I have been busy spinning some super-soft Cormo batts. The fleece is washed (to remove all lanolin!), hand-dyed, and then carded. The batts are about 90% Cormo with 10% Wensleydale, other wools, silk, Angelina. I have listed some in my shop. These batts are next-to-skin soft!! I love them!
The photo above is my spinning progress so far. I have 2 batts (about 8 ounces) in this colorway. I plan on knitting a Venetian Blind shawl with the yarn. If you are a member of Ravelry here is a link to the pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/venetian-blind . I am not sure if the link will work for a non-member. Ravelry membership is free. It is a great resource for everything fiber (knit, crochet, spin, weave).
I am spinning on my Mach III wheel by Spinolution. The bobbin is the 8 ounce bobbin. They also have a 32 ounce bobbin and yes, they are huge! I love my Mach III. I have had it for several years. It is the perfect wheel for spinning Aran and heavier yarns.
What is a Pixie Lock Picker? You may have seen it featured in Ply Magazine. The Pixie Lock Picker is a tool which helps to easily open locks while you are prepping fiber. When I prep fiber for combing, I always open the tips of the locks before combing. This is a must for long wool locks and lamb locks.
I use to use a flick carder but I have replaced my flick carder with the Pixie Lock Picker. My flick carder works good but the Pixie Lock makes opening up the tips so much quicker! In the photo below, I have photographed the locks prior to flicking (top) and after (bottom). I only flicked open the tips.
The Pixie Lock Picker fastens on my wrist. It is easy to pull the lock tips through the tines to quickly open them up.
The Lock Picker has an adjustable velcro closure so it can connect to something other than your wrist. I regularly attach mine to the side of my drum carder so I can quickly flick locks while carding.
The craftsmanship on this tool is top notch. The wood is red cedar and the tines are rust proof stainless steel. The Pixie Lock Picker is available online from Two Twisted. The shop also makes combs, niddy noddies, and other beautifully handcrafted fiber art tools.
The velcro is adjustable. I have mine adjusted to a very small size because my wrists are skinny!
The online farm shop on Etsy has been stocked with some new hand dyed locks. There is also farm fresh Wensleydale roving available in white and black. The roving is so soft and silky! It is so wonderful to spin. I will be adding some more washed Wensleydale locks (white, black, and silver) soon!
Just to update everyone… There are several ewes bred for the 2015 lambing season. Lambs are due late spring (April-May). If you are looking for a fiber animal, I have a few really nice wethers available.
I have a few black and black/silver Wensleydale rams and wethers available. For more information, leave a reply to this post. (Your post will not be published) or contact me via the “Contact Us” link on the top left side on homepage of the farm website
So far we have 12 Wensleydale lambs. The percentages range from 93%-98%. There are a few more ewes yet to lamb. Our Cormo ewes are due to lamb in a couple of weeks. We will have lambs available for purchase after weaning.
We are in the middle of lambing. Several of our Wensleydales have lambed. These lambs are 93-98% Wensleydale with UK sires. Our ewes who were bred with our ram are due any day and the Cormo are due at the end of April.