Friday, September 22, 2017

Purple Rug

 
The purple rug is off the loom and finished.  I washed the rug and thanks to the breeze this week drying has not been a problem.

 
I spun fleece from my English Leicester sheep and dyed it in a purple and a mix of blue and purple.  I also dyed some grey fleece which I spun. I have also used dyed fleece for texture.
The rug was woven on my Stanley Dann 4 shaft floor loom.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rainy Day

 
Another rainy day.
I had planned on spending time in the garden but that won't happen today.
 
 
 
I have been listing yarns on Etsy.  I still have a few more to list this week.
This is an English Leicester multi colour mini 25 metre hank.

 
The sheep still arrive at the gate at the same time every morning.
They do enjoy a breakfast of Lucerne hay.
 
 
I have been dyeing 8 ply merino yarns.  More to do today.

 
And finally I have spun some black merino chunky.  Will wind off into 50 and 25 metre hanks.
 
Always lots to do in the day.  I'm now going to weave.  Have nearly finished a rug.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Mini Hanks

 
For years I have hand spun my chunky merino yarn and measured in 50 metre hanks.
Recently I was asked for smaller lengths of yarn to use as highlights/contrasts.

So now I am listing on Etsy 25 metre hanks. As well as merino I am spinning some minis in English Leicester as well.  These have been more popular than I expected.  Soon I'll have some available at the Arts Centre Market.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Spinning and Dyeing

 
Merino Chunky yarn I have spun and dyed.  The weather is still cold and I am happy to be spinning most days.
Some yarn is for the Arts Centre Market in Melbourne and today I am listing yarns on my Etsy shop.  At the end of last week I had dyed merino chunky I had wound into 25 metre mini hanks.  The yarn dried over the weekend and now I'm photographing and listing.



English Leicester Chunky
 

 
More Merino chunky yarn.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Baking Bread

 
When I have the time I like to bake our bread.  This loaf was delicious.  I used mostly spelt flour.
 

Friday, August 25, 2017

More Frosts



We have continued  frosty mornings throughout August.
The sheep never forget to arrive in the same spot each morning for hay.
 

 
This one always has food on its face.
 
 
Some of the sheep are quite old now but still doing really well.  The sheep are shorn in summer as they need a good fleece to keep them warm in winter.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Lots of Chunky

 
Busy times here spinning lots of chunky yarn.

 
And dyeing the yarn.



And waiting for the yarn to dry
 
 
Some yarn has been listed on Etsy

 
And some yarn is for the Arts Centre Market in Melbourne


 
This yarn is spun using English Leicester from my sheep.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Frosty Mornings

 
 
We have new neighbours in the paddock across our gravel road. There is a third cow but she wasn't in the mood for a photograph today.
I really like to have cows in the neighbouring paddock.  Over time they become very friendly and come to the gate for a chat.
 
Most mornings at present are very cold and frosty.

 
The sheep are turning up for breakfast covered in frost.
 
Fibre Arts finished on Monday night.  I had a most enjoyable week.  Now I'm replenishing stock for the market and Etsy.  Today I'm listing on Etsy.

Friday, June 23, 2017

 
Its the end of the week and I still have so much to finish.
This morning I have dyed some yarn and listed yarns on
 
 
This afternoon I have more yarn to dye, Felted hats to finish for the Arts Centre Market on Sunday and yarn to prep for dyeing.
Tomorrow will be a dyeing day.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Cold nights

 
The sheep are being fed daily as the nights are cold and there is not much grass growth now.

 
I am going tot he Arts Centre Market tomorrow so I fed the animals early today.

 
Very tasty hay.

 
I have been spinning and dyeing yarn for my Etsy shop this week. I have listed new yarns today and will list more early next week.
 
Enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Week Of Frosts



This morning was the start of a week of morning frosts. I fed the sheep last night so their wool had frosty tips the sheep seemed happy enough.
 



The grass was really crunchy underfoot.
 
 

 
I had difficulty opening the door on the duck shed as it had frozen.
The duck pond was a skating rink.
And I gave the dogs a warm breakfast.
 
And it will all happen again tomorrow.
 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Ducks


 
Ducks at Malmsbury
 
Muscovy at the Malmsbury Lake
 
 
My Mothers Day gift.  I'm so thankful to have wonderful children and I don't believe in gifts for Mothers Day.  However as well as a lovely day out I received 3 Muscovy ducks.  They are locally bred ducks and as far as I can tell listening to duck talk they are very happy here.
 

 
We have a Pekin duck called Ducky Do.  Ducky do had a friend who sadly dropped dead.
All the ducks are happy living together.



The Muscovy ducks like to swim and splash in their pool - but one at a time.  


Friday, May 19, 2017

Malmsbury

 
On the Saturday of the Mothers Day weekend I enjoyed a delicious breakfast and a relaxing walk around the lake at Malmsbury thanks to family.



The weather was perfect.
 

 
 



Saturday, April 22, 2017

English Leicester Yarn

 
This English Leicester yarn will be listed on Etsy today.

 
I will take this yarn to the Art Centre Market tomorrow.  I am working with English Leicester yarn in my weaving as well so I have been spinning every day.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sunday Market and Fibre Arts

 
Every Sunday I travel to Melbourne and have a stall at the Arts Centre Market in Melbourne.
 
From the 7th to the 12th April I will be trading at Fibre Arts at Ballarat Grammar and therefore I will not be trading at the Arts Centre Market on Sunday 9th April.
You are most welcome to come to visit at Fibre Arts.




Friday, March 3, 2017

End of Summer

 
The sheep are always looking to come into the back yard and eat the green grass under the quince trees.

 
The English Leicester curls are reappearing.



 Its time to feed some hay
 
 

 
End of summer but still hot.

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