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

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!