Pine Needle Farm

  (Kila, Montana)
The adventures of raising cashmere goats.
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Easy Winter...So Far

I haven't posted here in a long time!  We are having a pretty easy winter this year.  Not much in the way of snow, only about a foot, if that.  It's been above average temps for quite a while.  I am liking the lack of snow, it makes it much easier to take care of everyone.  We will be getting a lot of rain in May, so that will make up for the relative lack of snow now.

   I am in the middle of this year's cashmere harvest now.  I've combed a dozen or so of the the goats so far.  Their fleece is so incredibly soft, I love working with it.  This year the fleece is looking very good.  Not much vm, no dander, so it will be a great year for cashmere yarns!

   I've been spinning and dyeing a few skeins of yarn over the winter.  I also made an afghan for a lady that is a friend of a friend.  Nice and very bright primary colors.  It's for her grandchild.  I'm spinning some organic cotton now.  It's kind of hard to do, at least compared to other fibers.  I'm not sure what I will do with it once I'm done.  I'm spinning it very fine.  Maybe I'll crochet a doily out of it, we shall see.

   There have been a few wildlife incidents around here.  A mountain lion has been on the outside of the fence a couple of times.  Nellie our guard dog has kept it away from the domestic critters around here.  The deer haven't been so lucky.  The youngest one out of the 4 that call our place home is no longer among the living.  That was kind of sad.  Although I'm glad the lion is sticking to what it's supposed to eat, and not trying new things.  One less deer to get into the garden and my flowers.

  Well, that's about it for now... 

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