I’ve been spinning a lot with my new wheel and finished my 1st project! I got some CVM/Romeldale and Llama fiber from a friend a couple months ago. I blended them on hand carders and spun the fiber on my drop spindle. I used my wheel to make a 3-ply yarn and crocheted a scarf from a beautiful pattern I found on Ravelry. It’s called the “Luna Lovegood Scarf” and I made some changes because I didn’t have enough yarn. Anyway here are some pictures
Bertha ended up going into labor a couple hours after our shearer left, and gave us a beautiful, 11-3/4 lb ewe lamb. I only helped when she looked like she was getting tired. It was her 1st lamb so the shoulders were difficult to pass.
Beatrice lambed the next night and also gave us a ewe lamb. She was a petite 11 lbs!
Beatrice’s lamb scared Dave Friday morning when he checked on the girls. She had slipped through the slats in the lambing stall and was in with Bertha and her lamb! Beatrice was very happy to get her baby back. Bertha has proved to be a very attentive and protective mother…she tried to hide her lamb from us when they were in the barn by standing in front of her!
Now we have 4 ewe lambs and 2 ram lambs with 2 more girls due next month!
…And I started spinning last night! I love that hand-spun yarn is so unique – not 100% uniform like commercial yarns.
I ordered my “Learn to Spin Kit” from Golding Fiber Tools in Vermont (http://www.goldingfibertools.com/). The drop spindle is hand-carved in a Celtic Ring design and the kit came with 2 oz of Coopworth roving. I chose this design because I used some money that my pop-pop gave my for Christmas to buy the spindle and he’s from Scotland. I will always think of him whenever I use this spindle.
Yesterday I decided to try needle felting some of the Tunis wool I’ve been washing. I’ve heard that it is very easy….you just have to stab the wool repeatedly with a sharp “felting” needle. I put my wool in a cookie cutter and felted it into the shape I wanted that way. Then I tea-dyed my little felted sheep. You can find very simple tea-staining instructions here: http://sheepyhollow.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/tea-dyeing/. I dyed this one dark so it would look like a gingerbread cookie.
I also tried making a 3-D felted object, too. So far I just made 1 little egg, but I want to make a bunch and dye them pretty colors for Easter. I’ll post pictures of them later.