goat shed

xx-pastelgalaxy-xx  asked:

In UnderTale y'know how Sans never picks up his socks? I was wondering is it the same with AT Tori? Or is it with another piece of clothing? Or maybe even something entirely different? (Sorry it's just been on my mind for a while now and I just wanna know. Also your AU has changed my life thank you <3 I swear your AU is the reason why Soriel became my OTP, I haven't fangirled this much in ages so really thank you <3 ~ )

Mm, good question. She rarely wears socks or mittens, so maybe… a tuft of her fur? I can imagine the goats occasionally shed, and Tori never cleaning up after herself when it happens. 

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2/18 Hickory Roasted Almonds, a play by Soup-Nose The Goat.

Soup-Nose: I see you have almonds. Can I have one?

Me: No, they’re too salty for goats.

Soup-Nose: Almond! Give me the the almond. 

Soup-Nose: Nobody has ever in the history of the universe wanted anything as badly as I want this almond. The strong nuclear force pales in comparison to my attraction to your almonds. 

Soup-Nose: Some goats just want to watch the world burn, you know. Goats who don’t have almonds right now.

Me: All right, all right. Here you go.

Soup-Nose: Aauuu! Salty! 

Soup-Nose runs to the water bucket, sticks her head into it, and sprays water everywhere, splashing a very surprised peacock who had been flirting with a Sexy Fence Post. The peacock flies off and sits on top of the goat shed, making angry squeaktoy noises.

Soup-Nose: Whew, that was awful.

Soup-Nose: Hey, are those almonds? Can I have one?

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Rockwell Kent (American, 1882 – 1971) 

Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska, 1920

Rockwell Kent spent seven months living in a goat shed on Fox Island off the coast of Seward, Alaska. During that time, Rockwell and his 9-year-old son refurbished the cabin and sketched together. The sketches made their way into a journal published in 1920.

“It seems that we have…turned out the beaten, crowded way and come to stand face to face with that infinite and unfathomable thing which is wilderness.” - Rockwell Kent

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Understanding Cashmere

Time for the second of the well known goat fibers.  Cashmere!  

Cashmere wool fiber for clothing and other textile articles is obtained from the neck region of Cashmere and other goats. Historically, fine-haired Cashmere goats have been called Capra hircus laniger, as if they were a subspecies of the domestic goat Capra hircus. However, they are now more commonly considered part of the domestic goat subspecies Capra aegagrus hircus. Cashmere goats produce a double fleece that consists of a fine, soft undercoat or underdown of hair mingled with a straighter and much coarser outer coating of hair called guard hair. For the fine underdown to be sold and processed further, it must be de-haired. De-hairing is a mechanical process that separates the coarse hairs from the fine hair. After de-hairing, the resulting “cashmere” is ready to be dyed and converted into textile yarn, fabrics and garments.

Cashmere is collected during the spring moulting season when the goats naturally shed their winter coat. In the Northern Hemisphere, the goats moult as early as March and as late as May.

In some regions, the mixed mass of down and coarse hair is removed by hand with a coarse comb that pulls tufts of fiber from the animal as the comb is raked through the fleece. The collected fiber then has a higher yield of pure cashmere after the fiber has been washed and dehaired. The long, coarse guard hair is then typically clipped from the animal and is often used for brushes, interfacings and other non-apparel uses. Animals in Iran, Afghanistan, New Zealand, and Australia are typically shorn of their fleece, resulting in a higher coarse hair content and lower pure cashmere yield. In America, the most popular method is combing. The process takes up to two weeks, but with a trained eye for when the fiber is releasing, it is possible to comb the fibers out in about a week.

Cashmere fiber is crimped (rather than wavy), soft, and lacking luster. By industry standards it must be at least 1-1/4′ long with an average diameter less than 19 microns. The crimpiness of the fiber gives it “loft” and enables garments made of cashmere to provide warmth without weight.

Cashmere is always going to be an expensive fiber.  It’s the curse of a dual coated critter.  It takes a lot more processing to deal with a dual coat. But it does have an incredibly pretty sheen to it.  It’s very warm and lightweight, similar to merino in how it functions.  

1/18 Today the heavy metal latch bar used to lock the goats in their shed suddenly ceased to exist.

This is a totally normal event with a reasonable explanation that does not involve time machines or the goats making pacts with the star-eyed beings that wait hungrily beyond the edges of the galaxy to devour our names. 

I will post the perfectly normal explanation soon. Very soon. I totally have one.

Goat Shed v1.1

Today my friend James and I added a canopy to the front of the goat shed. Basically we just doubled the amount of roof, extending the lines forward. One of the nice things about designing your own outbuildings is they can be works in progress, responding to changing needs.

When I first build the shed, it was spring, and the shed is all we needed. When the summer heat hit, I worried that the goats needed more shade, so I added a couple posts and a big shade sail.

This was great in the summer, but as fall came and the rains started, it just became a soppy mess, hanging low. And when we had a windstorm the other day, it started flapping so hard I feared it might take off with the shed still attached, so I took it down.

I tried to rig up a waterproof tarp in its place but it lasted exactly one rainy night. It looked like shit anyway. The less said about it the better.

So we came to this solution. It just took six more Suntuf panels and a little framing. Here’s James working while Marigold assists.

And, of course, Queen Lily kept a watchful eye on our progress.

I’m quite pleased with how it came out. It’ll give the ladies more cover in this winter’s rains, and provide a little more shade next summer. And hopefully it’ll last longer than that ill-fated tarp.