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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Around Here…

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I have some breeding stock and wethers (fiber pets) available.  The ewe in the photo below is one who is on the sale list.  She is so beautiful and comes from UK lines.  Her sire is Grand Master Flash.  He is a UK ram.  I am hoping to downsize a bit so I can introduce some new lines into the flock.

wensleydale sheep


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This skein was spun on my Hansen Minispinner.  I participated a bit in the Tour de Fleece on Ravelry, but I have been busy with farm work (as always), and I haven’t had the time to do as much spinning as I would like…  I guess I will try participating in the Spinzilla this October.

I entered the above skein in the local county fair and it won first place!  I haven never entered anything in the fair (except for horses when I was young), so it was a bit of a surprise.  🙂

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

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

Art Roving Hackle from Blue Mountain Handcrafts

Art Roving Hackle

It’s HERE!  My much anticipated Art Roving Hackle from Blue Mountain Handcrafts is here.  I have been wanting one of these hackles for quite some time now.  It is a breeze to use.  I have been having lots of fun combining fleeces and fibers and coming up with some awesome rovings.

Roving

The above roving is a blend of Cormo, Coopworth Lamb, Wensleydale lamb, Silk, bamboo rayon, and Angelina.

There was very little waste after I dized off the roving.

The diz I used is one I recently purchased from Seven Yaks on Etsy.  It has several diz hole sizes to choose from.

Handspun Singles

Look for some Cormo blended rovings in my Etsy and online farm shop soon!

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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