On the Outside…Looking In

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While most people are enjoying winter from the inside looking out, farmers are on the outside and are too busy to look in!  This winter has been quite mild but there has still been plenty of work with winter feeding/haying along with keeping the sheep and horses inside, out of weather.  The snow and below zero wind chills have finally ended (for now).  It has been nice to have the livestock back outside and have a bit of a break from the constant work of keeping them in.

cormo sheep

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Spending the cold nights in the barn…

 

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Farm and Shop Updates…

cormo ram

My Cormo ram, Pyt, has found a new home.  He left along with my beautiful silver 98% Wensleydale ram and 2 of my 93% black rams.  These are all excellent rams with great fleeces and confirmation.  I have had lots of really nice lambs by them.  I will be introducing new genetics next fall.  These ram will continue to put beautiful lambs on the ground at their new home.

 

Shop news:  I have added some washed locks to the shop.  I will be adding some dyed Wensleydale roving and locks in the next few days.

washed locks

 

I have added another horse to the herd!  Atarah is a beautiful 4 year old Paso Fino mare out of proven show lines (La Conga X Dali).  She has been shown successfully in regional shows (in GA 2014/2015) and also placed well in the 2015 Grand National Paso Fino Horse Show.  She has lots and lots of brio!  🙂

paso fino

 

 

Handwoven Saori Style

Saori weaving is a type of free form weaving.  I use a lot of my art yarns/chunky yarns in Saori style weaving.  The first step of the process starts with washing and dyeing the fleece.  After the wool has dried, it is carded into a batt.

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The batt is spun into yarn.

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I select warp threads and wind the warp.

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wind warp

The loom is dressed.

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The cloth is woven.

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The cloth is cut from the loom, washed, and fringe is tied.

A Saori scarf!

saori scarf

saori weaving

 

Just another Fall Day

New fibers listed in the shop.  Also, I have enabled the Etsy Direct Checkout for those who prefer to not use Paypal to checkout.

cormo top
Cormo Wool Top
shop batt
Cormo Art Batt

 

I have carded a bunch of Cormo art batts for spinning.  I will be listing some of the handspun yarn in the shop too!

batts

The sheep are loving the fall weather.

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Behind the Scenes…

Sometimes it seems like not much is done when you are working, “behind the scenes.”  It is like cleaning closets. You cannot see that anything has changed unless the door is opened.  A lot of “behind the scenes” work has been going on in the studio and barn.  Though a lot of work is being done, not much seems to be visible!

I made a new logo/banner for the Etsy farm shop.  I hope to do some more “fine tuning” on the website too.

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I have lots of newly dyed fibers I will be adding to the shop this week.  I am also going to get some fleece washed and listed too. I have a bit behind on the shop because we are getting the barn cleaned up and ready for winter.  I have also been riding the horses a lot more since the weather has cooled off a bit.  🙂

The End is Near…

The summer is coming to an end. I can feel fall in the air.  The end of summer brings one good thing, the end of the parasites that have been plaguing the sheep!  I have been doing weekly sheep health checkups.  Everyone is doing GREAT, but this has been a bad (or good?) year for parasites.  I rotate pastures which does help break the worm cycle.

Wensleydale Sheep
Wensleydale Sheep

I have listed some new dyed fibers in my online farm shop.  I have more fiber assortments and dyed top to list.  Hopefully, I will have most of it listed by the end of the week.  The fiber assortments are great for carding.  I love to make batts from an assortment of fibers.

Hand Dyed Fiber Assortment
Hand Dyed Fiber Assortment
Hand Dyed Cormo Top
Hand Dyed Cormo Top
Hand Dyed Cormo Top
Hand Dyed Cormo Top

I have been using up some of my handspun stash to weave Saori scarves.

Wound Bobbins
Wound Bobbins
Saori Scarf
Saori Scarf
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