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.

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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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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

 

 

 

Winter Update

Winter is here.  Winter work consists of keeping the livestock in the barn (during the bad weather) and fed.  I am outside and in the barn more than I am in the house…  So far winter has been mild, but I am sure the snow is not too far off.

The sheep are happy and their fleeces look nice.

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fleece

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I have been finishing up some weaving.

This is a straight draw twill with a mix of different cottons (all different weights) for the warp and weft.  The warp was haphazardly sleyed in the reed.

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Below is a Saori style scarf which is also a mix of different cottons for warp and weft.

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I will be back to listing more wools in the shop since the holidays are over.  🙂

 

Wensleydale locks

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The locks below are Wensleydale and Coopworth lamb cross.  They were dyed in the same colorway.

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Until next time…

 

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.

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wensleydale sheep

wensleydale fleece

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

handwoven rug

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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Washing and Dyeing

Hello Spring!  Finally!  I have been busy washing and dyeing wool.  I will continue to list wools on the Etsy farm shop as I have time.

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My latest weaving project which will eventually be two scarves.

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Here is a sampling of what I have been listing.  More to come soon!!

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Super-soft Cormo chunky farm wool batts.

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Wensleydale lamb locks

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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.

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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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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

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.

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I select warp threads and wind the warp.

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wind warp

The loom is dressed.

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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

 

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