Sheep!!!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there! I just spent the afternoon at my favorite event of the year, The New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival! We had fun dodging raindrops and admiring all the beautiful yarn and delicious wool.




The kids were very much in love with this little lamb.




We talked to a lot of vendors who helped in my mission to get my own little flock, as of today they have jumped the list ahead of highland cattle. I thank you all!

My goal this year was to purchase wool I had never spun before


I got an ounce of Teeswater, an ounce of Leicester longwool, a pound of Cotswold, and then the large bag is Romney which of course I did spin last year, but I couldn’t walk away from it.

I am very excited to get this all clean and spun up, I’ve been testing out a few new yarn dyeing techniques and well…I may never go buy yarn at the store again.




I just realized that it is two days past my four year blogaversary!!!! Once again I would love to say thank you to everyone who follows me, even though I rarely make clothes or finish anything I do start. I try, I really do, and I appreciate you coming back regardless. 

To all my new readers, Welcome to my blog, I hope you are enjoying it so far…if not stay tuned for all the baby animals.

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers & mothers to be, also to all the Fathers out there out take on the role of both mom & dad!!

Have a great week folks!!

Put on your dancing shoes

Hello *waves*, I am back from my unplanned sabbatical. We’ve had a few weeks of craziness going on here, and as a result I am still trying to catch up on sleep, so I can catch up on knitting & crochet projects.

First I just want to take a quick moment to talk about domestic abuse. I’m not going to go into full details, but I have a friend who over the past year has been a victim of domestic abuse, first with words, then with control, towards the end she wasn’t allowed to talk to anyone, including her child, and after came the physical abuse.

I am happy to say that, she has made it out of that relationship and will hopefully be getting help. I am hoping her boyfriend will be getting some professional help as well. If you know of someone who is being abused, as scary as it is, please speak up. You could be saving someone’s life.
I’ve never been more afraid, then when my friend banged on my window at 2:00 in the morning, I’ve never shaken so much sitting in my house with the doors locked and the lights off, waiting for the cops to arrive. My friend was crying and terrified, she is safe now, and will hopefully never have to go through something like that again.

If you are in an abusive relationship, there are ways out. Shelters, safe houses, or maybe even a family member or friend. No matter what, don’t take the blame for their actions, don’t make excuses for them. There is no excuse to verbally, mentally, or physically harm someone. Break the cycle.

Now on to something a little more uplifting and positive, and fluffy

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I finally have 95% of my wool, silk, bamboo, seasilk, and tencel ready for either carding or spinning (either way it’s all washed, save for pound of Lincoln long wool).

I am ready for all of that to be yarn when we move next summer. I actually just finished spinning a pound of alpaca, yeah you read that right a POUND

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I spun it up bulky and had a few mistakes, but that is all trial and error right?!

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I am in the process of crocheting three scarves for a friend, with the yarn above. That too did not happen without a little trial and error, so I broke the rules. Yeah that’s right, I’m a crochet rebel. 6″ wide and 60″ down?! Heck no, 60″ wide and 6″ down is how I role, and the first scarf looks really good if I say so myself.

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I’ll post a better picture when I am finished with all three.

I was hoping to have them done tonight, but guess what?! I have kids. They like to sit on my lap when they see me working with yarn, they like to get out of bed twenty five times a night and when I set my alarm to go off at 5:15 in the morning with the thought of knitting, guess who is up half an hour before that alarm goes off?! You know what though?! I wouldn’t trade them for all the yarn in the world, now that’s love.

I probably won’t write again until sometime next week, this week I have rehearsals and three performances of The Nutcracker!! I am super excited! If you happen to live in the North Western part of NH, you may or may not have seen fliers for it, and if you have, well what are you waiting for?! Go buy yourself some tickets! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,

I have two finished items to share with you this week, and then I will leave you with a picture of Aileys latest obsession

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Here is a batman hat I made, I think I’m going to sew the yellow circle on with black yarn and redo the bat, so I lied…semi finished project.

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My bosom friend had an open house today, she sells party green products and she ordered something lights to put natural lip balm in.

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Adventures in fiber arts

Well friends, I’ve been experimenting that’s never good, I usually buy white wool so I can dye it whatever color I wish, now the icelandic wool was sitting around waiting for me, so I finally took matters into my own hands and started experimenting.

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My first experiment was with kool-aid….now I had I taken the time to research more, I would have known which kool-aid colors to purchase…you see, my kids don’t drink kool-aid or any juice really (that’s just how we roll). So I assumed that the green package would be green and the blue package would be blue. No instead I had red, yellow, & orange for colors.

The next day I tried again, this time with Wilton food dye

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Again….a little weird, but better

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I let the wool dry out in my bathroom for a few days, not knowing how long it would take to dry. It took a little longer then excepted but we had cold weather which caused out forced hot water heat to not work, and then our pipes froze and burst (right next to the wool woo hoo). So after all that jazz, it was finally dry enough for me to test out

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Spun

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Plyed (the purple came from different wool that I have)

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I only made a small sample

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And turned it into the purse for the doll Lorelai is receiving for her 7th birthday.

Here is something else I just finished spinning

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Merino/silk

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Spun

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Wrapping on the homemade HandyAndy

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Plyed

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Counting the yards (surprisingly only 55 yards)

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Finished project.

Now time to card up the wool I just dyed!

Have a great day folks!!

Two birds, one stone

This morning started off a little rough, while we knew it was coming it was still sad to hear of the passing of my husband’s Grandmother. She was a lovely woman and will be missed very much.

I figured with her passing that it might be easier on my husband if I took one of the kids with me today to my guild meeting. So I brought along my daughter.

She learned to make yarn cakes at today’s guild meeting, and while she was quiet for most of the time, she spent a good fifteen minutes telling her daddy all about it when we got home.

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Meanwhile, I learned about carding boards

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*sigh* one more thing to add to my wish list…not that I’m complaining or anything.
It was very interesting to watch.

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This is the yarn cake my daughter made from the llama & Icelandic wool blend I spun up, I’m very happy with the outcome which is why I decided to rent the guild drum carder for another month, I have much more llama as you have all seen and I have many plans for it. The drum carder will be much faster then the hand carders.

Here is where I kill two birds with one stone. As I mentioned in my last entry, my husband decided that the llama wool blend would make excellent socks, as I am still working on my Jane Austen project, this is the perfect time to complete at least one clothing item this year.

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So I’ve decided on the Tilney socks by Rachel Coopey from the fall issue of Jane Austen knits.

I think this is project number 9 that I’ve started this year.

Have a nice night folks!

Carding wool

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When carding, it is best to leave the softest wool for last. That way, you don’t go from carding silky pygora, only to end up disappointed that the icelandic shetland doesn’t feel just as amazing.

Anywho from L-R
Hog island, white horned dorset, pygora, icelandic shetland, and two random fleeces I purchased in years past.

Have a nice night folks!

Directions *edit*

Ok let me first start off by saying that when I was in the sixth grade my ear drum burst, lots of blood, lots of pain, even a little bit of hearing loss. Okay probably 2% loss but still, that is the excuses I am telling myself about why I did the guild project wrong.

Reading over the news letter today I read we were supposed to do 4×4 samples. Did I do that?! Nope, I must have misheard and thought oh bring in a sample of work.

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Here shows my spinning progress.

Next time I’ll ask, but for now…..here is a unfinished oxo scarf.

Have a great day folks!

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I’m okay! The 4×4 is an optional sample swatch woot! Next time maybe 😀

P.S
I love this guild, one meeting a month is not enough 😀