Spinning up Some Batts!

 

Carded Cormo Batts
Carded Cormo Batts

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!

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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.

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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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Spring Winter Day

We had a spring-like day on Sunday which was strange for mid-December.  After a few days of rain, the horses and sheep were happy to be out of the barn and back in the pasture.

Ewes
Ewes
Felina Friesian
Felina Friesian

 

Lily Clydesdale
Lily Clydesdale

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