Summer Blanket

The last thing you need in the summer is a blanket, right?  Well, this was a special little blanket I knit for my nephew.  Knit on Passap E6000 4 color double jacquard and designed with DesignaKnit (DAK) software.  I have had quite a few people ask me how to design something similar using DAK.  In DAK, I open a blank stitch pattern in Stitch Designer.  I resize the pattern to whatever size (stitches and rows) I am wanting to make.  I then make my design on the blank canvas or import elements via Graphic Studio (DAK).  I know it is said DAK is very hard to use.  If you print out the instruction manual and work out using the tools, it is possible to teach yourself how to use it.  It just takes time and practice.

passap e6000 machine knitting

 

I bought some bright lights for my AVL loom.  They are a long strip of LED lights.  The strip of lights is sticky one one side.  You stick them on and cut off the excess.  They have a dimming switch which is really nice for times I don’t need the lights to be extremely bright.  I took the photo below with all the room lights off except the loom lights.

 

It has been quite a hot summer which means getting up even earlier to ride.  This is Atarah, my Paso Fino mare.  She has only been on trails for the last couple of months (former show horse) and she is doing quite well.

paso fino

Spring Soon

HELLO SPRING?  Well, it may be a bit early, but the forecast says 60 degree weather for the next few days!

A few months ago, I dropped off some Cormo fleece at America’s Natural Fiberworks (ANF) in Sommerville, Ohio.  They always do a great job processing fibers and spinning yarns. Cormo wool is usually carded and then pin drafted to remove the neps/noils/short bits of fiber.  There are only a couple of mills in the US that have the equipment to pin draft wool.  I have always had my Cormo pin drafted but I decided to see how it would turn out if it was carded into roving.  AFN have their own flock of Cormo sheep and are experienced with processing Cormo.  I recently picked up the finished Cormo roving and it turned out really nice.  The roving spins up into a more rustic type yarn (not smooth and fine) with lots of character.  I really love the spun yarn.  I hope to get the roving listed in my shop in the next week or so.

I took a few photos of the mill when I picked up the roving.  The mill also has a yarn shop stocked with lots of natural fiber (wool and alpaca) yarns, rovings, and accessories.  They also sell handwoven rugs and felted saddle pads.  There are lots of other items in the shop too.  They have a website for the yarn shop at: www.ilovetheyarnbarn.com  and also a website for their alpaca farm http://www.blessedcriations.com/

The photo below is the fiber washing machine.  It is really nice!  I wish I had one.  🙂

Photo below is the felting table they use to make large felted items and blankets.

 

Studio stuff??  I have a warp wound and waiting to be put on the Saori loom.  It will be cloth for a jacket (eventually!)

 

The sheep are ready for spring shearing.

sheep

sheep fleece

 

 

 

Summer Sheep

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Summer has arrived!  The sheep don’t seem to mind the warmer weather.  They spend the day under shady shelters next to the waterers.

wensleydale sheep

wensleydale sheep

wensleydale fleece

I finished my handwoven rug.  Still deciding on what to weave next on the Toika loom!

handwoven rug

Still working on my scrappy overshot scarves on my Schacht Baby Wolf.  This has been a rather slow weave since I have been dividing my time with a tapestry on my Mirrex loom.

handwoven

 

 

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.

wensleydale

My latest weaving project which will eventually be two scarves.

weaving overshot

Here is a sampling of what I have been listing.  More to come soon!!

batt

Super-soft Cormo chunky farm wool batts.

batt

Wensleydale lamb locks

locks

Spring Soon…

Today was a taste of spring….finally.

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I am happy to get a good photo of one of my Cormo sheep… Most photos end up like the one below because the sheep are always too close!

wensleydale cormo sheep

The long towel warp is off the AVL loom.  Now time to hem!

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The above draft was a Hin und Weider.

Next warp is going to be a black scarf warp.  Bamboo yarn.  This yarn is slick, so I am making a cross for the sections.

avl warping wheel

The End is Near…

The summer is coming to an end. I can feel fall in the air.  The end of summer brings one good thing, the end of the parasites that have been plaguing the sheep!  I have been doing weekly sheep health checkups.  Everyone is doing GREAT, but this has been a bad (or good?) year for parasites.  I rotate pastures which does help break the worm cycle.

Wensleydale Sheep
Wensleydale Sheep

I have listed some new dyed fibers in my online farm shop.  I have more fiber assortments and dyed top to list.  Hopefully, I will have most of it listed by the end of the week.  The fiber assortments are great for carding.  I love to make batts from an assortment of fibers.

Hand Dyed Fiber Assortment
Hand Dyed Fiber Assortment
Hand Dyed Cormo Top
Hand Dyed Cormo Top
Hand Dyed Cormo Top
Hand Dyed Cormo Top

I have been using up some of my handspun stash to weave Saori scarves.

Wound Bobbins
Wound Bobbins
Saori Scarf
Saori Scarf

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.

fog morn

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.

Mill Spun Wensleydale Yarn

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The Wensleydale fleeces I sent to the mill to be spun into yarn are now back.  The yarns are so beautifully spun and have a nice sheen to them.  The colors are natural white and black/silver.  The natural white yarn is available in fingering 2 ply and aran 3 ply.  The black/silver yarn is aran 3 ply.  I have the yarns available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

wensleydale yarn

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