Rocking Circle P

Rocking Circle P is my small farm in Northeastern rural Utah. We're a small fruit, nut and fiber farm.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Time Marches On

I am right-handed
The last year and a half have been a time of recovery for me. May of 2017, about the middle of the month, I sheared a young ewe and accidentally cut myself with the hoof nippers. It was just a small cut on the first knuckle of my index finger. A little worse than a paper cut. I was hospitalized on June 3rd with cellulitis. Three days later I had surgery and they found my right wrist was infected with staph. Thank God it was not what is considered the bad staph, but just the normal, run-of-the-mill kind.

Then it was discovered that the antibiotics were not working very well and I had to have another surgery in October of 2017, two months of IV antibiotic therapy, and six months of oral antibiotic therapy. It is believed that the infection is gone. Leaving my hand and wrist disabled.

After a lot of healing, and a lot of physical therapy, I can finally, write, knit, crochet, and craft to my desire. My hand gets tired easy, and I have made it ache and hurt, but it heals in a a day or two.

I have been able to get a few items accomplished.

Socks and Rugs

Rebekah's Socks

These two items were the first and took a long time.

 There were times I could only knit one row before the hand would hurt and become too sore.

In-braid rug. My first one. It buckles a little.

Using t-shirt yarn and making different rugs.
Making the t-shirt yarn was most of the battle.

Ambria Socks

Pretty proud of this accomplishment. I started these socks in July 2018 and they are done by September 2018. I used to be able to make a pair of socks per month, and work on my other projects

Crochet T-shirt Rug

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Last, I have been working on this Double Knit Loom rug. This sucker is stiff and thick, and it should last forever. Each stripe represents a t-shirt.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

2016 Fiber For Sale

Good Day......  I was able to get Doc and Dandy sheared. I am going to sell the saddles from both boys. These young Rams are Shetland/Blueface Leicester mix. Dandy 's fiber has more crimp like the Blueface breed, and Doc's fiber is more like Shetland, thick and dense. I'll get a picture of Doc's crimp and length tomorrow.


Dandy's crimp and length


Friday, April 22, 2016

A New Year

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Fleece for Sale

Started shearing the sheep and have accomplished just a few.  Here is Molly Brown saddle:  Moorit in color.
Molly Brown 2013 saddle

Molly Brown 2013

Mocha 2013 - A little darker than Molly, but still a Moorit.

Mocha 2013 saddle

Mocha 2013

Blackie 2013 - This picture seems a little light.  She is a dark black/brown.  If you are considering her, I can take another picture to try and get the color.  You can see her undercoat is more grey.

Blackie 2013 saddle

Blackie 2013

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Not Much Sleep

Goldie had a white doeling at 5:00 this morning.  Had to assist just a little, she is a big girl.

Ebony had twins, one was large enough, the other quite small.  She was in panic when I got out there, so she must have had them earlier.  Lost both of them.  1st time Momma.  She's very depressed and still calling for them.

Two, maybe three more to go.  Nanny, Miracle, and Ivory.

Silver has a white doeling

Silver had her baby about 12:30 AM.  I'm tired and going to do one last check and go to sleep. 

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Grace had twins, but lost one for some reason.  I went out to check and she had them both already.  But the little dark one was already dead.  She was taking care of a pretty white buckling.  My first white buck.

Where is my Camera

Lot's has been happening.  I can't find my camera, when I need it. GRRRRR!

Sheared Goldie, Silver, and Ebony this last weekend.  I did get a picture of Ebony, but missed Goldie and Silver.  I will post pictures of the saddle portion of their fleeces. It's ALL FOR SALE!  Goldie and Silver are pure Angora Goats, so this is Adult Mohair.  Ebony is Pygora, but also an adult.

Poor Little Rose.  Rose was the first to show signs of birth.  I watched her Sunday, April 28th, and thought she was in labor.  Monday, I know she was in labor, but still no babies.  I let her go until Tuesday morning and then had to call the Vet for an emergency C-section.  This was her first, and last pregnancy, she had twins, but both were dead.  She would not dilate all the way. The Vet said the twins were quite small for full term, but I saw them kicking on Monday. The others does don't show signs of having their babies yet, so now I wonder if something was wrong with Rose's babies. I guess time will tell.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Who's Next to Shear?

Here are a couple of the goats that are in need of shearing. First is Roger.  Roger is my only true Pygora.  He is older and his fleece is not as nice as his younger years.  Roger is the sire to most of my goats.
Roger 2013

Roger (left side) 2013

 Next is Little Buck.  He is Roger's first son.  He was wethered at about 9 months old.  He is the sweetest of all the male goats.  Wethering him has stunted his horn growth and I think his height as well. He is an adult goat, so his fleece is considered adult mohair.  His Dam is Silver, a full Angora Goat.  Buck is 3/4 Angora and 1/4 Pygmy.
Little Buck 2013

Little Buck (left side) 2013

Another soon to shear is Miracle.  Her Dam is Grace, and Sire is Pete, 2nd son to Roger.  Pete is the only intact male I have left.  He is a badger face, like Roger, and Little Buck but has blue in his eyes. She would be 1/2 Angora and 1/4 Alpine/Domestic? and 1/4 Pygmy. She is a timid little doe, and this will be her last shearing as a Kid Mohair.  She has a lot of vegetable matter in her fleece....YUCK!

Miracle 2013

Miracle (right side) 2013

What do you call this Fleece type?

Some shearing accomplished today.  I sheared Grace.  Grace is a mix breed goat.  My guess is either an Alpine/Angora cross or a Domestic/Angora cross.  Her horns are straight back.  One was broken over Winter. I was able to trim her hooves as well, and it looks like she is pregnant.  Her udders are starting to bag up.  Soon we'll have at least one new kid on the block.
Grace 2013

What kind of fiber is this.  There is lots of guard hairs