As the title says I really haven’t done much with fiber this last week. I did start my Free motion embroidery class this week but haven’t had much time to do more than watch the videos read the PDF and fight with the tension on my machine. I have it sorted now and I hope I can do some practising this weekend. Pictures of messed up tension are not very exiting so I wasn’t sure what I would tell you about and then we had a surprise late yesterday, on the coldest day in March. -23c I took these pictures at about 10:00 last night after chasing the 2 calves back in because you know there is not better time to “fall” out of the barnyard but late at night when its freezing out.
This is mom wanting to know what I was doing.
and then letting lamb have a drink. I like this one she looks like she is smiling.
And this is the best shot I got of the two of them. Mom had just stomped at me as she was fed up with me trying to get a decent shot of both of them. Just as well my iPhone shut down right after that as it was too cold. My son put a heat lamp in so lamb wouldn’t get to cold. The temperature is on the rise again to day and we will go up to +2c today. This is the first lamb of the season. this is early and not on the schedule. There shouldn’t be any until late April early May. Best laid plans as they say.
I think I have recovered for selling at Fibrefest. It was a good show for me. Consequently I did not get out of my booth much to take pictures. I did get a few shots of my booth.
This is what the 12 yard skeins ended up looking like. You can see them in the big black basket in the middle of the table. They went over quite will at $5 each, mostly to rug hookers.
I shared my booth with a friend who only has a small amount to sell. She has lovely hand spun wool.
This weekend was the Richmond Fair. Three of us go every year and have a great time.
Here is our display, Bernadette is getting some fiber ready to go through the drum carder and I am getting wool and pencils ready for bead making. Jan’s Inkle loom is front left.
Here Jan is chatting with a lady about our guild and a close up of what she has on the inkle loom she is adding in some fuzzy caterpillars as a supplementary warp as she goes.
Two of the many children that made beads. Everyone seemed to like them. Bernadrett was in charge of putting a short piece of her hand spun through them and making them into bracelets.
Sunday afternoon we had some sheep show to be sheared.
They are Rideau Arcotts except the black faced one that is a Suffolk cross. They were a big hit and Jan got 2 fleeces that she now has soaking to get clean.
Around the farm this week we had a set of twin bull calves born. Twins are unusual in cows. I only have a not so good picture of one of them. Black calves are hard to photograph and mom likes to keep them hidden in the weeds.
This summer has been very hot and dry. None of the squash or beans in the field garden came up and only about 6 potato plants. There are plans to get water to that garden next year. However we did have a volunteer squash plant in the barn yard where the water from the roof lands. It has gone crazy we harvested 17 squash and there are more ripening and more flowers. So apparently we are better accidental gardeners than on purpose gardeners. LOL
We promised some sheep farming posts so here is one of the first lambs of the season.
She came 2 nights ago when it was bitter cold. She was also stuck. We had to catch mom to check, as I was sure she was having trouble. I was right. The lamb was stuck. Lambs are born with the toes and nose coming out together, like they are diving into life. This little girl had decided to come with one leg back. She isn’t really very little either as she is about 9 or 10 pounds. She was too far out to push back and fix the leg positions. I wiggled and pulled and wiggled and pulled with mom pushing and we got her out. She is up and doing fine. We gave her a heat lamp the first night and then it warmed up. In the morning we had another little one born too. She had the lamp for a few hours and then was fine.
Just for fun here’s a picture of the snow we got today. This picture is across my lane. You can’t see it for snow.