Current fiber projects.

Around the house on these cold winter days, each of us girls has several fiber projects going on.

Mom is working on: spinning some blue-faced/shetland fiber that she blended with silk noils and glitz, washing up Josephina’s rooed fleece from this year, as well as learning the technique of knitting two socks at once from the toe up with some hand spun and dyed Shetland wool.img_2583_002img_2613img_2619img_2624

I am spinning up the last of my angora fiber as well as getting my next fleece (Adah’s) ready to process.img_2597_001img_2596_001img_2614Elaine has been spinning some Shetland that she dyed emerald a few weeks ago. She also just finished knitting some beautiful leg warmers (I don’t have pictures of them though).img_2599_001img_2600_001

I’m not sure if you can tell from this picture, but some areas of the fiber are on the greener side of emerald and some areas are on the bluer side, making the finished product variegated.

Cold Snap.

Well, we survived the cold snap and are now enjoying this nice balmy 40 degree weather. It has been such a nice reprieve after 40 bellow zero with wind chill. Makes me wish for rain showers, digging in the dirt, and baby lambs. Of course, I really can’t complain about the cold; it gives us an opportunity to slow down and catch our breath.

Here are just a few pictures ( well…. that may be a stretch; whenever I am done posting, it never seems to be just a few pictures ) of the cold snap as it was coming in.img_2231_001I am not sure how this little guy is staying warm.img_2183_001Cloe, braving the bitter cold with me.img_2211_001img_2247_001Coming down for feeding.img_2260_001img_2262_001img_2266_001Elaine petting Raina.img_2267_001img_2269_001Elaine and Mercy.img_2277_001img_2278_001img_2286_001img_2289_001I really like this shot.img_2293_001img_2303_001Contentedly chowing down on supper.c

 

Like I said, just a few photos. ;)

Christmas 2013

Christmas was a treasured time spent with all of us together.

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Fresh fruit, homemade yogurt, and apple cheddar scones (plus the chocolate left by Santa in the stockings!).

Fresh fruit, homemade yogurt, and apple cheddar scones (plus the chocolate goodies left by Santa in the stockings!) for breakfast.

Gifts from very generous hearts.

Gifts from very generous hearts.

It was wonderful having Jason and Lydia spend the night Christmas Eve so they could be here with us in the morning before their hustle and bustle started.

It was wonderful having Jason and Lydia spend the night Christmas Eve so they could be here with us in the morning before their hustle and bustle started.

Rachel's favorite color.

Rachel’s favorite color.

Elaine stepping into the world of technology with her Nook.

Elaine stepping into the world of technology with her Nook.

Matthew's wish come true.

Matthew’s wish come true.

A happy mama knowing all her gifts are the sweet lives of those sitting all around her.

A happy mama knowing all her gifts are the sweet lives of those sitting all around her.

Hope your Christmas was merry and may you have a great 2014!

Fall

Good-by, good-by to Summer! For Summer’s nearly done; The garden smiling faintly, Cool breezes in the sun. (from “Robin Redbreast” by William Allingham)

With fall here things are starting to slow down, become still…peaceful. Most of the lambs are gone now, the garden is done, grass has stopped growing, the air has lost almost all of its warmth, the trees are only orange and brown, and there is a coating of frost on the ground every morning…yup winter is coming.

The 2014 garlic bed.img_1157_001

The blueberry patch getting protection from the rabbits who feed on them through the winter, and clearing out unsuccessful raspberries for more blueberry plants in the spring.img_1158_001

Our poor peas, struggling to survive the heavy frosts.img_1259_001img_1264_001

Chloe.img_1265_001img_1253_001img_1241_001img_1248_001img_1247_001

Doesn’t she have the sweetest face?img_1229_001img_1256_001img_1208_001img_1204_001

Rams.

It is getting close to the time when we separate out our breeding groups.

These are the three rams we will be using this year.

This is Blue. He has such wonderfully, big (blue faced) ears that look so adorable on his lambs.img_9336_001img_9351_001

Woody. He is also a blue face like Blue, but he has a much more stocky and compact build. We are very blessed to have such sweet rams.img_9345_001img_9373_001

And Martinique, the majestic one. While the two blue faced need higher quality grass to maintain body condition, this guy has gotten fat on junk.img_9328_001

Doesn’t he look like he was made to be standing on the rugged shores of the Shetland Islands? img_9338_001