Tuesday, September 30, 2008
No picture of this sorry state!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Don't know why they like to leave the hair on the legs and tail.
Went to take out the compost tonight. I ALWAYS use a flashlight. Just missed stepping on this guy. It is a garter snake, so I left him alone and had Marc and Kyle come out to admire him. The brownish spot at the lower left is a hole in the ground. He was obviously waiting for something to pop out of that hole.
Kyle's ducklings are almost as big as the duck that sat on the nest. She obviously was promiscuous, because every one of the babies is a different color - matching one of the drakes!
On Friday I taught my freeform spinning class. We had just gotten to the coiling and it was an instant hit.
My latest batch of yarns, piled up ready for pricing. I pulled the blue one that is at the lower left to knit up into a scarf. It is a funky yarn and I figured I better try it out before spinning a lot more of it up.
This is the yarn, mentioned above, knitted up. I always recommend garter stitch for handspuns and especially for the ones with texture. I might end up freeforming the two ends to make the scarf long enough.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Above is a portion of the roving that I got in yesterday from Ashland Bay. I carry it for needlefelters and beginning spinners. I also blend it in with my mohair to create colors when I don't have enough time to dye the fibers myself. Speeds the process up and helps keep my process down. One bag is already gone.
The goats really need haircuts soon.They are catching their hair in their teeth on a regular basis. It has become part of my routine to go out and look for goats with their heads stuck to their chests and with horns stuck in a fence. They have not figured out yet, that their horns go in where they cannot come out. The goats have beautiful locks. I will have a workshop full next month! This is my best shot of the rooster with the bad hair day. Anyone know what kind it is?
I had a customer come in looking for yarn. People usually are drawn to the colors that they are wearing that day. She was specifically looking for a skein to match her shirt. And she found one! It is a lovely shade of pale red and blue mohair with Shetland wool.
I first demonstrated drop spindling.
Then I showed how to spin on the wheel and explained the differences between the two. They were a lot more fascinated with the spinning process than they were with the animals (except maybe the llamas), which is definitely a first. Budding spinners?
Seconds later, she was surrounded by the children, who all wanted to pet her.
She is a very curious goat and wants to check out everything.
The children did get to feed the llamas and were surprised at how fuzzy the llama's lips were. Jennifer, one of the alpacas, knows now that grain is only available, if she comes up when people come to visit. Geoffrey is not one bit interested in grain and heads in the opposite direction.
Friday, September 19, 2008
It is not a pretty or sophisticated looking wheel, but it has the same footman as the Rose and operates just as smoothly as the Rose does. For the price, it is an awesome wheel. I attached the wild flyer and made sure that it would really work with it. Majacraft at one point used to say that the jumbo flyer worked on all of its wheels. It does not work on the Little Gem, so I wanted to be sure. With the addition of the wild flyer, you can do most anything with the Pioneer. Holly has a Lendrum and says the foot action on this wheel is better and with the wild flyer option, is one that she is going to consider as a second wheel. Since the wheel has not been finished, it lends itself to decorating. If I keep one as a rental, I am thinking of hiring someone to paint a few animals on it.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Animals caught their heads in fences again. Can't wait for them to be sheared. Talked to Danny, the shearer's wife, and we are still on schedule for October 25th. She is also a spinner and will be bringing fiber from her animals to sell - add Merino and Romney as well as crosses to your spinning fibers. Need to try out a little of everything, if you want to talk knowledgeably about wool! She spins laceweight and will have some interesting novelty yarns. She can't access the internet to upload pictures, so I will scan hers in when they arrive.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I finished this scarf. I was going to square off the edges, until I tried it on and saw how they curved in a natural funky manner. The flash on my camera did not seem to catch the colors well, so I am going to take more pictures tomorrow. I want to put it on ravelry.com as a finished project.
Another way to wear it.
Some one emailed me about the color of one of the yarns that I listed on etsy. I put it down as green and it shows up as turquoise. I used an evergreen kid mohair with natural black (charcoal) mohair. Something about the two colors together gives it a different appearance. I think the color shifts with the lighting.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Kyle looks like a Bond - told him it had to be 008, because previous ones are dead. He dresses up nicely!
The little chicken -I am thinking maybe a quail - laid her first egg this morning. I will be interested to see how much yolk their is in such a tiny egg. Hope they get bigger, but could be painful for her!
In other news, I had 6 of the older goats tested for CAE, when the vet came out for No Size. I had Holly, the dairy goat, tested also. The good news is that none of them have it. He said that I tested a large enough sample of the goats to be able to say that none of my goats have it. None have ever showed signs, but it is nice to be sure. So, if you bought goats from me in the past, you can be sure that they were CAE free when they left here. The disease does not tend to run in angora goats but people, who have both dairy and angoras, could have it show up in their herds.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Someone mentioned that his problem could be disease related. I did not think so, but it stayed in the back of my mind because I did not want other animals to become infected. The vet said that my animals look very healthy.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
This is the second side. It needs more work and a few extra pieces along the top.
I had started winding a warp for bags and possible scarves, so a Coldplay and two Josh Turner CDs later, I had the warp tied on at the bag and pulled through the heddles and half of the reed. Will finish up in the morning. I decided to go with a more interesting tie-up than the plain weave, since I put 12 yards on. I figured I would weave bags that can be embellished with freeform, if the weft is not as nice as I expect it to be.
I have washed and dyed yarn that I am going to put on a loom that I moved to the workshop (garage!) I am going to make the Lindsay Tartan. I am trying to duplicate the colors from a book that I saw years ago. The online colors seem close enough, but I think I am going to end up taking liberty with them, since I have come up with a combination that I really like. Will post photos of that tomorrow. I have a 12 yard cotton warp on that loom from the previous owner, which I am going to cut off. After 2 1/2 years, I can tell I am never going to use it, because I prefer handspun and a more interesting design!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
No pictures - I was too busy catching.