Catching Up…

I have been listing some locks and handspun in the shop as I have time.  Since the winter weather has let up a bit, I have had time to get caught up on some projects.  🙂

The sheep are doing great and the fleeces look super nice!

wensleydale sheep

Handspun from my flock.

handspun

handspun

New locks in the shop.

locks

Spring is almost here!  It’s time to make some sport socks on my Erlbacher Gearhart circular sock machine.

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The warp is on the sectional beam.  I am still debating on which draft so not much happening on the AVL at the moment!

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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.

handspun

 

I select warp threads and wind the warp.

warp test

wind warp

The loom is dressed.

saori

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

 

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

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

hay

sheep at waterer

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.

old truck

truckfender

 

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.

fog morn

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.

Chunky Handspun Art Yarn

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I added some new handspuns to the stash!  The fibers are a mix of farm fresh Cormo and Wensleydale from my sheep along with a little silk and Angelina.  The  green/blue will most likely become weft for a Saori weaving project.  I plan on using the lavender one for a hat.

Blueish Green Handspun
Blue/Green Handspun
Lavender Handspun
Lavender Handspun

Art Roving Hackle from Blue Mountain Handcrafts

Art Roving Hackle

It’s HERE!  My much anticipated Art Roving Hackle from Blue Mountain Handcrafts is here.  I have been wanting one of these hackles for quite some time now.  It is a breeze to use.  I have been having lots of fun combining fleeces and fibers and coming up with some awesome rovings.

Roving

The above roving is a blend of Cormo, Coopworth Lamb, Wensleydale lamb, Silk, bamboo rayon, and Angelina.

There was very little waste after I dized off the roving.

The diz I used is one I recently purchased from Seven Yaks on Etsy.  It has several diz hole sizes to choose from.

Handspun Singles

Look for some Cormo blended rovings in my Etsy and online farm shop soon!

Two-ply or not Two-ply

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Ok, so there is a bit of play on words for the title of this post, but honestly I wonder sometimes.  I love to spin singles.  LOOK at all the yardage you get from singles.  Other times, I think, “Well, the yarn may be more interesting if it is plied…”  The majority of the time I try to decide what the end us of the yarn will be.  If it is going to be for weaving and used as weft yarn, I will keep the singles.  If I am going to be knitting it, I will ply it.

I knit a lot of winter accessories.  I like to use bulky yarn to knit quickly.  Bulky yarn also makes a thick wooly winter item.  I am outside 365 days a year in all weather tending to the animals and I don’t like to be cold!  Thank God for Charhart Coveralls.  They are my winter weather favorite.  Ok, enough talk about winter.  It is in the 80’s and super nice outside!  🙂

I spun up one of my textured farm wool batts.  The fiber in the batt was Cormo, Shetalnd lamb, Wensleydale locks, mulberry silk, and a smidge of Angelina.  Here is a photo of my textured singles.

Textured Single
Textured Single

The singles looked great, but I decided they would knit up as a nice foofy hat.  The singles were Navajo plied.  This yarn will knit into a quick winter hat!  Oh, and I guess this ply is exempt from the title of the post.  Navajo ply is a 3 ply!

Navajo Ply Handspun
Finished Yarn

Spinning a Yarn

 

I carded up on of my textured art batts the other day.  The batt was full of Merino, Bluefaced

Textured Art Batt

Leicester, lots of mulberry silk, Wensleydale locks (from my sheepies!), Teeswater lamb locks, bamboo rayon, and Angelina.  This batt is soooo next to skin soft and smooshy.  Batts don’t sit around very long around here.  🙂  I quickly pulled a strip off the batt and joined onto the leader of my Majacraft Rose.

I spun, letting the yarn become what it wanted. The yarn spun up very quickly and before I knew it the batt was gone and the bobbin was full.  I love to spin singles, so I knew this would be another single which would be so nice and textured, it would stand on it own and not need plying.  Textured singles is what I love spinning!

On the Bobbin

The Yarn!
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