December 31, 2007

Winter Holiday Spinning

Here I go, this is 60% Shetland, 40% Mohair. It runs through my fingers like butter - I love spinning.

I've been quite busy this winter break: These 2 skiens i spun this week are from my shetlands. they turned out better that I had hoped. I'm just going to keep spinning and spinning until classes start back up on Jan. 14th. I hope I complete the shetland/mohair fleece i'm working on.

Have a wonderful holiday - and a Happy New Year :)

Fingerless Mit

This is my first attempt at a Fingerless Mitt. I think I did a decent job. You would never guess that I spun this yarn from my dog Sammie, a Great Pyrenees. - This mit is very soft and fluffy, just like Sammie.

Quiet Morning

As the moon sets in the west, all is quiet on the farm.

December 12, 2007


Hitching Post
Smoke and Medichi

We've had a few rough days. The animals are hanging in there.

November 11, 2007

Kaila having a chat with Medichi, while I fix the saddle. ---- shhhhhhhh---- i think she's sleeping. :)

November 5, 2007

Here's Medichis' new friend, Smoke

Oh my goodness, he is huge; just over 16hh!!! Medichi is only 15hh - this should be fun :) I can't wait to go riding. I think our farm is finally complete. 3 kids, 2 horses, 3 dogs, a rabbit, and a lot of Shetland Sheep :) My goal has been reached. - it's a beautiful thing!!!!!!!

October 27, 2007

Lunging Medici
she'll catch on eventually :)

September 29, 2007

Medicine Hat

Well, I just brought home my new horse, isn't she cute :) I'm still trying to find her the right name, we just call her Med-hat at the moment. If you have any suggestions, please leave it in the comment.

August 24, 2007

Fall is my favorite time of the year. Our sheep are enjoying the cooling weather, spending their days grazing the lush, green pastures and preparing for breading season. Here we are, school is back in session. For me, my projects are taking longer and longer to finish. I have 13 credit hours this semester. This alone is keeping me very busy. And don't forget, gratefully, our children have returned to school. These are the signs of the start of Fall. Enjoy these days while they last.

August 7, 2007

Practice rug and sock

This is a 'woven stitch' sock I'm currently working on for practice. I will also spin some of my shetland wool specifically for knitting socks.

My practice rug, it is only 29" dia. I will be creating rugs of all different sizes and shapes with my corser shetland wool.

I love to work with all the different grades of fiber my shetland sheep produce.

August 4, 2007

Sparrow, my wether.

Sparrow is only 6 months old. I just love his colors; I had to have him. He's Shetland and Cheviot cross. The chocolate color is so rich, I can't wait to shear him.

Isreal, my favorite Ram

I'm so excited to see how his horns grow out, they are looking so good. This pic. was just taken, he is 5 months old.

Sammie, The Great Pyrenees

This is our Great Pyrenees, Sammie, and a pic of his hair spun into a skien. The yarn is very soft.

July 31, 2007

Few pics of the Threshing Weekend

My son Michael
Steam powered tractor

Draft Pulling

D17 Allis Chalmers and 1948 AC Roto Baler, I've got the tractor, I WANT that baler :)!!!!!

2007 Threshing/Steam Show Stephenson County

We had so much fun at the Steam show. Tami and I spun for three days; introducing many people to the world of spinning. This is me :) I can't wait untill next year!

July 6, 2007

Ewes, July 2007

Here are my ewes from upper left to right: Gem, Ginger, Felicity, Nala, Star, Togepi, and Midnight.

New Pasture mates for the sheep

This beautiful Doe and her fawn have found the ewes pasture to their liking.

Attention New Spinners!!!

I highly recommend the book: "Teach Yourself Visually, Handspinning" by Judith MacKenzie McCuin. This book breaks down tools needed, different types of fiber, and how to spin: by hand with a drop spindle and by wheel. I have found this book indispensable.

June 25, 2007

Carding Day and Spining

I love my new hand carders. They are adding so much luster to my wool. My new Lendrum spinning wheel is so easy to use. I finished my first skein with my new wheel, it has turned out so beautiful. This wool was from one of my older ewes named Togepi. Her fleece, among others of all colors will be available for purchase in the Spring of 2008. I do have a few fleeces available now, I will be posting them very soon.

New Friends

Sale day at 'The Fold" was a wonderful experience. I learned so much.
The greatest detail I think I learned was, never to go anywhere without a pad of paper and a pen!!!
These ladies have so much knowledge, and they are very willing to teach anyone who wants to learn. I made some great new friends, and look forward to meeting them again. Thank you again ladies for being so helpful, knowledgeable, and just downright kind.