Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
This is Caitlin and my first skeins of yarn, that we have spun with our new wheel. We spun them from roving that was given to us, by our friend Kim, from White Barn Farm. This is where Cait bought the CVM lambs. You can see the roving in the basket, under the yarn. Roving is the sheared wool after it has been washed and carded. Carding can be done with hand carders, that look like big flat brushes with fine wire teeth or with a drum carder. The drum carder have the combs on a wheel. The drum carder can make the roving much faster than hand carding. We haven't had a chance to try ours out yet. So the next thing is getting some wool washed, so we can give it a go!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Today Brad , Caitlin and I built this new feeder for grain. We were feeding the the grain to the sheep in indvidual buckets, which was usually kaos. Quite a few times we have had sheep running around with a bucket on it's head. It worked out really good tonight, though we did have to move it down after we realized it was too high for them. Poor Sully couldn't reach it at all.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Yesterday, I was so excited to find this great deal on craigslist. I don't check it very often, but I just happened to, and someone had just posted this spinning wheel, skein-winder, spools and drum carder. I have searched the internet quite a few times for used spinning wheels with out any success. We looked at fiberfest and the few used they had were very expensive. I had came to the conclusion that we would have to buy new. The cheapest we could find was $320 and not really what we wanted. This wheel brand new would cost at least $500. We seen a used drum carder at fiberfest for $250 new would be atleast $350. We were able to get all of it for $350. Everything is in great condition and in working order. We already have the wheel up and running. It took a few trial runs to figure everything out, but I think we'll be old pros in no time. :-)
Monday, August 24, 2009
This is Ping, the first duckling hatched out of six. We had a broody hen that wanted to sit on eggs, but didn't have any fertile chicken eggs. So, Caitlin decided to put six duck eggs under her, and all of them hatched. They are now 3 weeks old and starting to get their downy white feathers. We moved them out of the garage to the duck pen yesterday. They are living with the mallards for now.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Opal Ann (left) is usually a little more shy than her twin Ruby. They were born in the middle of April. All three have the softest wool. It is supposed to be "next to the skin soft" so no itchies or pickies from their wool. As they age it's only supposed to get softer, which is usually the opposite with all other breeds of sheep.