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.

wensleydale

My latest weaving project which will eventually be two scarves.

weaving overshot

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

batt

Super-soft Cormo chunky farm wool batts.

batt

Wensleydale lamb locks

locks

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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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

New Spins!

I have some new handspun to share!  Fibers include super soft Cormo and Wensleydale from my sheep, along with various other wools, silk, and Angelina.

Melon handspun 108.5 yards chunky weight singles yarn.

I got some before and after spun photos of my next one.  This one (below) is Tyblue.  I spun it from a batt my son carded for me.  The yarn is heavy worsted singles 245 yards.

My New Spinolution Mach III

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Mach III

My new wheel arrived a few days ago.  I was trying to decide between a Spinolution or a beautiful Schacht Saxony.  Both wheels are entirely different (and are for different types of yarns!).  It was a hard decision.  I ended up choosing the Spinolution Mach III and couldn’t be happier!

I ordered the 8oz set up and the oversize bobbin set up for my wheel, along with the wheels and lazy kate.  I think the only other thing I need to order is the tube orifice.  I would have ordered it with the wheel, but I did not know anything about it until a day or so ago.

Mach III with oversized bobbin/flyer and kate

Here are a few photos of my first skein spun on my wheel.  The fibers in the yarn are Cormo and Wensleydale from my sheep along with some silk and Angelina.

Handspun on Mach III

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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