Saturday, May 23, 2009

Thursday I morning, I brought all of my dye-pots up from the basement. By Thursday evening I had picked up four big boxes a was pre-washing my beautifully spun skeins. Friday morning I began dyeing oranges, reds, yellows, blues, greens and purples ...I went nuts!
While I was working in the kitchen, I let the sheep out to mow the lawn, pull the weeds, and trim the shrubbery. I caught this shot as old Joe peeked around the back of my Yukon saying "What ...I have to go in now?" The very well-behaved-woolies stayed in the yard though temptation was close at hand in the form of taller grass growing up the driveway and down by the road.
Tomorrow the dyeing process continues. Aside from raising the sheep is my favorite part. I have a few new projects in mind and with all of this color around, I'm ready to get started before the skeins are even dry!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Of kids, and crazy weeks

It was so nice to wake up this morning and know the past week is over. Nothing bad happened ...all is well. It just was a week of not being able to get out of my own way. Some things were finished, some are still waiting. Some didn't even get started!:) Oh well ... life goes on. I am enjoying having my first Angora goat kid on the farm. Kids are very different from lambs, he has been curious, yet cautions. He stuck close to his mom all last week, then yesterday, his courage grew and he strayed quite far from her watchful eye. Uma is a terrific mom, she knows were he is every second, and he kept her on her toes, weaving in and out of sheep, climbing on the rock wall, and exploring all corners of the paddock. I must confess...I cannot keep my hands off him!

Recently I had a few folks knitting for me. If time allowed I would like to take on more projects, but the wholesale line is keeping me quite busy, so thankfully these ladies are keeping up the work for me. Thanks girls!

This sweater was knit by Bristol Ivy, using my wool/mohair blend in its natural color. She assured me I could make it for myself very quickly, so as soon as my son's baseball season is over, I am going to give it a shot. Bristol is on Ravelry as joyousbohemian, check her out, she is quite a talented knitter!
Bristol also knit this cami, and now has my beautiful Joe on her needles. She is making a sweater/jacket for me from Joe's fleece. This year I had just Joe spun into a worsted weight yarn by NEWAIM Fiber mill. Nancy does such a terrific job, and I have wanted to do this for a long time as Joe is getting old. I need to have him forever! His fleece spun into over 5000 yards of beautiful silver grey.

I also want to thank Roberta and Becca, who are also knitting for me. I will include their work in my next post.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Queen... delivers

The Queen was restless yesterday. After breakfast she bossed the peasants around as usual, picked at the hay, and got up and down, and up and down. Her tail flicked back and forth and she arched her back from time to time as she gazed down over her kingdom. Her eyes were far away at times and she wandered away from the barn looking for a private place. The Queen, the beautiful Queen then gave birth to a beautiful boy. ....and I am delighted!