Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Who Knew Playing With Goats Was Dangerous?

A few days ago I was running up and down the hill in the goat pen and I injured my ankle. What was I doing? I was playing with the goats. I run up the hill and they follow. I run down the hill and they follow. They usually run in front of me to knock me down I suppose. My buck is getting big and he likes to run sideways down the hill. It is pretty funny actually. He usually tries to be in front and often crosses my path as we careen downward. Three of my goats have horns so I am careful about how fast we are going. Horns can be dangerous!

I must have hit a small hole in the ground and my ankle just twisted a bit. Not too badly but enough to make me howl. The seven of them were a bit shocked and stood there looking at me. They weren't too sympathetic and wandered off after a minute. So much for playtime.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Fiber Arts Friday-Tweeding

I am having an obsession with tweed. I have been taking my natural rovings and spinning them with another color alpaca (dyed or natural). I have been coming up with all sorts of color combos and am wondering if I actually will be able to spin them all!

This is what I have done so far. I have on my bobbins fawn with purple and fawn with pink. That about wraps up my fiber arts week!

Pop on over to Andrea's blog for more fiber arts!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

WIP-Knitting A Kerchief Shawl

I am actually knitting. I know...I can hardly believe it myself. I think my daughter inspired me. She has been knitting as source of relaxation from her studies at the university. She is turning out to be pretty good too. In 4 weeks she is far beyond cables and is looking to knit a bag with the fair isle technique.
Meanwhile on the farm, I knitted this wonderful pattern by Cabin Fever #083 Fern Kerchief in wool.

I decided to not to mess up my hand spun alpaca. I didn't make one mistake in the pattern and was so happy that I right away knitted this kerchief

in my very own hand spun. The roving I spun was some from my own alpacas. I had it processed last year in a 50/50 blend of alpaca/merino. I sporadically spun in some beads. I will add more of the beads to the lace edge when I get there.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fiber Arts Friday-My redesigned booth

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Fiber Expo in Ann Arbor. A few weeks before the show I redesigned my booth with antique props. I staged the booth in my husband's studio before I left but as all vendors know a 10 x 10 space at home is not a 10 x 10 space at a show! It was a bit cramped. I also forgot to change the portrait lens on my camera. Oops. I couldn't get a wide angle picture. I guess it wouldn't have mattered because the aisle was too small to get a good shot anyhow.

Notice the ironing board (got it at an antique store for $10!) and the ladder. Happily I did not have to paint either the ladder or the shutters as they were already weathered vintage green.

Head on over to Andrea's blog for more Fiber Arts Friday happenings!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

WIP-Just About Everything On My Farm!

I am not working on fiber projects this week. I do have several spinning projects and a shawl I need to finish. Yes, I said shawl. I am actually knitting! I can thank Paula for that one!

What I am working on is the garden, the barn, the shed, the front porch, the back patio, the yard and the paddocks. I am trying to get things in order before the weather looks like this:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Areiya has begun to reveal an interesting pattern of white spots on her rose gray blanket. Her dame is Tula has white and brown spots sprinkled throughout her fiber. Her sire is NL Smokey from Ashton Stone Farms. She is sweet girl and I hope to bred her next fall.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Picture of the Day

I have decided to try something new on my blog. I am really terrible about posting regularly. I feel as if I need to write a book every time I post. I came up with a new plan. I am hopeful that I will feel obligated to write on my blog and improve my photography skills. So here we go....

Picture of the Day At Via Verde Farm

Really Cute Goats on Spools