It’s been a rough start to 2011 with little time in the weaving room. One of our “original 3” goats died suddenly last Saturday morning as we were preparing to return from a family visit in Florida. Chasselas was a Permanent Grand Champion - top wins at 3 regional shows in 2002-03, qualifying her to go on to nationals. As the judge at her first GC win announced, she was the "goat that had it all." She was mother (hands down the BEST), grandmother & great-grandmother to most of our Frijoles Kids herd. Her 2-legged friends & nine 4-legged friends really miss her. Another one of the original 3 (also a show champion) has had a mystery illness that began early January with “port wine urine”. Imagine me outside for hours in the frigid winter weather (-17 Wed. night!) collecting urine from our little goat. He’s on daily steroid injections (tapering), but is now stable & manages to park himself under the space heater in their shelter. Our herd has been blessedly healthy for nearly 12 years, but there are no books on geriatric goat care!
Chasselas with her first born doe
For the Florida trip et.al. upcoming travel I ordered a compact Inkle loom called a Nomi, pictured on The Inkle Life blog http://inklenaomi.blogspot.com/ There are a few other compact inkles out there that also look good, but so far I’m really happy with this one. You can see how nicely it fits in a small carry-on bag or tote. Standard belt/inkle shuttles are really too wide, so I’ll be trying a narrower netting shuttle for the next project.
Go, Packers! Not that I care too much ... I plan to start winding a warp by the big screen.