Summer Update

Summer is here!  I have added some new wools to the shop with more to come.

 

We always have Killdeer nesting in the gravel along the driveway. They are so small, but are up and running around soon after hatching.

 

We have had so much rain that the riding arena has grass growing in it!  The horses are working hard to mow it.

 

In my “spare” time, between working with the sheep, riding, dyeing, weaving, and spinning, I have been knitting up bunches of swatches for items I will have in the Cincinnati Weaver’s Guild sale in November.  With summer here, it seems as though November is far off, but it will be here in no time and so will winter.  So enjoy summer while you can!

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Spring Soon

HELLO SPRING?  Well, it may be a bit early, but the forecast says 60 degree weather for the next few days!

A few months ago, I dropped off some Cormo fleece at America’s Natural Fiberworks (ANF) in Sommerville, Ohio.  They always do a great job processing fibers and spinning yarns. Cormo wool is usually carded and then pin drafted to remove the neps/noils/short bits of fiber.  There are only a couple of mills in the US that have the equipment to pin draft wool.  I have always had my Cormo pin drafted but I decided to see how it would turn out if it was carded into roving.  AFN have their own flock of Cormo sheep and are experienced with processing Cormo.  I recently picked up the finished Cormo roving and it turned out really nice.  The roving spins up into a more rustic type yarn (not smooth and fine) with lots of character.  I really love the spun yarn.  I hope to get the roving listed in my shop in the next week or so.

I took a few photos of the mill when I picked up the roving.  The mill also has a yarn shop stocked with lots of natural fiber (wool and alpaca) yarns, rovings, and accessories.  They also sell handwoven rugs and felted saddle pads.  There are lots of other items in the shop too.  They have a website for the yarn shop at: www.ilovetheyarnbarn.com  and also a website for their alpaca farm http://www.blessedcriations.com/

The photo below is the fiber washing machine.  It is really nice!  I wish I had one.  🙂

Photo below is the felting table they use to make large felted items and blankets.

 

Studio stuff??  I have a warp wound and waiting to be put on the Saori loom.  It will be cloth for a jacket (eventually!)

 

The sheep are ready for spring shearing.

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sheep fleece

 

 

 

Washing Wool

Fall is here and I have been busy washing fleece.  After posting a photo on Instagram, I had lots of questions about how to wash raw fleece.  I put detailed directions on website if anyone wants to see how I wash fleece.

Washing fleece in my dye room laundry sink.
Washing fleece in my dye room laundry sink.

 

The animals are enjoying the cooler fall weather.   The weather has been perfect for trail riding too!

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Fall is Around the Corner!

I know it is not officially fall, but once the kids are heading back to school, it seems as though fall is here.  It is still hot here (in the 90’s) but the evenings are cooling down and feeling more like fall. The sheep have welcomed the cooler evening weather and so have the dogs.

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sheep

dogs

Frances and Dakota think it has cooled down enough in the evenings to play.

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I have stocked some new hand dyed Wensleydale rovings and locks in the shop.  If you have not spun any farm fresh Wensleydale roving, you should give it a try.  It is so soft and drafts effortlessly. The shop is stocked with natural white and black roving along with hand dyed roving.  The hand dyed roving drafts just as easily as the undyed roving.  I will be adding new hand dyed fibers weekly so be sure to check the shop.

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locks

locks

locks

 

 

Summer Sheep

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Summer has arrived!  The sheep don’t seem to mind the warmer weather.  They spend the day under shady shelters next to the waterers.

wensleydale sheep

wensleydale sheep

wensleydale fleece

I finished my handwoven rug.  Still deciding on what to weave next on the Toika loom!

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Still working on my scrappy overshot scarves on my Schacht Baby Wolf.  This has been a rather slow weave since I have been dividing my time with a tapestry on my Mirrex loom.

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Spring Soon…

Today was a taste of spring….finally.

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I am happy to get a good photo of one of my Cormo sheep… Most photos end up like the one below because the sheep are always too close!

wensleydale cormo sheep

The long towel warp is off the AVL loom.  Now time to hem!

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The above draft was a Hin und Weider.

Next warp is going to be a black scarf warp.  Bamboo yarn.  This yarn is slick, so I am making a cross for the sections.

avl warping wheel

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.

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Spending the cold nights in the barn…

 

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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.

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Cormo Wool Top
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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!

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The sheep are loving the fall weather.

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