Arts Co-op to give spinners a chance to snag one of these fleeces come shearing day. Here is your chance!
This was the first born:
This is Francine. Her fiber is lovely. Warm dark brown. But this photo is just to tempt you. Her fleece is already spoken for!
Max has shiny white fiber. It is quite fine and by spring will have a really long staple. Either left white or dyed, this would spin into wonderful yarn.
Stellar’s fiber has a nice crimp and is a little darker than Johnny’s. This will be a nice fleece for spinning, too.
And our last:
Johnny B has the best fiber of the four crias. It is very crimpy and an even light fawn in color. His fiber seems to be quite dense, so should shear a good amount of fiber despite being smaller than the others.
And there they are. My babies are growing up! If you are interested in reserving one of the boys’ fleeces, just let me know. We’ll be shearing the end of April.