Bags of wool and boxes of bumps. That’s what I’ve been dealing with since yesterday. I sat down at the desk in my office, aka guest room, at 9am and with only a few breaks to feed myself and the animals and run to the post office, I was still there at 9pm. And what fun it’s been.
I put the Bedlam Farm yarn and roving up for sale on my blog Sunday night. It was a double batch, a spring and fall shearing and I had about 95 skeins of wool and about 20 bumps for sale. I still have 5 bumps from Deb, Pumpkin and Socks but the rest of it is sold. I’m in a bit of shock that it all went so quickly.
And I’ve got a pretty good system for sorting it out and getting it in the mail. It’s amazing what you can do with a computer, a printer, a dymo label maker and some padded envelopes and boxes. Good thing I have all that room on the guest bed to spread things out. And I had Red to keep me company. A rare thing for sure. Jon was away all day at Joshua’s hearing so Red stayed home with me. He laid on his bed for hours never complaining. As a treat at feeding time, I opened the back gate and let him herd the sheep into the back pasture. I think we both had a good day.
Skirting the wool last fall was so difficult because of all the burdock and seeds caught in it, I was thinking it might not be worth having the wool made into yarn. But now I can see there is such a demand for it. It make me appreciate the sheep and my life with them all the more.
I was surprised by the changes in the wool. Suzy’s was such a beautiful gray and Socks was a deep rich brown. The difference in the colors since the last shearing was remarkable. For some reason I hadn’t expected them to change from year to year. But Deb from the Vermont Fiber Mill wasn’t surprised. She said they can change in color, length and softness.
Okay, I have some more orders to fill and some more bags and boxes to pack. I’m hoping to get back in my studio tomorrow, but I have to say, it’s been an exciting couple of days.