Behind the Scenes…

Sometimes it seems like not much is done when you are working, “behind the scenes.”  It is like cleaning closets. You cannot see that anything has changed unless the door is opened.  A lot of “behind the scenes” work has been going on in the studio and barn.  Though a lot of work is being done, not much seems to be visible!

I made a new logo/banner for the Etsy farm shop.  I hope to do some more “fine tuning” on the website too.

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I have lots of newly dyed fibers I will be adding to the shop this week.  I am also going to get some fleece washed and listed too. I have a bit behind on the shop because we are getting the barn cleaned up and ready for winter.  I have also been riding the horses a lot more since the weather has cooled off a bit.  🙂

Cormo Wool Top Now in Stock!

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I apologize to those who receive my blog posts via email.  The photos in the last blog post email were huge!!  I am sorry about that.  After upgrading to the lastest Apple OS and the new Photos program, I had some issues with photos being sideways on my blog.  “Easy enough,” I thought.  I will just post the photos from my phone app.”  Little did I know, the phone app does NOT resize photos.  They were not sideways, but the photos were huge in the email.  I have given up on using the newest Apple OS for now and will be posting from my laptop which has not been upgraded!

The Cormo top has arrived from the mill.  It is a bit thicker diameter than regular top which results in a great top for dyeing.  I have a limited quantity of this available.  Once it is gone, there will be no more until next June.  Find it here in my shop.  I have it available in 4, 8, and 16 ounce quantities.cormo woolcormo wool

Spinning up Some Batts!

 

Carded Cormo Batts
Carded Cormo Batts

I have been busy spinning some super-soft Cormo batts.  The fleece is washed (to remove all lanolin!), hand-dyed, and then carded.  The batts are about 90% Cormo with 10% Wensleydale, other wools, silk, Angelina.  I have listed some in my shop.  These batts are next-to-skin soft!!  I love them!

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The photo above is my spinning progress so far.  I have 2 batts (about 8 ounces) in this colorway.  I plan on knitting a Venetian Blind shawl with the yarn. If you are a member of Ravelry here is a link to the pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/venetian-blind .  I am not sure if the link will work for a non-member. Ravelry membership is free.  It is a great resource for everything fiber (knit, crochet, spin, weave).

I am spinning on my Mach III wheel by Spinolution. The bobbin is the 8 ounce bobbin. They also have a 32 ounce bobbin and yes, they are huge!  I love my Mach III.  I have had it for several years.  It is the perfect wheel for spinning Aran and heavier yarns.

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