a Poodle

Meet Ava, she is the sweetest, most graceful and affectionate girl you could imagine.  Life is richer when we can share it with animals.

Not a big surprise this former sheep owner/plan to be sheep owner again, fiber lover has had Standard Poodles for moving in on 3 decades, I suppose?  No, I've not spun my Poodle's hair.  Even though Don says he'd be happy to wear a hat knit from the yarn, I'll stick to sheep and goat fiber.

Interesting Fact for today:  Woolology 101 by Catherine Friend, excerpt from Sheepish

"Wool - black or white - is a natural insulator, keeping you warm in winter and cooling you down in the summer.  Because it's made of those overlapping scales, it easily repels water.  Wool breathes by wicking away moisture from the skin and relasing it into the air, leaving dry air and warmth near the skin.  Polartec might keep you warm, but it doesn't breathe easily.  Wool can absorb up to 30 percent of its weight in moisture without feeling heavy or damp, whereas cotton get damp at 15 percent.  Neither cotton nor polar fleece is warm when wet.  Also, wool naturally repels mold and mildew.

Wool is durable.  Lab tests show wool fibers can be bent back on themselves more than 20,000 times without breaking, Cotton breaks after 3,2100 bends, silk after 1,800, and rayon (a synthetic) totally collapses after only 75.  Wool resists wrinkles, and because of its natural crimp will retain it's shape.  It's fire retardant, unlike synthetic fabric, which happily burns when ignited because it's made from oil."

Live, laugh and love much and tell those you care about you love them.  Renee

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