Sheep and Gardens

Don’t get too excited, it isn’t what you think. Believe me when I say, that I want this title to be about my very own sheep. Alas, the sheep in which my title refers is to all the beautiful sheep that I saw Mother’s Day weekend at the NH Sheep and Wool festival.

I had my mind made up before I left the house, I had a list & knew what I wanted.

And I will tell you friends, that Alpaca was definitely not on my list

But I bought a pound.

Goat was also not on my list…yep, I bought an entire angora goat fleece.

I had considered buying merino again, from a new vendor this time. Alas I found none. Instead I went to the judging barn and fell in love with a beautiful Corriedale fiber. The only thing I got this was actually on my list was Navajo Churro, I am interested to see how that spins up.

Not everything thing has been washed, but I finally got the chance to washed the beautiful Shetland wool that I was gifted last fall. I’ve been using my new combs and combing up a storm at our booth at the farmers market.

I also has some of Noël’s fiber to spin up. She has fought me for so long about getting sheared, last week we had a hot day of 85 and she just sat on my lap with no fuss and allowed me to cut away. She looks like a whole new rabbit!

As much as I love snow, I am glad the heat is here. We have been busy transplanting veggies out into the garden beds. Last week we had the help of my nephew who was up from Georgia!

He helped with the beds and helped us fence off two acres of woods for the pigs

The potatoes are getting bigger every day, we planted thirty pounds this year!

Set up a drip irrigation line in the greenhouse

And finally put the babies out with the big girls.

I have two (yes that’s right) projects finished

This beautiful lap blanket that I had been making for my grandmother, I gave it two her two days before she passed.

The second is the mandala waistcoat I had been working on for my cousins wife. This was a challenging project, but I enjoyed making it.

As we are on our first of many days of rain and it is dreary outside, I will end this with a bit of color. I’ve had a request at the farmers market for colorful wool for felting.

And I delivered!

Have a great week folks!!

A sad goodbye

These last few weeks have been a crazy whirlwind of emotions. Happiness and excitement at the NH Sheep and Wool, were quickly replaced with sadness and heartache.

Yesterday evening, after a long battle with cancer, I lost a big piece of my heart.

This strong beautiful woman helped raise me to be who I am today. I love you Gram.

Warm

The temperature is slowly warming up and everyone is making their way outside.

Though they are now back in the chicken wagon, we fenced off the back end of the greenhouse and let the girls out to stretch and scratch and enjoy the sunshine.

The ducks give us our daily egg hunt, start laying in the duck wagon ladies!

We got five little piggies a week ago, their mom lives at Story land in the summer months, if you see her tell her that her piglets are being spoiled.

We made a four hour round trip to Clinton Maine on Friday, we picked up our order of fruit trees, bought seed potatoes, clover, & trays.

I didn’t want to leave

We had to stop a few adjust the trees (70 mph on a highway for over 100 miles 😳)

We made it home safe and sound, trees unharmed.

Have a great day folks!

New babies

We have been hit with the flu, school has been missed, and house work has been ignored. We’ve spent our time cuddled under blankets with books and “pizza”

Or consuming large amounts of coffee to get us through the day

We won’t let it get us down, there is far to much to do.

Despite the freezing rain coming down outside, we have flowers popping up

We have veggies of all kinds making appearances in our indoor greenhouse

and we have 150 new babies

Making friends with old babies.

My wheel has been fixed and the cake batter romney yarn has been plyed.

Wool combs have arrived

and I can already see a large difference between combing and carding, also carding already combed fiber is softer than regular carded fiber.

The merino for instance. Combed vs carded. Not perfect as I am realizing this merino was picked out when I had no idea how to pick wool and I have a lot of second cuts it appears. I know better now.

Look how nice and clean the romney looks, free of dirt and neps.

Combed and carded together.

My mind is racing with different ideas for this wool. Will I stick it on Etsy, will I dye it and spin it? I’m just not sure. I can say that I am very excited for the fiber festival in a few weeks.

Have a great day folks!

The wheel isn’t turning

And that is because my spinning wheel broke today, I am hoping that it is an easy fix because I was in the middle of plying this gorgeous romney I blended together.

I have been having so much fun blending batts lately, I wanted to finally spin some up to see how they turn out….I’m also trying to keep myself occupied spinning these batts while I impatiently await my recently purchased wool combs from Susan’s fiber…I won’t lie, the fact that she allows sheep to roam around her shop was the reason I choose to buy from her 😂

I have so much merino waiting in my basement to play with, but it does not turn out well when I run into through my drum carder….the one I spent almost two years researching…the one that claimed it was for fine fiber like merino (it was written right in the description!!!)

I am excited to try out these combs and see how well they work (Hopefully better than my handmade combs 😞 not very pretty & it’s just tetanus waiting to happen)

The snow is starting to melt, the chickens are laying over 80 eggs a day, we have 150 chicks arriving any day now (I hope) & seeds have been started for this years garden.

We have been making plans for when the snow melts. A wattle fence is on the list, more fruit trees & berry bushes (Elderberry Jam anyone?).

The fiber festival is happening soon, because of course the 60lbs in my basement just isn’t enough, one must try out all wool options before choosing a breed of sheep.

Another big trip will be to Fedco in Maine, for their annual tree sale, lots of fun planned for the year!

Have a great weekend folks!

Unexpected guests

This weekend ended with a unexpected visitor of the four legged kind.

We found this cutie wandering down the middle of the road. Now I don’t advice people to just start picking up strays and sticking them in cars with kids, that can be dangerous, but hear me out.

I parked my car on the side of the road and this little fluffy bundle ran up to me and immediately wagging his tail and licking my hand. Once I checked his collar for an address and found nothing but a rabies tag, and then deemed that he was indeed a friendly dog, he was put into the car where he quickly jumped into the back seat and well, as you can see, made himself at home.

Wanting to find his owners ASAP, his picture was taken and posted not only on a few lost and found groups, but also texted and emailed out to neighbors. I think we ended up spending a good 45 minutes driving around, stopping at houses to see if he belonged to anyone.

After no luck, we determined that snowball/snow/Oreo here was in much need of a bath (my car still needs to be vacuumed and possibly sprayed with perfume).

He then spent five hours snuggled up with our little dude

Who was determined that this was now his dog.

Alas, Rohön’s owners called right before bedtime and came to pick up their pup and he was happily reunited with them. As it turns out they live just down the road and it their house happened to be the one I did not stop at, due to the very very long driveway.

While we were sad to see Snowball/Snow/Oreo/Rohön (phew) leave, we were very happy to meet some new friends.

Color everywhere

Oh Mother Nature sure fooled us, with her warm sunny days melting all the snow. We were expecting rain today, but woke to a wintery mix.

The chickens don’t seem to mind the weather cooling off, the greenhouse is still warm believe it or not.

Ragnar is still walking around, keeping an eye on everyone to make sure all is in order.

His brother Bruce is soon in need of a new home

Too many roosters in this 50’x24′ winter home. Anyone need a good Easter egger Roo?! Free to a good home.

I’ve been playing more with the wool I dyed last Sunday, I had an idea yesterday morning and it stuck with me all day.

That is some angelina that was sent to me from Natalie Redding from Namaste Farms

Every single bobbin I own is claimed by one fiber or another, I simply couldn’t wait however and dug out a drop spindle

I hope to get a little more spun up this weekend.

Now for the last bit of color fro, my home to yours

Have a great weekend folks!