Saturday it was actually nice out here, no rain nor clouds! We actually hit 70 degrees! So this seemed (for whatever reason) a good time for me to put the rabbits in an outdoor pen and clean out their barn pen. Here they are in their separate corners. I introduced the two nursing does at this time so they could be weaned and hopefully the territorialism would be minimized. Below they are getting used to their new surroundings and each other. So far, so good.
Now I usually confine my fiber posts to my Raverly site; this is supposed to be a farm blog not a fiber blog. But this is too exciting to limit. I received my yarn back from the Stonehedge Fiber Mill yesterday! I had been saving up my “other” sheep breeds fleeces for 2 years and sent them in after shearing this spring. I knew I would never find the time to process them myself, and I am tired of always selling these gorgeous fleeces, year after year. So here’s Mutiny’s CVM fleeces turned into yarn:
Here’s Jethro’s California red fleeces turned into yarn:
And here’s Mill and Tanya’s Gotland fleeces turned into yarn:
The CVM and California Red yarns are really soft. The Gotland yarn is surprisingly coarse, but you still can see the nice sheen on it. So now my mind is whirling with project ideas- socks, shawls, maybe some weaving…
So back to my regularly scheduled farm blog…Our hens have finally decided that the new nest boxes are up to their standards:
Donna, the yarn is beautiful! Wow, I love the colors. I bet you are just thinking up a storm of what you can do with it now:)
Thanks Krista, and yes I am! It is kind of a shame I need to finish at least one of my current projects first, but it’ll give me time to ponder my next steps.
I agree, the yarn looks wonderful! I would so like to send in a BUNCH of fleece and get it processed. At the very least into roving…
Maybe if I sell some sheep! 😉
Thanks Nancy! (And also thanks for your great comments on “Chat with NASSA”). And I have been coveting your sheep for years. My dream would be to have a mioget HST ram. But Tom is being reasonable that we have way too many sheep, and I cannot get any more. Plus we decided not to breed next year so why would I want a ram? 😉
The Shetland fleeces that did not sell are at Gretchen’s Mill being made into roving. I kept a few lamb fleeces for myself to do though. The skirted wool is on the Gulf Coast, hopefully as oil booms.
That yarn is very pretty. It will make LOTS of pretty things. Love the cute bunnies and chicken nesting boxes, fancy! Our chickens prefer to lay BEHIND the nesting boxes, or next to them or not anywhere near them. LOL
Thanks Jackie! It took my hens a while to decide this was OK, about 6 months! Looking forward to seeing you this weekend.
GREAT yarn colors; I didn’t realize you had so many sheep varieties! And I didn’t realize California Reds retain that much color in their wool; maybe I am mistaking them for Tunis.
I just have one of each except two of the Gotlands. They each add something I cannot get with my Shetlands. I also have one Cotswold (and of course the fiber goats and rabbits). The California Red are reddest the first year but retain some afterward. Jethro’s fleece is still quite nice even though I think he’s supposed to be a meat sheep.
Pretty pretty yarn! I really like the California Red. How big are those cones?
Thanks Denise! The cones range in weight from 9 ounces to 1.75 pounds. They are 7.5 inches high and are between 2.5 and 4.5 inches in width. Most of them are of the larger size.
That’s a lot of yarn to play with- do you weave at all?
Yes. In fact I mostly have been weaving recently.
The yarns are so neat. I can only imagine how satisfying it is to see from beginning to end a wonderful sock or shawl project. The rabbits are very cute.
Thanks Teresa! It would be ncier if I had started myself from fleece (like I am still working on with a Shetland shawl) but it takes A LOT of time.
Beautiful yarns..I luv all the different colours and they all look lustrous to me.
I have been experimenting with our Gotland wool…blending it will different fibres to make it feel softer. Always being careful to keep the best qualities (colour and luster) of the Gotland intact. So far I like kid/yearling mohair, silk and suri alpaca the best.
Thanks Jody. I wanted to try 100% Gotland (not blended) first so will see what happens.
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