Dyeing Wool

I have been dyeing some combed top for the shop.  This combed top is so soft and squishy!  I had to keep some for myself too!!  Here (above photo)  is a sneak peek of what will be listed soon.  I have a few more colorways to photograph and list in the shop.  The blends are merino/milk, merino/banana, and merino/silk top.  There is also some good old merino top too.  Keep an eye on the shop over the next week or so for updates!

Cormo Shearing

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Shearing Cormo

I have finally had time to sit down and write a blog post!  Things have been pretty crazy around here the last few weeks.  The shearer came and sheared the Cormo.  All the fleeces have been skirted, packed, and mailed.  I have sent the uncoated fleece (the fleece that is not under the coat) to the mill to be processed into top and should have it back in a few months.

Fleece on the Hoof
Skirted Fleece (coated)

I have kept a few fleeces and will have some washed and dyed locks in the online farm shop soon.

After all the shearing was done, I spent the rest of the day vaccinating, coating, and trimming hooves.

Alice Cormo Ewe

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!

Cardin’ Up Some Batts

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Textured Art Batt

I spent the day making up some textured art batts to spin.  The batts have merino, bamboo, throwsters silk, Wensleydale locks, and Angelina.  I used some natural black Wensleydale locks.  I really like the way the batts have turned out.  Now it is time to spin!!!

Alpaca Blended Batts

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Alpaca Blended Batt

Yes, it is more alpaca.  Remember the chocolate brown alpaca I washed recently?  Well, I made a few batts with it.  The batts are so soft.  I blended the brown alpaca with pink merino, white alpaca, and some Angelina.  I cannot wait to spin these batts!

Wensleydale Locks

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Washed Wensleydale Locks

I had some time to sort through my fleeces and wash up some locks.  I will be dyeing some for my batts and art yarns.  I have listed some washed locks in the shop and will be adding some dyed ones soon!  These fleeces are really super nice.  The locks are extra long, around 5+ inches (relaxed length, not stretched length!)  These are the perfect length for spinning, carding, art yarns, felting projects, you name it!

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