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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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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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!  😉

It’s Another Shop Update!

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I have added some super nice fibers to my farm shop on Etsy.  Fibers include: Cormo lamb, adult Cormo, washed Wensleydale lamb (white and black/silver), and some Kid Mohair locks.  The Cormo and Wensleydale were homegrown right here on the farm.  All locks have very little (if any) vegetable matter.  The Cormo and Wensleydale were coated fleeces.

The Cormo lamb locks are so soft and delicious, they could probably melt in your hand!  I have a bunch of the Portabella colorway (top right in photo below)  waiting for me to spin.

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.

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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.

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