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!

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Washing Wool

Fall is here and I have been busy washing fleece.  After posting a photo on Instagram, I had lots of questions about how to wash raw fleece.  I put detailed directions on website if anyone wants to see how I wash fleece.

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Washing fleece in my dye room laundry sink.

 

The animals are enjoying the cooler fall weather.   The weather has been perfect for trail riding too!

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Fall is Around the Corner!

I know it is not officially fall, but once the kids are heading back to school, it seems as though fall is here.  It is still hot here (in the 90’s) but the evenings are cooling down and feeling more like fall. The sheep have welcomed the cooler evening weather and so have the dogs.

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Frances and Dakota think it has cooled down enough in the evenings to play.

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I have stocked some new hand dyed Wensleydale rovings and locks in the shop.  If you have not spun any farm fresh Wensleydale roving, you should give it a try.  It is so soft and drafts effortlessly. The shop is stocked with natural white and black roving along with hand dyed roving.  The hand dyed roving drafts just as easily as the undyed roving.  I will be adding new hand dyed fibers weekly so be sure to check the shop.

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Summer Update

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A lot of time has been spent at the lakes.  Finally the water has warmed up.  🙂

I have listed some new hand dyed Wensleydale rovings, locks, and carded batts to the farm shop on Etsy.  Most of my dyeing inspiration has been the hot summer weather and lake views.. So the wools are pretty much a mix of brights and muted vegetation/greens.

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My Churro Club yarns from Weaving Southwest arrived.  The Churro Club is a monthly box of hand dyed, US grown and spun, Navajo Churro yarns from Weaving Southwest.  These yarns are great for tapestry and pretty much anything else.

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I hope your fiber artwork is going along good!  Even with all the farmwork, I am managing to squeeze in time to work on my weaving and spinning projects.

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!

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Handspun from my flock.

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New locks in the shop.

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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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Farm and Shop Updates…

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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.

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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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Pixie Lock Picker

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Pixie Lock Picker
Pixie Lock Picker

What is a Pixie Lock Picker?  You may have seen it featured in Ply Magazine.  The Pixie Lock Picker is a tool which helps to easily open locks while you are prepping fiber.  When I prep fiber for combing, I always open the tips of the locks before combing.  This is a must for long wool locks and lamb locks.

I use to use a flick carder but I have replaced my flick carder with the Pixie Lock Picker.  My flick carder works good but the Pixie Lock makes opening up the tips so much quicker!    In the photo below, I have photographed the locks prior to flicking (top) and after (bottom).  I only flicked open the tips.

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Locks before (top) and after (bottom) flicking with the Pixie Lock Picker

The Pixie Lock Picker fastens on my wrist.   It is easy to pull the lock tips through the tines to quickly open them up.

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The Lock Picker has an adjustable velcro closure so it can connect to something other than your wrist.  I regularly attach mine to the side of my drum carder so I can quickly flick locks while carding.

The craftsmanship on this tool is top notch.  The wood is red cedar and the tines are rust proof stainless steel.  The Pixie Lock Picker is available online from Two Twisted.  The shop also makes combs, niddy noddies, and other beautifully handcrafted fiber art tools.

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The velcro is adjustable.  I have mine adjusted to a very small size because my wrists are skinny!  😉

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