Saturday, December 29, 2007
I just finished ringing out the water and now this batch will go down on the drying rack to dry. I know it is hard to see while it is still wet but there is three different purples and two blues in this batch. When all the batches are done there will be around 7 different purples, 5 different blues and three different greens. Then after they are dry I will place them on the picker to open the fleece and then I will look at the baskets and decide what other additions I will add to this before I start with the carding machine. That will be around four days from now so I promise to take pictures. Back in a while.
I had this desire today to climb in the rafters and get a wonderful fleece from my stash and start work. In the pot is about 1/8 of a British Shetland Lamb fleece. It only required one washing and then off to be dyed. I broke the fleece into 8 sections so I could do some special dyeing process. What I love about this breed is you do not find it much in the states and a dear friend of mine sold me six fleeces from her spring lambs. They have such bounce and softness when washed. They also take dye up in various degrees so you do not get a flat wool. I love spinning this fleece and over time many of my customers have made great socks out of them. As soon as I can rinse the first pot I will post that color. Not too long now.
Sorry it has been so long but life has been on roller skates around the farm. I have a new member of the Funny Farm Family - his name is Clem. He came to me about two weeks ago because his two legged Mommy is going to be moving and he can not come. He is the sweetest, well mannered boy and has made himself right at home. Clem has already celebrated my oldest sons 24th birthday and Christmas. He thinks it is one party after another - he is in for a surprise. I will be posting more about him but I do not want to appear to be head over heels in love - O.K. I am but I will spare you all my stories for now. Just wanted to share the new man in my life.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thanks for stopping in and have a happy fall weekend.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Well, let me catch you up:
We have had 95 to 98 degree weather for the past three weeks. Huge thunder and lightening storms every afternoon (that is why the computer went - not a cloud in the sky and then lightening struck)
All of my hens are now laying - so that means 10 eggs a day. I would love to be baking if only the heat outside was not so high.
I have been getting the goats ready for breeding season. "Red" my Angora Billy is more then excited for breeding to start - he is already giving off his wonderful musk smell.
During the time of sweating outside pulling tons of weeds I have been working on my much needed inner work. We all get so busy that sometimes we get a small voice crying for attention. I have been working on "WHAT'S NEXT"? Now that my sons have move out and I am so thrilled for their new lives, I have to stand back and decide what should this gal do with the rest of her life? If there are those out there who have experienced this need I would love to hear what you came up for yourself. After working so hard to make my family thrive after the loss of my husband, I have not planned for this time of life and would love to hear what you all are doing. I love my farm but it sure is alot of work along with the fiber business. Suggestions anyone?
Well, that is about it for now but look for new yarns and some new goodies on the etsy site. I have just been waiting for a working computer. Glad to be back and love to hear from you all.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
I downloaded all the pictures here too but when I logged back on I have no idea where they went? So please just hit www.larkspurfunnyfarm.etsy.com and you will see the pictures of them. I have about two hundred to go so be patient with me. Visit often because there will be some great books needing new homes. Have a GREAT Sunday everyone.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Friday, June 8, 2007
This eager llama is "LLB" (Little Llama Boy). He is a four year old male llama that has become very interested in viewing his reflection in the shop french doors. This week he has become a brave soul and ventured up to the house while nippling on the grass that has been growing thigh high this spring. I am presently making new curtains for the shop and put up some black plastic on one set of the french doors so the sun would not harm the fibers. As LLB was following the two goats kids on their morning snacking adventures he walked pass the french doors and he saw this fetching young male llama. He decided to get a closer look. The first day he spent the entire day with his nose pressed on the glass looking into the eyes of this new llama. When I came down to the shop the next morning he was in the same position and fixed on meeting this new addition to the farm. I finally had to place him back in his pasture so I knew he would eat, drink and rest. Each day when I let him out to feast on the tall grass around the house, you can find LLB making several trips up to the french doors to share all the gossip from the goats and see " Who is the fairest of them all?" This morning LLB also decided to pull off the note that I had posted for the delivery man. All that was left was a line of tape that he had tried several times to get but since llama's lips split open on the top he could not get it. Do not worry he did not eat the sign - rather he just stepped all over it.
I wonder who will be at my door tomorrow morning?
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
"Don't like the weather in Colorado - just wait 10 minutes". This is the view off my front deck and that pond is filled with run off from our upper pasture. The snow covered mountain is Pikes Peak and I get to see that everyday not matter what the weather. I have 5 wild ducks in the pond but once the weather warms up, the ponds dries up and they will be off to better watering holes.
Monday, May 7, 2007
SNOW AGAIN !!!!
I woke up to 10 " of very wet snow this morning. The huge pine trees are bending to the ground with wet white blankets of snow. I never get upset when we get moisture but the ground is over flowing with water and now coming thru the concrete in the basement. It is too bad that this will not last and soon we will be back to fire warnings and forest fires. It is hard to believe that we are so behind in water levels and they say this will be another fire danger summer - yet the McMansions are still planting Kentucky Blue Grasses and building in the timber lines. When will people start to see what terrible things they are doing with our planet. I will enjoy it while it is here and get out the muck boots again for the mud is back. The other nice thing about all this water hanging about - I have five wild ducks living in our pond. I wish I could get close enough to them for a picture but they are too wise for that.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Many folks can not understand why I do what I do but they will never know the pure joy of creating something with the help of one of your four legged friends. The fiber that is shown on my drying racks is Mohair. This lush fiber came from one of my weathers named "Snow". He is the kindest guy you would ever want to meet. He right now looks horrible in the pasture because of the all the mud and snow but once I sheer him that fiber is washed, dyed and turned into something that is beyond words.
I wished you could be in my studio right now and feel this fiber. He is such a sweetheart and it translate in his fiber. A dream to spin but works just as well in a glas bowl that you can see, feel and dream of the wonders of nature. I will soon be placing this fiber on my etsy account but if you can not wait contact at email@example.com and we will get it to you before the rest of the world has a chance. Don't you wished you had my life?
Saturday, March 17, 2007
This yarn is as rare as a four leaf clover - so put down that green beer and grab this up with both hands.