Up front just so you know, I am not a winter person. Snow is awesome if you are looking out a big picture window at it in a nice heated room, and you don’t have to get out in it. Warm snow would be terrific.
My ferret and my bird shed and molted in preperation for winter in early August this year, about a month earlier than normal, during a heat wave. We have been having cooler than normal temps in September and today, while I was walking to where I park my car for work, I saw geese flying over head, headed south. And altho’ I love watching and listening to the geese, it’s a bit earlier than normal as well. So I’m getting ready for an early winter! I wouldn’t mind winter so much if it wasn’t so, you know – COLD. Guess I will be thinking about how nice it would be to live in Hawaii in a month or two :P.
My son gave me some of the fiber off of his goat. All goat’s soft under fiber is called cashmere except for the Angora goat which gives mohair instead. His goat has a lot of guard hairs which have to be picked out, so I have it at work and during my lunch break, since it only takes me about 10 to 15 min to eat, I sit there with tweezers and pick out guard hair and vm (vegetable matter) from the soft fiber. The more guard hair I get out the softer it is. It’s pretty dirty tho, so as soon as I get the picking done, I will need to wash it before I spin it. I think this will be a long, on going project.
***Just wanted to make mention that there is an actual cashmere goat that produces very nice cashmere fiber, but as I said before all goats produce cashmere (again except for the angora goat) tho not as abundantly and not the same quality as the actual cashmere goat does, but it’s all soft :).****