What a weekend, making pre-felts with all kinds of people! From the littlest toddlers to grown ups...
Some worked in gallon size ziplock bags, some stomped the wool in the kiddie pool, that was so much fun to watch!
My son videotaped the action on Saturday. I so appreciate his help and also Judy Broekemeier's help in recruiting volunteers to stomp on Sunday. Special thanks to all the wonderful young people who abandoned their shoes and socks and stomped!
And this is a shot of what they did with all that stomping.
The best part for me was seeing the participants' faces and telling people all about felt and how it is made from WOOL - no spinning or knitting needed.
I now have 50 squares in yellow, blue and green and two big dark blue chunks to incorporate into a community rug. Lots of work to do this week to get ready for my FeltUnited exhibit on Saturday, October 2nd! (Complete details on that are in the previous post.)
Oh and for all you knitters, I had to get a photo of this adorable little girl and the cute sweater her grandmother knitted decades ago. It has been worn by several family members over the years and it's still in great condition. I think I can figure out how to make one like it by tweaking a somewhat similar EZ pattern knit from the top down in 'Knitter's Almanac'.
There was a discussion on the Shetlands list about how to make an inexpensive shelter for sheep out of cattle panels, T-posts, and a tarp. We redid our T-post shelters this summer so I thought I would post these photos of the ram shelter. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!
This shelter is made with two cattle panels, you can use as many as you want. We've used this two panel size to house about 5-6 Shetland rams over the winter...it keeps them out of the wind and rain and snow and keeps their hay dry.
A word of warning, if you have horned rams, be sure to watch for any poor souls who get their horns caught in the panels. They learn after a while to keep their heads clear, but getting stuck can be dangerous for them.
To make this kind of a shelter, we start out by pounding a row of T-posts in, spacing them the height of the cattle panel apart. So for the two cattle panel shelter, we put in three T-posts about 4' apart. Then about 7' to 8' across from that…
Here are photos from making a wool duvet comforter before Christmas. I didn't want to post them until after giving it as a Christmas gift.
Warning: this is just the way I do this and it seems to work for me. If you find yourself with lots of extra wool, you might want to make a few of these for your family too.
First, start out with a queen size comforter batt (about 4 pounds of wool, I have my coarser britch wool made into quilt batts - coarse Shetland and BFL isn't really that coarse) and two queen size flat sheets. I don't bother buying real expensive sheets for this anymore, the wool has a tendency to migrate out of the sheets regardless. I'll never forget the night poor Stan was snoring away and inhaled in a wool fiber from my first comforter in the middle of the night. Oh the coughing! It lasted for such a long time despite his getting drinks of water. It's funny now, but I didn't dare tell him at the time that I knew what had happened. After that night I …
Sorry I haven't kept up with the blog. It seems there's always so much to do around here.
Sheep News_ Lambing Done- 12 lambs born, 7 ewe lambs, 5 ram lambs. Two Shetland rams are for sale, see the sales page for photos of them in their younger days. They are both friendly, with fine, crimpy moorit fleece. One polled gulmoget. The other is horned, very solid, good horns. I want them to go to good homes, will entertain offers. Also have three crossbred ram lambs if anyone is interested in using one for breeding or fiber. All the ram lambs are very sweet-natured and friendly like their sire was.
I'm still trying to decide about the ewe lambs, which include a beautiful solid black gulmoget, two emsket gulmogets, an AG grey gulmoget with exceptionally soft fleece, a beautiful musket, and an English Blue/gulmoget crossbred (BFL/Shetland).
I'm so glad lambing is over. I'm reconsidering if I should breed any ewes next
year. I am not in the market for a ram, but …