Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Our first baby lamb was born today at lunchtime- on my husband's birthday!! He was the one who found her. He called and I raced home from work and there she was, all damp and soooooo cute! We are in love.

Mom's name is Yarrow, grandmother is Yesterday and this little one is named Yvonne (after a good friend who loves my sheep almost as much as I do!!)

Friday, February 11, 2011

winter update

I have been getting a little spinning done in these snowy winter days. I am trying to use up the rovings that I have and process the fleeces before we shear next week.

Here are the girls in all of their pregnant glory. They are due a few days after we get home from vacation in February and I have all of my lambing supplies ready to use if needed. Their wool is thick and warm and I can't wait to have my own homegrown wool and homegrown babies!!!

The wheel picture is just thrown in. I am borrowing it from a woman who hasn't used it in 30 years. It is a little squeaky and I am not sure that I love it yet but it is nice to have a light weight wheel to move around the house. It's an old Louet and I would love any advice on the care of Louet wheels. I hope all of my fiber friends are staying warm and finding time to play with wool!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

New Family Members

Our family is taking the next step in fiber. Behold the newest members of our family, Yesterday and Yarrow...

These ladies are mother and daughter- both bred. They are BFL/BL crosses with beautiful fleece and really sweet personalities. They eat right out of our hands!
I just started spinning their roving that I got from the sheep farmer and it is delicious. I am hoping these girls will get me back to the blog more often.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Return to blogland

I seemed to have disappeared from my cyber world in the last year. Nursing school is finished, I have a full time job as an ER nurse and I love it! Life is full and very busy with three kids and a full time job.
I do manage to find time to play with my wool, and my needlefelting supplies business is starting to take off. It is all word of mouth and mostly local for now as that is all I can handle, but it gives me great reason to dye alot of wool in interesting colors.

My reentry into blogland comes from a need to share my new beautiful tool...

It is a Jensen Tina original in black walnut and finished with three coats of walnut oil. I have wanted this wheel for a long time and ordered it in June. It just arrived last week as Mr. Jensen takes the summers off to fish. My friend Kristin has one I have been coveting and now we can spin on our Tina's together!!

I did finally make it to Rhinebeck this year, now that I have a job and can take a weekend off without feeling guilty leaving the kids behind with my husband. It was such a great time. I took a spinning exotic fibers class and have a lot of new fun fiber to spin.
One last little note (not so little anymore) that has taken up an immense amount of the whole family's time...

This is Maggie and she was born on June 22nd. She is a lab, shepard, rottweiler mix and full of fun and energy. She LOVES the kids and has fit right into our world of chaos. She is recovering from a broken leg right now but still as happy as pie and up to no good!
Hope to have some fiber goodness to post soon.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Wool, wool, wool

After my last post, my friend, Laura, wrote and asked about the three bags of wool I had acquired. I made a contact with a local man who raises Shetland sheep to train his dogs. We talked and he gave me three bags full-one black fleece, one brown fleece and one gray. I skirted the black, which is a beautiful rich color and it is getting cleaned and carded as we speak and the other two are next in line.

Skirting fleece is quite a project. It takes me a long time and I get really particular, probably more than I need to. I am getting the fleeces cleaned and carded at Tunbridge Wool Works, a local solar and wood powered facility.

The next picture is the first fleece I skirted and had processed at the wool works. It is a Jacob fleece and I love how it the batt is still striped and shows the color variation within the fleece. I have not spun Jacob before and it feels like it will be a little coarser than I am used to...we'll see.

I am still dying and very rapidly making my way through the pounds of white roving I have. I am working on getting my etsy account to sell roving and handspun as well as needle felting supplies. This wool was dyed and spun with the final product in mind. I think there is too much blue but I need to knit it up and see how close it comes to my vision.

I don't have much knitting content to show but I was really busy before Christmas. I made felted slippers for my whole family (five pairs!) and made the boys and my husband all matching cabled hats. My daughter got a nice light pink cashmere hat. I also finished last semester finals and worked alot over my school vacation. Each member of the family (not including myself) was ill over the break and one of my kids ended up with pneumonia so I was nurse at work and nurse at home.
We went to visit my parents for the holidays and I went to Knit Happens in Alexandria, Virgina. They have local dyers and I found a new (to me) dyer. This sock is the product, so far, of a local No. Va. dyer. I hope to get the other sock finished before winter is over!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Losing my virginity

Well, i did it. I lost my virginity (and my 4.0 GPA). I am a little disappointed as I have been in school for five years and will be finished in May is not as big of a deal as I thought it would be and I feel surprisingly relaxed about life. Now that I let go of that pressure I can play without my fiber without guilt! I am also looking forward to three weeks off of school in which I will work some and do a lot of knitting and spinning. I went yesterday and picked up "three bags full" of FREE shetland wool that is beautiful! A local man raises the sheep for training his sheepdogs and I happened to find him. This could prove to be a really good relationship! Today is my first day of vacation so here I am, back on the blog. I am off to skirt fleece but will have pictures soon. Happy Winter!