I have been washing fleeces. Soon, I will be stocking the shop with locks and carded batts. Today, I washed a light morrit Shetland lamb fleece. The wool is next-to-skin soft. I spun a small sample straight from the locks (no carding). Nothing fancy, just a quick spin and a bit uneven (as I prefer it to be.)
The kids’ kids (Nigerian Dwaft goats).
My daughter’s Paso Fino mare…an early Christmas present. 🙂
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.
Frances and Dakota think it has cooled down enough in the evenings to play.
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.
I have added some washed locks, batts, and dyed fibers to the shop! The beautiful grey locks are from one of my favorite wethers. I have added some new fiber medleys and art batts too. Be sure to stop and shop.
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.
The Pixie Lock Picker fastens on my wrist. It is easy to pull the lock tips through the tines to quickly open them up.
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.
The velcro is adjustable. I have mine adjusted to a very small size because my wrists are skinny! 😉
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.
I have added some farm fresh Wensleydale lamb locks to my online farm shop. There are some washed white and silver/grey/black along with some dyed locks. These locks are from my high percentage Wensleydale lambs. The locks are very soft and silky.