Pixie Lock Picker

Pixie Lock Picker

Pixie Lock Picker

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.

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Locks before (top) and after (bottom) flicking with the Pixie Lock Picker

The Pixie Lock Picker fastens on my wrist.   It is easy to pull the lock tips through the tines to quickly open them up.

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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.

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The velcro is adjustable.  I have mine adjusted to a very small size because my wrists are skinny!  ;)

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Lambs!

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.

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Winter Update

Winter got an early start and it is still going strong.  I haven’t been online much since there is so much work in the winter with the livestock.  I thought I would post a photo update.  IMG_6222 IMG_6346

The sheep have enjoyed being in the barn away from the winter weather.  They are a tad bit spoiled as are the horses and livestock guardian dogs!  They have all been spending a lot of time in the barn!

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Spinning and Dyeing Yarn by Ashley Martineau

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There is a great new book out by Ashley Martineau called, “Spinning and Dyeing Yarn.” Ashley has profiled 4 fiber artists with Herman Hills Farm being one of the profiles. I am not posting about this book just because my farm is featured in it. The farm profile is just a small two page story out of a 200 page book jam packed with information!!!

The book is a complete guide on spinning and dyeing. There are also some DIY projects for making your own wheel, niddy noddy, and drying rack. The spinning section covers basics and also a lot of art yarn techniques (which are great for spinner wanting to try something a bit different).

The dyeing section covers many different dyeing techniques. I love books and even though I am an advanced spinner and experienced dyer, I have found new information and techniques within the pages of “Spinning and Dyeing Yarns.” It is a book for every spinner’s library. The pages are filled with lots of beautiful photographs of fibers and handspun yarns from many talented artisans. The book is hardcover, with nice thick paper, and binding which helps keep the book open flat.

“Spinning and Dyeing Yarn” is available from amazon.comwww.handspunartyarn.com (Ashley’s website), and other nationally known booksellers.

 

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