The Day of the Dragon

As you have undoubtedly heard, in the Chinese Zodiac, it is the Year of the Dragon. It should have occurred to me that dragons, like turtles, are reptiles. I’m not sure how I missed that. John thought turtles were amphibians, but clearly they are reptiles. Wikipedia says so, so it must be true. The turtles…

Fleeced.

I have to give them credit. Those turtles are better-educated than I thought. I caught them reading Amos Alden’s Big Book of Handspinning to the other day. Which probably makes this whole thing my fault, really, since it was the only reading material left on the table with them. But seriously, who knew turtles could…

Like a cat in a drumcarder….

I’ve had the drumcarder whirling pretty consistently over the past few days. I’m churning through a fleece quite quickly, alternately carding up batches and spinning them. I would card them all at once and them switch completely over to spinning-only for a few days, but experience has taught me two important lessons about this work….

An uneasy truce

After an incident the other night, in which a testudine tail was knocked awry by a somewhat vigorous bleater and required immediate surgery with superglue, I decided that enough was enough. While the turtle was in recovery, I brought in a mediator. He was a man (I think. Could be wrong.) of wisdom and sagacity,…

Cabin Fever

I’m not entirely sure what happened. I thought things were going well. Everyone seemed happy. There was balance. There was unity. Early this morning I wandered into the studio and saw this: I thought it was simply a generous offering at first. You see, the turtles are evidently used to more exotic foods than are…