"On the plains of Oklahoma, with a windshield sunset in your eyes like a watercolor painted sky, you'd think heavens doors have opened."
Fly Over States

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Snow in the Forecast

My kids are en route from New York and significant snow and blowing snow is in the forecast.

Has the snow arrived?

Er, no.

Pearl is blowing her coat.

People who aren’t familiar with Samoyeds are generally shocked when they see the amount of hair that comes off.

Doesn't Pearl just have the cutest butt?

I know I’ve written this several times, but Samoyeds are two coated and once or twice a year they blow the undercoat, which is baby soft, like down. That is the part that is in the pictures.

I am glad I have a big yard to brush her in because otherwise, all that hair would end up in the house. I should have raked it up but got to freezing because the wind picked up. What we don't rake up after the snow melts will be used by birds to line their nests, this spring. Or so I tell myself.

The down can be spun and made into coats and sweaters. The longer guard hairs don’t typically shed.  Pearl has especially pretty guard hairs.  They shine silver in the sunlight more than any dog we've had. 

Here’s the good news – their hair doesn’t smell and rarely causes an allergic reaction.

Here's the bad news - I am waaaay behind on wrapping presents so that has been my task for the afternoon.

I just like looking at the colors.

I had planned to unpack boxes related to the spare bedroom but didn’t get to it. I’ll do that, tomorrow.
I'll need to get that done before the kids get here.
I mentioned that Evelyn has been happy to get her chair back. Here is a picture.

Not to be outdone, Pearl also is relaxing.

Happy Quilting,

Penny, Evelyn and Pearl


Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Penny! You sound so happy to be back home.
Those trees with the blue berries look like juniper possibly.

Sherry said...

There are places where you can send your pet's fur and have it spun into yarn!


Miriam said...

Merry Christmas Penny!

Have a wonderful day with your whole family!

Beautiful photos of the girls! :)

Thearica said...

I didnt know you could do that with pet fur...Live and learn...

Penny...Have you ever thought of doing a wallhanging where you take wool yarn and take that tool and crunch it down into a mesh wire...(I think it is called Needle Felting)...

You could draw Pearls outline and fill it in with her own coat spun into yarn..

Now how wicked cool would that be?

Here is a link to some information and some supplies on the technique: http://www.livingfelt.com/cart/?gclid=CO_X_Yzw7p4CFchn5QodXykvKA

Anonymous said...

Happy wrapping!

Anonymous said...

I've spun dog hair. It's not hard to do but I don't think your dogs have shed enough to make scarf, let alone a sweater.

Merry Christmas, and thank you for sharing your blog with us.


Paula said...

Merry Christmas, Penny