Naturally Colored and Naturally Plant Dyed Wool, Fiber and Fur

“Only he can understand what a farm is, what a country is, who shall have sacrificed part of himself to his farm or country, fought to save it, struggled to make it beautiful. Only then will the love of farm or country fill his heart.“ Antoine de Sainte-Exupery (1900-1944);(1900 1944); Aviator, Writer

Friday, April 17, 2009

April Phat Fiber Sampler Box Preview

Here is a little taste of what just might be in your box. The sample is our "Dreamy"
90% Wool 10% Mohair dyed with natural plant dyes. The colorway is Peeps yellow.

We will have 4 ounce and smaller sample sizes available in the store

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Natch Tea Party 25% Off thru 4/19 midnight CST

Natch Tea Party - This is the way we stimulate the economy and support independent crafts people and at the same time, forget about those nasty taxes and government spending, corporate takeovers and waste. We are serving up our own Tea Party with 25% Rebate on any purchase through midnight CST on 4/19. This can not be used in conjunction with other coupons.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

March Madness Free Shipping Ends Midnight CST

Our March Madness event ends tonight at midnight CST - Free US shipping which can be used in conjunction with any of our coupons.

Don't miss out on this double discount deal.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

FREE US SHIPPING - March Madness and We are Featured in another Etsy Treasury

MARCH MADNESS - Free US shipping rebate on any purchase (except club memberships) through midnight CST on 3/31. This can be used in conjunction with your coupons!

Just write MARCH MADNESS in the notes of your paypal transaction and we will rebate your shipping.

Hit the store now

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We are honored to be featured in another etsy treasury "Topography" by wintergarden
check out our 1st clip kid mohair "Bella"

featured here

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Another Etsy Treasury Feature

We are featured in another gorgeous etsy treasury "Luscious Lychee" by pinksands

See our Juice It Up 90% Wool 10% Mohair here

Friday, March 13, 2009

Sale Ends Sunday Midnight and Shetland Lambs are Dropping like Flys

Its time for the darling little shetlands and I can't wait to see all the colors this year, so far two whites, a ram and a ewe. The ram has already been the star of a photo shoot and the ewe will have a two day shoot next week. Hopefully I will have a few more whites by then so we can have a gaggle of lambs for the shoot.

Our Ravelry do it natchwoolie group sale ends Sunday at midnight CST so round up your purchases before the deadline.

Keep an eye on the store for lots of new stuff coming in this week. We will have new listings coming up daily.

I will start photographing lambs this week as the temps will be warmer I HOPE!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Secret Sale for our do it natchwoolie ravelry group and we are featured in another awesome treasury

We are having a secret 25% off sale for all members of our ravelry group

do it natchwoolie

If you are not a member, join now for instant savings. If you are not a member
and you can't get into ravelry - get the code from a friend until you can join.

We will be running specials and deals from time to time exclusively for our group members so join now, it just takes a click.

We are included in another treasury. This one features the love of knitting from sheep to shawl, and then some - check it out.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sneak Peek at March Samples

Here is a little sneak peek at our March samples going into the Phat Fiber Sampler Box.

In honor of the latest twin lambs named polka and dot, we have a little polka dot tied bundle of washed and overdyed Shetland fleece for the Lucky ones in our "Irish Moss" colorway. We overdye our colored Shetland fleeces in many different colors and shades with natural plant dyes. This particular one was harvested on our farm.

This is ready to spin, just finger tease a little and start spinning, it will make an awesome heathery varigated yarn. There are many shades in this one little bundle. Core spin it. Tail spin it. If you prefer to card it-you will get a different effect. If you have a drum carder - throw it in with something else. There are no rules.

Our other teaser is a sample of our natural plant dyed Merino Wool Top. We stripped it down and bumped it so you get all the color varigations. A very interesting spin and next to skin soft 100% merino. This colorway is "Irish Moss" as well, but quite different from the Shetland Fleece.
Both will be available in the store very soon.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Handspun Sample from PhatFiber Spinning Sisters, PolyArtGirl and SLV Folk Arts & Fiber Festival

Another sample from my Phebruary box was a ball of handpainted roving from Spinning Sisters. Very pretty in white, pink and red called Peppermint Pink, I was drawn to it immediately, then I spied my bag of painted BFL locks from Polyartgirl and SLV Folk Arts & Fiber Festival.

They coordinated perfectly and I got the cutest little valentine poodle......

Friday, February 20, 2009

Phebruary PhatFiber Samples Arrived Yesterday!

I got my Phatfiber Sampler Box Yesterday and the first thing I dove into (after the fudge) was a pretty little blended batt from Extreme Spinning called Chocolate Kisses and boy was it sweet!

So tempting, that I stayed up way late so I could get to it. It was chocolate brown and pink to hot pink superwash wool and angelina. I spun it up thick and thin and plied with a sportweight single of my natural dyed Cherry Mohair and look how pretty it turned out! Such a lovely little tag too.

Then I heard a few rumors about a ginormous batt that I missed out on (I hate to miss out) from Giffordables, I sped over there and bought a couple of their Be Mine Valentine Batts - I hope they will coordinate, I have a I just need time.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Lambs, Kids & Colts for Sale

I will continue to update this post as babies become available.
please email asap if you would like to place a $50 deposit to purchase any of these, they won't last long.

Here is what is available right now:

Registered Angora Goats (pictured below)
Kid Sheleen - Silver Ecru Angora Buck Kid SOLD
Nat King Cole - Black Angora Buck Kid SOLD

Pygora Goats (Not Registered)
White Caramel Buck Kid SOLD

Pygmy Goats
I may have one or two buck kids still available, please email, I am waiting for a response from our waiting list

Pycash Goat
We may have one or two left, we are waiting on someone on our waiting list to respond, please email if you are interested.

Shetland Ram Lamb
White Shetland Purebred Ram Lamb $75

Cross Bred Lambs
2 Ewe Lambs Merino X Shetland Merino Type and size and wool usually grows very quickly $150 each
2 Ram Lambs - 1/2 Shetland 1/2 RambouilletXCotswold - very interesting so far with a tiny bit of color and spotted gene...$50 each

TWH Palomino Paint Colt $300
QH Strawberry Filly $300

Both are 9 months old and require $150 deposit each to hold. Buy both for $500

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Woo Hoo I'm Phat

My Phebruary PhatFiber Sampler Box came today and I shoved the fudge down while I was rifling through my box. Delighted to find all kinds of fun samples, I was just itching to spin and knit. Too bad I had such a busy day that I haven't had a chance to get on the wheel, but maybe there is still hope, in the mean time - here is the pix of what I got in MY BOX!!

Today a baby for Toast

Toast who is the best friend and look alike of Melba. They are both a deep dark chocolate brown but Toast has a litle white bread on her head. There is a little story about these two girls. I fell in love at first site with Melba, she was gorgeously deep dark brown almost black and I had to have her. There was another in the pen with her that had the aforementioned white on her head and so I viewed her as somehow imperfect and I could live without her. I completed my purchase and was thrilled. Later on, the owners came and begged me to take the other one as they were getting ready to leave the show and did not want to take her home so they made me an offer I could not refuse. Now these girls were big even as babies and I didn't really want a lot of huge sheep (meaning big feed bills) running around but I consented and took them both home. They immediately became Melba and Toast and I soon discovered that Melba was crazy and Toast was my best buddy. Melba will finally eat out of my hand after all this time but only after her lamb was born. She will probably revert back to her wild roots as soon as she is out of the baby barn.

Meanwhile Toast who I just couldn't live without, is the sweetest, softest, most precious (albeit largest) ewe in the world. First through the gate and always by my side whenever I enter a pen or pasture - wanting a rubbing or a scratch. The Lord works in mysterious ways and Toast was my gift even though I didn't have the sense to know it. She had her first lamb today and she is proving to be a very mindful and loving mom as I expected. I will get the pictures posted of her little ram lamb soon.

I could live without Melba (except I love her gorgeous fleece) - anybody want a sheep that eats about 50 pounds a day, can run over you like a steamroller, can run away from you like a jack rabbit , can drag you across a field like a football player and looks like a bear?

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Teeny Weeny Twins

I just had to share the pix of the teeny weeny twins that were born yesterday. They are as little as triplets, maybe about 1 or 2 pounds each. Just about a handfull


Another sample from the PhatFiber January Box

This sample roving was marked Pebbles in a Stream with a lovely card picturing an victorian designed angora rabbit on the front, but I can not match up any vendors to know who this is from - someone HELP! It was a lovely little angora wool blend bump that came in my January PhatFiber sampler Box.

Anyway, I spun this up in a thick and thin and it was really nice to work with, easy to spin and I loved how it turned out.

Then, since I have such a wacked personality, I can not simply leave it alone, I have to keep going so I decided to throw it into my current dye pot and got a fantastic color it is somewhere between my tobacco roving and my earthy roving.

Now I anxiously await my February see if I can add something to it and make a hat.............its so fun to play with other kid's toys!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Wow I am behind already...

Here I am behind already on my late new year's resolution. Oh well, thats what lambing season does to me. Well actually kidding and lambing. Lots of kids and lambs all over the place. 4 kids in the last 24 hours. Lots of fun. Everyone is healthy and happy.

I have two Angora Goat Buck Kids available. They are $250 each and registered.
First is

Kid Shelleen - this kid really looks like Lee Marvin - a nice silver ecru

and The Sunrise Kid aka Nat King Cole

Cat Ballou will be staying here but we are taking deposits on these two now, so don't delay, they will be gone fast. They will be ready for their new homes in a couple of months.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Baby News

Exciting baby news - yesterday a darling little cocoa colored angora buck was born. At 3am another set of twin lambs, they are all doing well and I think my llama is pregnant, this will be her first cria - now thats excitement!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Here are the first of the LAMBS!

As promised, here comes the lamb parade

Our first lamb "Randy" is a strong and virile little Cotswold ram. I swear he has already grown a couple of inches and he is less than a week old. Very photogenic, he has the perfect lamb face and physique.

Number two, in order of birth only, certainly not in looks, the absolutely adorable "BLAST", the daughter of Oreo has four black stockings and gorgeous polka dots. It will be hard to top this little Shetland ewe. She is a show stopper. I can't wait to get my hands on this fleece

Number three is the beautiful "Creamery" pronounced Cree Marie she has just a whisper of creamy butter color to her fleece, she is a sweet little merino ewe.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Belated New Years's Resolution

I am always so swamped that I never have time to blog or play on ravelry or even read my yahoo groups mail, all my computer time is spent working on our etsy store, answering emails and ordering supplies, but my resolution even though late, is to dedicate some time every day to at least blog and see whats going on around the fiber community, which will take away from my precious spinning, knitting, or weaving time, but I am missing out on all the fun!

Today it is warming up to almost 30 so I will get some pix of the new lambs and get them up.

We are also taking reservations for 2009 lambs and kids, so email if you are interested in getting on the waiting list. We will have shetland lambs, colored merino lambs, merino cross lambs colored and white, colored and white angora goat kids, pygora goat kids and hopefully a pycash or two for sale.

First Handspun Sample from January Phatfiber Box

Here is my quickie sample from the January Phat Fiber Sampler Box. I used the Ice Queen mini batt from Silver Sun Alpacas and added the bit of Ice Drops from A Sleeping Spindle. I needed a little bit more to finish off the color, so I added some of our own Heaven Sent. I love how it turned out. I have a couple other bits to spin up as soon as I have time, but for now lambs are arriving daily.

Another treasury feature by Spark Shooter

We were lucky enough to be featured in another treasury by Spark Shooter

Check it out - it is all about Spinning!! It made my hands start jumping.