Sunday, July 15, 2018

Signs of wear

One of the unique aspects of the wool I provide, in addition to being incredibly soft and bouncy (thanks to our flock of lovely soft shetland sheep) is that I hand process pretty much everything I sell.  I think it makes for a nicer experience for the knitter/spinner.

The equipment I use to hand process is starting to show its age, and as I am using the tools of this trade I reflect on the volume of wool that has passed over the guides, cards and hands.  I wonder where all that wool is across the world and if it is providing use as a decoration, a source of warmth or some other type of value.


Every lock is flicked.  My flicker tines get a little misaligned over time.

Clean dirt build up.
That callous on my index finger is from holding locks while they are flicked.  I think it could stop a bullet.

This guide has a groove worn into it from the yarn passing over it, it still has some use before I'll need to replace it 

But this guide has just about worn right through.  I'm going to keep using it until one day it will just break in two.  I wonder what it will feel like when it happens


My doffing tool is all crooked

I use my paddle cards to pack the wool onto my drum carder like so

And one day realized that it was getting grooves worn into the back of it from the tines on the drum carder.  This observation is what inspired this post.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

What I am working on

Happy 4th!  Part of my day off will be spent in the nice cool basement fiber studio.

Here is a fun video of our twin lambs bottle feeding.  More like racing actually.


Beginning steps of the gradient yarn from Lyanna

Lyanna


Lyanna's gradient yarn ready to wash


Finished carding Baxter

Pretty single from Baxter
Finishing off the second try of a barn hat from Elara

Carding Ygritte, our moorit ewe who is actually for sale

Ygritte's washed fleece on the carding table






Sunday, June 24, 2018

Chores

Yesterday we did CDT shots and ear tags on the lambs and wormed the flock.  Also had the opportunity to evaluate some of the lambs we are considering putting on the sale list.

Waiting their turn


We get weights on the sheep.  The crate idea was discarded shortly after this photo and we resorted to just having Will hold them and stand on the scale.

Went with yellow for this years group of lambs

Rich gives the shots and wormer.  He also does a close scrutiny of fleece and health


Good records are a blessing after the job is done.

I am the sheep grabber.  Invented three new curse words while doing this job yesterday.

Hannah was the record keeper.

Me chillin with my girl Pearl.

Hannah with Jane Eyre's pretty ewe

Saturday, June 23, 2018

What I am working on

It is a lovely, drizzly day today, I love rainy Saturdays.



Spinning Kyrie - a nice moorit fleece.







Finished spinning Lyanna's solid wool, pretty oatmeal white, next I'll spin her darker bits into a gradient yarn.  Lamb fleeces are so amazing to spin.








And re knitting Elara's hat.  I knit it once using a new cast on method and hated it, the edge was too rigid, so I frogged it and started over with my tried and true method of using two needles for the cast on.  I don't mind as I love knitting Elara's wool.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Rams for sale

The rams below are for sale as registered (inquire for pricing if registration not required)
We breed for polled rams.
Prices do not include interstate health papers and/or delivery.
Volume discounts will be considered
50% nonrefundable deposit to hold your selection
Email any questions or if you need more information to jen6265@gmail.com

Thanks for looking!

Whispering Pines Oberyn
DOB 4/28/2017
Proven
Pearl x OKAcres Nitro
Black
2018 SF 20.1
$450

Whispering Pines Mr. Darcy
DOB 4/26/15
Proven
Genoa x Canterbury
Grey Katmoget
2018 SF 19.1
$450

Whispering Pines Tormund
DOB 4/24/17
Jane Eyre x Nitro
Fawn Spotted Katmoget
2018 SF 19.4
$450

OK Acres Nitro
DOB 3/30/2015
Proven
OK Acres Sierra x Crosswinds Thor
Spotted Moorit
2018 SF 22.2
$450

Ram Lamb
DOB 4/28/2018
Elara x OK Acres Nitro
Spotted Black

$450

Ram Lambs
DOB 4/17/2018
Dowager Countess x OK Acres Nitro
Spotted Fawn Katmoget
$450 each

Ram Lamb
DOB 4/24/2018
Pearl x OK Acres Nitro
Spotted Fawn Katmoget
$450


Ram Lamb
DOB 4/24/2018
Ivy x OK Acres Nitro
Spotted Fawn Katmoget
$450

Ram Lambs
DOB 4/25/2018
Blue Sapphire x OK Acres Nitro
Spotted Fawn Katmoget
Spotted Grey Katmoget
$450 each

Ram Lamb
DOB 4/24/2018
Mrs Patmore x OK Acres Nitro
Spotted Fawn Katmoget
$450

Ram Lamb
DOB 4/28/2018
Sybil x OK Acres Nitro
Moorit
$450

Ram Lamb
DOB 5/1/2018
Jane Eyre x OK Acres Nitro
Moorit
$450


Ram Lamb
DOB 5/1/2018
O'Brien x OK Acres Nitro
Moorit
$450

Ram Lamb
DOB 5/1/2018
Genoa x OK Acres Nitro
Moorit
$450