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Yarn is In!

I sent in four lilac and white fleeces to a Fiber Mill this past June and had them blended together and processed in to two ply worsted yarn.  I finally received my package in USPS  yesterday and am happy to report that the yarn is beautiful!

I find the color to be wonderfully fascinating – with how much I love to mix and dye my own colors for my scarves, the natural wool colors are what grab me most.  This lilac blend is a beautiful oatmeal / silver from Dot, Cora, Lou Ellen and Demure.

I have never had my own fiber processed by a mill and wanted to do a lump together to see what I received back, and how much it would cost in the end.  Sometimes the pricing, though spelled out on websites, can be a bit confusing to the person who has never done this sort of thing before.  Considering the price of the four fleeces spun up, and the amount I got back, I will be sending off more fiber that is currently taking up too much room in my wood shed area.  I have some black sorted, and white sorted, and some fleeces I’ll just process alone for their own variation.  I won’t just be doing yarn either – but roving too.  I’m excited to see what happens from future shipments.

To give you an idea of what the color looks like on the sheep…

Mud Ranch’s Cora

 

Mud Ranch’s Dot & Kenleigh’s Demure

Mud Ranch’s Lou Ellen

Watch for the yarn in my Etsy shop!

Fall Colors

Fall is definitely my favorite time of year – a time of cooling off from a hot summer, cool nights, warm days, bright blue skies, and beautiful colors.  Annie and I enjoyed a pretty walk up to the barn to let the girls out this morning.  Sometimes we take the quad because of time constraints, sometimes we take the truck if the weather is bad.

I was hoping to get photos of the sheep but they weren’t cooperating much.

Layne attempted to help out but that is about a high as her head went.  No one else even lifted their eyes up.  Their fleeces are at a favorite length for me because I can still see their spot pattern and individual colors.

Thankfully, I found someone else who was willing to have their pictures taken.

A bunch of little birds were chattering away and making a ruckus in the bushes and grasses around the sheep.  The bright rose hips added some gorgeous color, especially when paired with the bright greens of the water grass.

Here’s a close up of a pair – the little man has the white stripes.

How many birds are in this photo?

Cash walked right under this little guy so instead of taking flight, he stood a little taller.  I love how his colors match the colors of the background and the blackberry vine itself.  It draws the purples and grays out.

Another little poser – such cute little guys.  I love the little details in creation.

Just after banning these two to “lie down” so they stopped scaring the birds and sheep off, I caught this little bit of love.  Speaking of love…

…why, oh WHY do turkeys love me?  I have never loved them, but I seem to attract every tom I’ve ever met and now even the hens come a running.  Maybe I should take up hunting. ;)

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