Fall Weather and Riding!

Lots of things need to be done around the farm before winter sets in… but one of the most important is making sure there are no cold feet!  I have been knitting wool blend socks on my circular sock machine.  These socks are a basic pattern with a ribbed top and short row heel.  Knit on my Erlbacher Gearhart circular sock machine with a 54 cylinder.

 

circular sock machine socks

 

circular sock machine

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Yes, there is more going on than just sock knitting.  The cooler weather means lots more trail riding!

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Summer Blanket

The last thing you need in the summer is a blanket, right?  Well, this was a special little blanket I knit for my nephew.  Knit on Passap E6000 4 color double jacquard and designed with DesignaKnit (DAK) software.  I have had quite a few people ask me how to design something similar using DAK.  In DAK, I open a blank stitch pattern in Stitch Designer.  I resize the pattern to whatever size (stitches and rows) I am wanting to make.  I then make my design on the blank canvas or import elements via Graphic Studio (DAK).  I know it is said DAK is very hard to use.  If you print out the instruction manual and work out using the tools, it is possible to teach yourself how to use it.  It just takes time and practice.

passap e6000 machine knitting

 

I bought some bright lights for my AVL loom.  They are a long strip of LED lights.  The strip of lights is sticky one one side.  You stick them on and cut off the excess.  They have a dimming switch which is really nice for times I don’t need the lights to be extremely bright.  I took the photo below with all the room lights off except the loom lights.

 

It has been quite a hot summer which means getting up even earlier to ride.  This is Atarah, my Paso Fino mare.  She has only been on trails for the last couple of months (former show horse) and she is doing quite well.

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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!

knitting swatches

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!  🙂

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