Friday, September 30, 2011
Remember, all you have to do to enter is join the FIX group on Ravelry and post your purchases in the October Entries thread. That's it!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
I will post pictures of Danny Smith shearing some of the sheep as soon as I get them resized. I am just too tired tonight.
I will also be posting fleeces for sale on our farm's website as soon as I can get them skirted and photographed. We have 47 sheep and lamb fleeces:
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Fleeces will be sold from the Diamond B Sheep Farm website . I am not taking reserves for particular fleeces from this shearing. Our summer has been so terribly hot, that I am a little concerned about fleece quality. Therefore, I do not want to promise a fleece away before I have assessed it. All will be skirted and sold on a first come, first serve basis, with prices starting at $14 a pound, plus shipping.
Also, I just updated the pictures of most of the lambs that are still for sale. Many of them are still waiting for their new homes!
Great news! Everyone needs to join the Fiber Indie eXperience Co-op on Ravelry! Once you have joined (it's free!) and purchase one of Diamond B Sheep Farm's fleeces, go to the September entry thread and post your purchase to earn an entry towards one of this month's prize boxes full of over $155 worth of fibery goodness!
Friday, September 2, 2011
And the fiber prize box:
We are also giving away a special anniversary box to the person who purchases from the most FIX shops this month!
So come join the FIX Ravelry Group, go shopping, and hopefully, win great prizes!
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Because it is completely bias, it drapes beautifully! I have a feeling there will be many scarves made on this loom!
Monday, August 15, 2011
This is some of my first handspun yarn from a few years ago. There isn't much, 150 yds, but it is one of the first presentable yarns I ever made. Plus, it is Razorback Red!
I decided to use it on my new rectangle loom (more on that in a minute.) But obviously, this skein of yarn is not going to cooperate in this form - can we say tangled/mangled beyond use? So normally I have one of my rugrats sit and hold the skein on two outstretched hands while I either use the ball winder or wind it into a ball by hand. This usually involves lots of complaining on the part of the forced volunteer, followed by lots of ugly looks from me. But, hey, it gets the job done.
Well, no rugrats today because school started. Hmmm.....I inherited impatience (thanks Dad!), so actually waiting until someone gets home to help - it ain't an option. I have tried the "loop it around a dining room chair" method - never figured that one out. Also tried the ultimate impatience method of laying the loop in my lap and trying to wind from that. Yeah right, remember tangled/mangled? That is when the ah-HA!!! moment struck. If I loop this skein around my neck like a necklace, and let gravity do its job, I should be able to wind this all by myself!
Now I know I am probably the last person in this century to figure this one out, I can just hear folks reading this post and going "DUH!", but I was rather proud of myself!
Friday, August 12, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
Silk caps (lots of them!), alpaca roving, dyed Romney locks, bamboo, merino/bamboo, sari silk, mohair, art batts and yarn, oh my!
Yes, there is a spinning wheel in there - hubby found it and we called mom and she wanted it! It is old and needs some TLC, but it is still a beautiful wheel!
Later - as I get to stuff, I want to show a better picture and then what I make out of it. My brain won't shut off now, either. I saw so many things, and have way too many ideas for stuff, and the Lord still hasn't granted my prayer for 2 extra hours in my day!
Sunday, July 31, 2011
And here is the current give away for Fiber Indie Co-op Experience:
Just join the group on Ravelry, make purchases in the partcipating online shops, and post your purchases! That is it! Each qualifying purchase earns you an entry into the current drawing. This month, two people will win gift certificates to use in FIX shops!!!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
This is exciting! I have just joined a wonderful group of fiber folks called "Fiber Indie Experience Co-op"! The purpose of this group is to promote independant fiber artists, and boy, is there some talent in this group!
If you haven't checked it out yet, visit our Ravelry group . There you can learn about the current month's promotion, like giant prize boxes full of fibery goodness and gift certificates to use in their shops! It is amazing! Visit the members' online shops and make purchases to enter the current contest - the details are all there. And you get the warm fuzzies, knowing that when you purchase from these members, you are helping to support fiber addictions and you are helping to feed fiber herds all over the United States.
Friday, July 1, 2011
This is from Beau, one of our registered Border Leicester rams. Beau's fleece is golden cream and very soft with lots of sheen. Many spinners like these rovings because they are very easy to spin and virtually free of vm.
And then, I was going to make this into roving, but..............
Could you imagine combing out these beautiful curls? Ava grew this fleece last year. She is a registered Border Leicester, also. There are 6 ounces of this gorgeous stuff waiting to find its way into your stash!
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
While getting things ready to teach tomorrow, I realized that we are low on hand dyed rovings. So out came the dye pots. This first roving is by far my favorite. I have been saving purple onion skins since about Christmas. I finally had plenty, so in the pot they went. I was expecting some shade of purple, rust or brown, but got a gorgeous golden yellow! I love it!
Here is a drying rack full of fiber, too. I am not pleased with the rose. I apparently did not get the powdered dye stirred in well, so it spotted, and not in a pretty way. I will probably overdye it with plum. Dark plum fixes pretty much every mistake!
Monday, June 20, 2011
I love how this yarn is multicolored, but it doesn't look "busy" like a lot of verigated yarns.
This picture is a little dark, but you can see the overall lacy look.
This will be a gift for a very dear lady that I used to work with. I seldom manage to keep things I create. I manage to justify to myself that time spent sitting on my hiney knitting is okay if I am making something for someone else. This lady is a beautiful Christian role model, and was a joy to work with. When I started this shawl, it was going to be for myself, but she kept coming to mind as I was working. Then one day I was driving down the street in front of the school, thinking about the section of the shawl I was working on, and there she stood, waiting to cross the street to another building on campus. Sometimes the Lord makes things very plain!
Saturday, June 18, 2011
This first one is a Gotland ewe who may be bred:
Then there were two Wensleydale cross twin rams. We also have their mother, an elegant black Wensleydale. I was very excited about the fleeces on this group of three. This lamb is silver-y black, and his twin brother is coal black. Both are very tightly curled:
This is another Gotland ewe:
We also now have two Gotland rams, one is creamy white and the other is black. So. Our not so little flock has grown again. Where am I going to put all this wool at spring shearing time?
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Kate, of Lowder Colour Farms, one of my very favorite people, had several of her beautiful Wensleydale fleeces. I had to stay away! I still have the gorgeous chocolate brown from her last year that needs to be played with. But you can't stop a girl from looking!
Gwen and Donna from The Weavery at Indian Meridian were set up next to us. Those ladies know how to create a tempting booth! I immediately spied a deep cranberry batt, made up of merino, silk and bamboo. I decided it would be my one purchase of the day after I had a few sales. Well, someone else bought it before I could, but that is okay, it isn't like there is a wool shortage at my house. Instead, I decided to give in and spin my own hand dyed Blue Faced Leicester roving that I had with me. I had brought the little Mathieson wheel to this show because he is so portable, but he can be a bit cranky at times, and the bobbin I put on would not spin. Period. It just wouldn't. Donna commented that it looked to be the same size as some Ashford bobbins she had, and she brought one over. It is a perfect match! So now I have a source for more bobbins for my favorite little wheel!
Lisa Sasser, another one of my favorite people, had some of the prettiest wool from her flock. Her alpaca was so soft, I could have dove in and took a nap in heaven for awhile! And her batts.....ahhhhhhh....her batts, so very pretty, and such beautiful colors. But, alas, I have a feed bill to pay, so I had to be content with my new Ashford bobbin.
One more beauty to share - there was an extremely talented lady at the show, I think she was part of the Log Cabin Spinning Guild. She had brought some of her hand knit shawls to show. One of them was made from cashmere and angora that she had spun herself. It was a soft shade of tan, and looked like it could float, it was so light and airy. Such skill and patience!
I would have posted pictures of all of the lovelies I saw, but, as usual, when we pulled out of the driveway at 4 am yesterday moring to head off to the show, my camera was still sitting on the kitchen counter. Good place for it. At least I knew exactly where it was every time I wanted to use it yesterday!
Thursday, June 9, 2011
We raise full blood Shetland, Shetland/Border Leicester cross (MY favorite spinning fiber), Cotswold cross, and we have one full blood Border Leicester ram lamb. All of the lamb and parents' pictures can be seen on our website:
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Saturday, June 4, 2011
And then, my calla lillies are in full bloom:
These come back year after year and I think they are just gorgeous!