Wensleydale Lambs

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.

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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.

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Ewes

Felina Friesian

Felina Friesian

 

Lily Clydesdale

Lily Clydesdale

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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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Herman Hills Farm is on Facebook!

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I have never been much of a Facebook person.  It always seemed sort of confusing.  Two weeks ago, I decided I would give Facebook a chance.  It is still a bit confusing, but I am figuring things out.  I made a Facebook page for the farm.  If you are Facebook, check it out at www.facebook.com/hermanhillsfarm .

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Mill Spun Wensleydale Yarn

The Wensleydale fleeces I sent to the mill to be spun into yarn are now back.  The yarns are so beautifully spun and have a nice sheen to them.  The colors are natural white and black/silver.  The natural white yarn is available in fingering 2 ply and aran 3 ply.  The black/silver yarn is aran 3 ply.  I have the yarns available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

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New Locks in the Shop!

I have stocked my online farm shop with some farm fresh, hand dyed locks (from coated fleeces).  There are hand dyed Cormo, Wensleydale, and Coopworth lamb locks in the shop along with some washed locks, top, and roving.

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Winding Warps with the AVL Warping Wheel

I finally finished up the warp that was on the Saori loom.  I had decided I was going to use my AVL Warping Wheel to wind the next one.  The Warping Wheel is primarily used for sectional warping, but there is an optional cross maker attachment which is used to wind warps for a plain beam.

The Warping Wheel is great for winding long warps.  It tends to work best for 8/2 yarns and thinner.  I usually use a mix of thick and thin yarns for my Soari warps, but this time I used 8/2 bamboo.  You cannot fit too many thick yarns under the clip on the Warping Wheel.  This was the first time I have used the cross maker.  It worked GREAT!

The photo below shows the warp going under the clip.  There are 80 threads of 8/2 under the clip.

 

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I made a makeshift paddle so I could wind on 4 threads at once.

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Winding on 4 threads at once results in a 2 by 2 cross.  I prefer a 1 by 1 cross, but the 2 by 2 worked fine.

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The Warping Wheel raddle has 4 threads in each raddle space.  Since I was not warping sectionally, this was not an issue at all.

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I wound 2 bouts on the Warping Wheel.  Each bout was 80 threads.  Now on to the weaving.  I will keep you posted!

Ready to Tie On

Ready to Tie On

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Fleece on the Hoof

The weather this summer has been crazy.  First it was rainy, then hot, then rainy, then cool, now it is hot again.  The parasites (worms- especially the barber pole worm) have been thriving, so I have been keeping a close watch (as always) on the sheep.  The barber pole worm (haemonchus contortus) can be deadly for a sheep.  The sheep must be closely monitored in the spring and summer for signs of anemia which indicate the presence of the barber pole worm.  We practice FAMACHA for controlling the barber pole worm population.

My son and I wormed the sheep this morning.  I have one yearling wether (Wobble) who just loves the wormer.  Most sheep dislike the taste.  He loves it.  Wobble follows us around as we check the other sheep and worm them if necessary.  He is quite a character. I took a few photos of the sheep fleeces since I happened to have my phone with me.  The fleeces are looking really nice!

Fleece "on the hoof"

Fleece “on the Hoof.”

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