WINTER IS HERE-SHEEP FRIGHT-SPINNING

9 02 2016

GREETINGS

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It’s a winter wonderland out there today.  Lil was sledding  and snow flakes flying through the air.  We are supposed to get bitter temps over the weekend so I will try and bundle up the house more.

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SHEEP FRIGHT

Last night I went up to feed the sheep later than usual around 7 pm.  There were no sheep in the barn and it was so dark I couldn’t see them in the pasture.  I called and called with no one baaing  or coming..  With all the talk about coyotes and the recent article on FIBERuary about them I panicked.  In a last ditch effort I opened the grain bin and they all came running covered with snow.  This small flock has never been known to sleep outside.  My Border Leicesters always did.    With coyotes around I am keeping them in at night and will be sure to get them in before dark from now on end.

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SPINNING

I am spinning everyday now trying to get all those bags of wool turned into yarn, and eventually into rugs, mittens, hats and scarves. Yesterdays spinning was Alpaca, and I am almost finished with that bag.  Still have one more bag of  alpaca to spin which I will get started on today.  I am going to ply it with a dark wool for added strength and then make a hoodie scarf with it.

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Many thanks for reading my blog on this now bright sunny winters day.  Hope you have a wonderful day.  Carole

 

 





IT’S FIBERUARY IS COMING

27 01 2016

GREETINGS

Sunny and glorious today.  The chickens are out  and it may be in the 50’s on Sunday.  Not normal winter weather but I do love it and on top of  that oil prices are low.

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IT’S FIBERUARY IS COMING

I have been reading Wovember for the past 3 or so years and thoroughly enjoy everything about it.  I have learned many new things. met many new people and learned about fiber life in The British Isles.  British Wool and Farmers are promoted in each article.  

We here in our local, Western Massachusetts area have such a diverse farming community but its relatively unknown.  I had been thinking of something for us to do in the cold winter months to promote the same thing here.  I spoke with Liz of Sheep and Shawl Shop in South Deerfield about my idea of It’s FIBERuary and its a go for this year.  

In the month of February we hope to have an article each day about people who work with fiber and animals.  Some of the articles will be Rug Hooking, Raising Sheep, Angora Rabbits, Alpaca’s, Pygora goats and other fiber animals, Shearing, knitting and weaving, needle felting, dyeing  and so much more.    Please join us on FIBERuary on WordPress.

Sheep and Shawl Shop will offer speakers on each Sunday of the month of February.   Times  and directions will be announced.  There will also be a Valentine contest made out of fiber at Sheep and Shawl  and information will be forthcoming .

The following is a list of the talks.

Sunday, February 7th

Stories From The Farm – Carole Adams

I have raised sheep for over 20 years and have a book full of interesting stories and have lots of experience in farming with sheep in a small way.

Sunday, February 14th       Three presenters that day!

Chris Pellerin – Dunroamin Farm

Pygora Goats

 

Hilary Woodcock-Woodcock Farm

Hilary will give a talk on Alpaca to Yarn

 

Jenny Atkins Angora Rabbits

Jenny will talk about her beautiful Angora Rabbits

 

Sunday, February 21st

Margaret Russell

Weaver of Rare Breed  Wools

Be Sure to put these events on your calendars.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you will be able to attend some of these events or read about them on the blog.  Have a wonderful day.  Carole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





USING UP OLD YARN-ONE GOES OUT AND TWO COME IN-MORNING GLORIES

7 08 2015

GREETINGS

Another beautiful day today.  Lots to do and cooler weather to do it in.  Blanket weather at night.  Sometimes the hens have to lay eggs at the same time it does cause some space problems when they both want to do it in the same space.  Their are two more nest boxes!!

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Matilda  is kind of upset with the situation!

USING UP OLD YARN

Years and Years ago I was given a trash bag full of very thick yarn.  It sat for years in the bag then I used some to weave a rug, then more to crochet a rug and now I am working on the last of it.

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 Made this cat bed while on the river.  One more to go and the yarn will finally be gone.  The cats will love them.

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ONE GOES OUT AND TWO COME IN

Yesterday while letting the side chickens out I noticed that Hazel was holding his little leg up and hopping.  Immediately brought him in and soaked his leg,  I couldn’t see anything visible and it seems to be better today.  I also brought Mrs. Brown in as they can’t stand to be separated.

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I will keep them in for  a little while to watch him and bathe his foot daily.  When they go out they will go in the dog house as the new hen is working well with the others.  Now that this has all happened Eddie can finally go out with the girls that will happen this evening.  What a day for him.

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I never get sick of seeing the beauty of morning glories.

 

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Hope you have a wonderful day.  Many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole

 

 





MRS. TURKEY CROSSING THE ROAD-THE ATTIC-WILD WEATHER

9 07 2014

GREETINGS

MRS. TURKEY CROSSES THE ROAD

A couple of days ago I had an errand in Shelburne Falls and on my way home there was Mrs. Turkey right in the middle of the road like a crossing guard.  Watching to make sure her ten children got safely into the woods.  When her job was done she followed her brood into the woods.  Its everyday happenings like this that make you grateful to be alive.  If only I had brought my camera!

THE ATTIC

I do believe I would take the prize for having the largest stash.  I am finding more and more wool, handspun yarn and unfinished projects.  I found this very long warp that I was going to make more rugs with.

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 I have already made 2- 4 footers from  some similar warp.    I also found a box of handspun yarn, enough to make a vest out of land maybe some mittens and a hat.  I need to find the time to do all these things.  The warp is being unwound and I am going to crochet a rug out of it.

WILD WEATHER

We have been having violent thunderstorms and downpours almost every day.

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 An old farmer friend of my son’s said that he has never seen the likes of these powerful storms in all his life.

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 Global warming at work.  The river is still running fast and is still very muddy from a few days ago.  Its now hot and humid again.  Good for  growing tomatoes.

Many thanks for reading my blog today, I am leaving you with a picture of some young calves on the way home from getting hay.  Carole

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STILL SKIRTING FLEECES AN SPINNING-CHICK UPDATE

1 05 2014

HELLO

STILL SKIRTING FLEECES

I have finished  2 bags but that still leaves 3 fleeces to do.

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I am listening to Enya and Clannad so the time goes by quicker.    It has also given me time to think about the shearing process.  I definitely have to make sure there are no shavings on the floor the day before the shearing.  And I  have decided that I really don’t need coats for the sheep.   With Marley I think I will trim him the end of August.  That will keep his fleece from getting so rag/tag looking.

Chick update

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Morticia really would like to get out of the crate and I have been letting her out by herself during the day.  The chicks are still too small to put in a coop.  I think I will put them into the back coop in a couple of weeks.  It needs to be throughly cleaned and some perches closer to the ground put in.  The little ones have had some clover and other foods.  They love riding on Mama’s back.

SPINNING

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All the short pieces of wool go into a bag and i usually spin them and make socks.   Lots of people just throw these pieces away They are quite useable. I spun up a skein today and I like the look of it.  I may do mittens or a scarf with it.  The black wool is very fine and soft.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you had a wonderful day.  Carole

 





GETTING OUTSIDE COOPS READY

28 04 2014

Hello

MAUDE

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GETTING OUTSIDE COOPS READY

Yesterday was The last day for Chris till June.  We roughed up the soil in two of the three outside coop area’s and I cast some grass seeds over it.  We are suppose to have rain for a few days so I hope it takes.  I like to have a chicken yard full of grass before I let them out.  It doesn’t last but they enjoy it.  We did get lots accomplished while he was here, it was a huge help.

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The sheep are content now that heavy wool is off and the weather is warming up.

BREAKFAST

BREAKFAST

 

SKIRTING A BLACK FLEECE

Today I hope to get one of the black fleeces skirted.  It’s a boring task but has to be done.  No processor will take unskirted fleeces.  Skirting requires that all the short and manure stained wool and bits of hay and shavings should be removed. It’s hard to get every piece out and the carding machine  will remove finer bits of hay and shavings.  I hope to take all the black fleece to Green Mountain Spinnery on Friday.  Then from there I will head into New Hampshire to learn about tapping Maple trees with tubing. 

SALLY'S OR LUCY'S WOOL

SALLY’S OR LUCY’S WOOL

Lots of hissing, spitting and bad behavior in the barn with the vet.  Although she is used to it.  Elliott just doesn’t like it.  She thinks he is in good shape and the rash might be from mites.  So she gave him a shot of worming medication in hopes that will do the trick..   The sheep don’t have them but they may be a type just associated with Llamas.    He was glad to have her leave and get back to his normal routine.

I hope you had a lovely day today and many thanks for reading my blog.

Carole

 





A NIGHT AT SHEEP AND SHAWL-ADVENTURES IN YARN FARMING-MORTICIA

28 03 2014

Hello

ADVENTURES IN YARN FARMING

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Last night I went to Sheep and Shawl to hear a reading on Barbara Perry’s book Adventures in Yarn Farming.  I met Barbara years ago at many sheep events and am so glad to attend the event last night.  Her book is filled with delightful stories about her life on the farm.  We all get into sheep farming in different ways and its interesting to follow everyone’s story.    I knew I would love her book but in the first chapter, Casting On I was hooked by this quote “As a shepherd, I do some of my best work in my pajamas”,  True for me too. The whole reason I bought this old house is that I can open a door from my kitchen and go directly into the barn.  I hardly even saw the rest of the house seeing that I could walk in and feed and water my sheep with no more slipping on icy paths in the winter  I was SOLD!!!!!  Of course I was shocked when I moved in and saw the real condition of the house, oh well its 75% done now.

BARBARA SIGNING BOOKS AFTER THE READING

BARBARA SIGNING BOOKS AFTER THE READING

 

The reading last night was about lambing.  Something that I have never done.  A good part of the time I have had sheep I have been working outside the home and couldn’t add that to my schedule.  Lambs are so cute its was an inviting idea and now looking back I surely wish I had another Lottie, Seamus, Roger or Sadie.  They were the perfect sheep, in their disposition, longevity and intelligence.  But I felt there were always sheep and people were always either giving them away or you could buy some.   

The talk was so interesting and I learned a lot about lambing. Maybe someday she will allow me to come to the farm and see a lamb being born.

Her book goes into detail of the seasons of sheep.  The work that goes into keeping sheep and the joys of it.  You can tell how much she loves her flock.   The pictures alone make the book worth  the price but add to that the patterns, recipe’s all the information its a must have for the Sheep farmer to be or anyone wanting to read a true story about life on a farm.

Her yarns are all hand dyed and the colors are just beautiful, many are sold out before the year ends.  She has various things at her farm during the year.  Check out her web site http://www.foxfirefiber.com.

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Thank you Liz for having these wonderful events at your shop.

Morticia

Well as of yesterday afternoon, Morticia has 3 eggs underneath her.  Two from Sweet Pea that she rolled into the nest and one of her own.  We will know in 22 days!  I think another two eggs are all that she can have underneath  herself.  Sweet Pea’s eggs are mediums and after all even though Morticia thinks she is a large bird she is only a bantam.

Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog today Carole