Wensleydale Sheep and Fall Sale

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wensleydale sheep

Fall is over and winter is coming fast!  We had a frost the other day and it was a reality check that winter is just around the corner.  I do have a few white Wensleydale ewes available and one black wether. The ewes range from 91%-98%.  All of the sheep have wonderful fleeces!  Here are some photos of the fleeces just recently sheared from these sheep.

 

sheep fleece wensleydale

The fall sale is coming soon at the Weaver’s Guild of Cincinnati.

Fiber Arts Sale 2017
Friday, Nov. 10th: 4pm – 8pm
Saturday, Nov. 11th: 10am – 4pm
Sunday, Nov. 12th: Noon – 4pm

“Experience the Luxury of Handmade
Original Works by Weavers Guild Artisans”

I will have handspun, farm wool batts, and artisan knits available in the sale.

weavers guild cincinnati

 

Yes, that is a rotting pumpkin in the photo below.  That may prove fall is over!

merino scarf

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

Mill Spun Wensleydale Yarn

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The Wensleydale fleeces I sent to the mill to be spun into yarn are now back.  The yarns are so beautifully spun and have a nice sheen to them.  The colors are natural white and black/silver.  The natural white yarn is available in fingering 2 ply and aran 3 ply.  The black/silver yarn is aran 3 ply.  I have the yarns available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

wensleydale yarn

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

Swatch Done

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Swatch
Swatch Done!

I am participating in a knit along on the Knit it Now Ravelry group.  The pattern for the knit along is the Ruffled Cardigan from Knit it Now.  After making several swatches on my SK860 mid-gauge machine, I finally broke down and ordered some yarn.  I was trying to knit from my stash, but none of the yarns seemed to work well for the pattern.  The ruffled lace border on cardigan is knit in tuck stitch.  The tuck stitch is knit at a higher tension than the stockinette stitch.  Most of the yarns I swatched from my stash did not make a nice soft tuck stitch.  The yarns were worsted and towards the higher end of the tension dial just when knit in stockinette stitch, so I could not knit the tuck at +2 tension.  The yarn I ordered is a 100% wool from the Yarn Barn.  So far I have knit the back and one of the fronts of the cardigan.  I hope to have most of the knitting done by Friday and can work on blocking and sewing the pieces together over the weekend.

Daisy Knitter

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The other day, I was going through a bag of very old knitting stuff (I acquired from a knitter who had passed away) and came across this little gadget.  It is called a Daisy Knitter.  It was in a small baggie with a pattern and instruction leaflet.  It is used to make a type of knit flowers.  I guess it is similar to the plastic flower knitters you can buy at the local craft store.  The Daisy Knitter is metal and was made in the USA between 1930 and around 1950.  It makes a rather stringy little flower.  I think it would work for some type of embellishment on a cardigan or a bag of some sort.  It is a pretty neat little gadget.  I am sure I will find a use for it.