Around Here…

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I have some breeding stock and wethers (fiber pets) available.  The ewe in the photo below is one who is on the sale list.  She is so beautiful and comes from UK lines.  Her sire is Grand Master Flash.  He is a UK ram.  I am hoping to downsize a bit so I can introduce some new lines into the flock.

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This skein was spun on my Hansen Minispinner.  I participated a bit in the Tour de Fleece on Ravelry, but I have been busy with farm work (as always), and I haven’t had the time to do as much spinning as I would like…  I guess I will try participating in the Spinzilla this October.

I entered the above skein in the local county fair and it won first place!  I haven never entered anything in the fair (except for horses when I was young), so it was a bit of a surprise.  🙂

A Note to Blog Subscribers

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In the next few weeks, I will be restructuring my website and blog.  I have already started working on the blog page!  Blog subscribers (RSS FEED) will need to resubscribe to the blog in order to continue receiving new posts in your inbox. I should have the new subscribe box up by the end of this week. You will not be able to resubscribe until that time.  The blog can be found by going to my web address at www.hermanhillsfarm.com

There will be not box to sign up on the right navigation as there was previously.  To receive new blog posts in your inbox, you will need to fill in the information at the bottom of any blog post page.  You will need to click on the blog post title to open the full blog post page.  This is also where you leave a comment to a blog post.  Below is a screen shot of where you need to fill in information.  Fill in the name and email fields also some text is required in the comment box.  Be sure to check the box “Notify me of new posts via email” box.  Do not sign up until the end of the week or when you see the web address for the blog (in your browser) is indeed www.hermanhillsFARM.com  I may have it fixed sooner than the end of the week…..

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My web address of www.hermanhillsknittery.com will be changed to www.hermanhillsfarm.com.  Right now, both web addresses take you to the same website. Eventually, I will be dropping the knittery web address. Blog posts will be sending from the hermanhillsfarm address and therefore I will need to update the code that sends posts.

All is well on the farm. It has been rainy, cool, hot, and humid.  Typical weather for SW Ohio!

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The Hay is in…

The first cutting of hay is baled and stacked in the barn.  We got it cut and baled just before the rains.  There are a few wagon loads and lots of round bales.hay

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Got some spinning done…

handspunI take lots of photos (not just of sheep and fiber).  We were exploring on our old property down the way and I got some great photos of this old truck.  Some nice colors for dyeing.  As you can see from the photos, the rain was coming…and it hasn’t left since.

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Shop Update and Lots of Rain

I have listed new dyed locks listed in the online farm shop.  The dark Wensleydale locks are from a black/silver fleece and I over dyed them with a mix of purples.

Hand Dyed Wensleydale Locks
Hand Dyed Wensleydale Locks
Black Silver Wensleydale Locks Overdyed with Purples
Black Silver Wensleydale Locks Overdyed with Purples

Lots of hot weather, rain, and foggy mornings lately.

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foggy morn

The fleeces are growing…and so are the weeds…IMG_2706

The towels are off the loom and ready to be washed and hemmed

The towels are off the loom and ready to be washed and hemmed.

Weekly Happenings

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eweEwe resting

IMG_2844Best guardian dogs!  They have been so tired during the day.  The coyotes have been busy finding food for their pups.  The dogs have been busy keeping the lambs safe.

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My husband replaced the back beam on my Saori SX60H loom.  The back beam had warped (wood not dried correctly?).  My dealer (Saori Santa Cruz) ordered a replacement beam and now it is installed and ready for a warp!

Took a short break at the lake… summer is here and it is hot!

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The water is very clean and clear.bird nestsBirds have made nests in the side of a hill.

 

 

Cormo Wool Top Now in Stock!

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I apologize to those who receive my blog posts via email.  The photos in the last blog post email were huge!!  I am sorry about that.  After upgrading to the lastest Apple OS and the new Photos program, I had some issues with photos being sideways on my blog.  “Easy enough,” I thought.  I will just post the photos from my phone app.”  Little did I know, the phone app does NOT resize photos.  They were not sideways, but the photos were huge in the email.  I have given up on using the newest Apple OS for now and will be posting from my laptop which has not been upgraded!

The Cormo top has arrived from the mill.  It is a bit thicker diameter than regular top which results in a great top for dyeing.  I have a limited quantity of this available.  Once it is gone, there will be no more until next June.  Find it here in my shop.  I have it available in 4, 8, and 16 ounce quantities.cormo woolcormo wool

Spinning up Some Batts!

 

Carded Cormo Batts
Carded Cormo Batts

I have been busy spinning some super-soft Cormo batts.  The fleece is washed (to remove all lanolin!), hand-dyed, and then carded.  The batts are about 90% Cormo with 10% Wensleydale, other wools, silk, Angelina.  I have listed some in my shop.  These batts are next-to-skin soft!!  I love them!

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The photo above is my spinning progress so far.  I have 2 batts (about 8 ounces) in this colorway.  I plan on knitting a Venetian Blind shawl with the yarn. If you are a member of Ravelry here is a link to the pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/venetian-blind .  I am not sure if the link will work for a non-member. Ravelry membership is free.  It is a great resource for everything fiber (knit, crochet, spin, weave).

I am spinning on my Mach III wheel by Spinolution. The bobbin is the 8 ounce bobbin. They also have a 32 ounce bobbin and yes, they are huge!  I love my Mach III.  I have had it for several years.  It is the perfect wheel for spinning Aran and heavier yarns.

Pixie Lock Picker

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Pixie Lock Picker
Pixie Lock Picker

What is a Pixie Lock Picker?  You may have seen it featured in Ply Magazine.  The Pixie Lock Picker is a tool which helps to easily open locks while you are prepping fiber.  When I prep fiber for combing, I always open the tips of the locks before combing.  This is a must for long wool locks and lamb locks.

I use to use a flick carder but I have replaced my flick carder with the Pixie Lock Picker.  My flick carder works good but the Pixie Lock makes opening up the tips so much quicker!    In the photo below, I have photographed the locks prior to flicking (top) and after (bottom).  I only flicked open the tips.

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Locks before (top) and after (bottom) flicking with the Pixie Lock Picker

The Pixie Lock Picker fastens on my wrist.   It is easy to pull the lock tips through the tines to quickly open them up.

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The Lock Picker has an adjustable velcro closure so it can connect to something other than your wrist.  I regularly attach mine to the side of my drum carder so I can quickly flick locks while carding.

The craftsmanship on this tool is top notch.  The wood is red cedar and the tines are rust proof stainless steel.  The Pixie Lock Picker is available online from Two Twisted.  The shop also makes combs, niddy noddies, and other beautifully handcrafted fiber art tools.

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The velcro is adjustable.  I have mine adjusted to a very small size because my wrists are skinny!  😉

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