So if you read my Part One: The Drive, you would have read my introduction in regards to the fact that I've adventured up to Washington State to live on a farm for a few months. My reasoning you may ask? Well, to be closer to what I love, duh! Fiber, yarn, and of course the animals who feed my addiction; knitting! But working here with the sheep is more than just that. I'm learning about self-sustainability, the importance of a healthy diet and how to take care of something other than myself [and my lovely mother of course ;) ]
So here we go!
Part Two; The Farm!
Alpine Goats (look at all the babies in the background!) There are also a few Nubians which are quite cute themselves!
What's a farm without chickens? One of my favorite daily tasks is collecting all their eggs! It's like Easter every day. :)
Meet Mr. Caesar. Isn't he handsome? And a sweetheart too!
The first baby!! A little boy! He's about a month earlier than the season for sheep babies, but I'm happy and he's healthy!
The process of making yarn:
So it's not shearing season just yet, but here's an earlier fleece that we laid out for a quick clean up.
And then it get's the real deal! Dawn dishwasher soap is used to get most of the grease (lanolin) out of the fleece.
The next step after the fleece has finished it's bath and has dried and been sorted, is to card it. This is an electrical carder, but there are several devices to do this step.
And vwa-la! My first two bats! (And a grungy me... Hadn't showed in two days! Amazing for me.)
The first stage of spinning. This is a drop spindle (the easiest way to learn to spin.) just a single ply. This will later be plied together with another yarn for more durability. Pretty good job for my first one! They were impressed. Nice and consistent. :) Later, I'll move on to the wheel.
Another favorite daily task that I do is collect greens from the hoop house. Got stung by stinging nettles the first few times. I'm now much more careful!
So it's been 5 days on the farm. I'd say I've learned a good deal so far and can't wait to learn more! Stay in tune!