Yes. Yes that happened Monday. Fingerless gloves are a good and useful thing as an extra layer of sun and cold block but for feeding reindeer alfalfa pellets, maybe not so much. But we just stepped in the door and I’m only still up because one load of laundry must be done before the morning–I’ll handwash those later.
This is the one I got to feed.
I asked the guy, Don’t they have a thick undercoat to keep them warm in the winter? Is it soft? What do you do with it?
Oh they’ve lost all that right now. It is soft. We don’t do anything with it. It’s hollow so you can’t, like, do anything with the stuff so we don’t.
(The fiber artist’s mind. It boggles.)
I tried to explain that qiviut is hollow too and highly desirable stuff. (Thinking of the musk ox farm up the road we’d just gone to on Saturday–more on that later.)
He thought he was having to explain to someone who wasn’t getting it.
I told him I’m a handspinner with a spinning wheel and I assured him I could put next year’s undercoat to very good use.
You could see the realization dawning in his eyes…
Yeah. Yeah I’m getting back to those guys. When I mail them back, by way of re-introduction, the two little alfalfa pellets their little guy tossed into my sagging sweater pocket while slobbering eagerly all over my fingers. My sweater smells a bit like reindeer too.
I kinda like it.
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