Monday, February 3, 2014

The Wool Anniversary

Time flies when you're having fun.  Yesterday marked my 7th blogging anniversary!  Blogging is a lot of work.  Honestly.  But it's also one of the most rewarding things I've done.  Rewarding in the records I have of our life and our farm and farm family.  Rewarding in the good friends I've made from all over.  Rewarding in all I've learned and will continue to learn.  Rewarding in knowing that sometimes my crazy little world brightens up someone else's crazy little world.  It all matters.  

Since the 7th anniversary is wool, I used that (and the fact it was warm in the Wool House :-) as motivation to finally do some sample spinning with Rebecca Boone's pretty Cotswold roving.  I have big plans for her for the upcoming Ravellenic Games (formerly known as the Knitting Olympics).  More on that tomorrow.


"So, is this how you want me to pose?"


I have a little over 30 ounces of her 2013 fall roving.  That should be plenty.  Our little tomboy cleans up pretty well :-).


I spun a small sample and wound it off on my hand to Andean ply.  This is a neat trick and one I use for drop spindling and for plying small samples off the wheel.


Basically you wind the single strand into a center pull around your hand.  You gather up the front and back end of the yarn, pull your finger out of the middle so the yarn slips down onto your wrist and you can safely ply the two ends together without things getting crazy.  Usually ;-).


It's pretty, but I had a feeling it was too thin for what I wanted.


So I spun up another sample.  This time I had more yardage so I wound the center pull ball on my plastic ball winder. 


I liked this much better.


And then I pulled out a stitch book and sampled three different patterns.  I like the Eyelet Zigzag lace the best.  It's a super simple pattern and I think the zigzags look a bit like her curly locks.  It's a start!



28 comments:

Suz said...

oh I love all the things you share..with me...that's how it seems...with me
I love your sheep and all your critters
Love all the info you give to a none farm sheep mama
Happy Blogiversary

Marcy Doane said...

Happy Blogaversary! I enjoy reading every single entry and appreciate that you share with us. Thanks!

Susan said...

I am so glad you blog! Ms. Boone is muy gorgeoso, let me say. I just uncovered my spindle and am going to give it a go this coming weekend. I wish you (and us) many, many more years of the chronicles of Punkin's Patch!

Auntie Reg said...

Happy Blogaversary! You have created a wonderful view of the farm life with the critters on Equinox farm. You have great story telling abilities as well as photography to complete the story. I am sure you bring joy to many people far and wide. Keep up the great work. Thank you for sharing you life on the farm.









MarmePurl said...

Happy Bloggiversary!
Many thanks for sharing your time and talents with us. I treasure the moments I have spent electronically at Equinox Farm. Truly a favorite part of my day.

DianeOart said...

Happy Blogaversary! It's my sheepy moment of the day, it's always a surprise with gorgeous pictures... and today I'm drooling at that roving.

Christine said...

Well I'll be darned, I would have guessed her fleece to have a little more of a brown tint given her face. Interesting.

Thank you for blogging. It brightens my day.

Stephen Andrew said...

The hard work to put into your blog shines through your gorgeous photos. And I always enjoy your positivity.
Happy happy blog birthday :)

Lori Skoog said...

Ha! I started blogging in February of 2007 and am very lucky to have landed in Punkin's Patch. So worth it, indeed!!! And I even got to meet Saint Tim and Auntie Reg in person.

Alice said...

Happy Blogaversary! It is fun to return back to previous years and see how the blog and your artisan skills have developed over time. We are fortunate to live vicariously through your stories that educate and also bring joy and tears of sheperding to our hearts. May you continue for many, many more years to entertain us with your blogging skills.

littlehawkyarns said...

I know I am one that is very happy you blog. Love all the pictures and your stories. Happy anniversary blogging! Here's to many more.

Sheepmom said...

You are a very real inspiration to many people in many ways. Yours is the blog I look for every day. Blog on! And LOVE the pattern for RB's yarn - wavy Cotswold curls...YES!

farmlady said...

Happy 7th Blogaversary. I didn't realize that you had been doing this for so long. Congrats!
Love the cute sheep photo. What a ham!!
Keep blogging. Love your stories.

Lady Locust said...

Wow you're good. Is envy still a sin? She reminds me of the dog on the old Wyle E Coyote and sheep dog cartoons. Is that the natural color or did you do a wash dye on it? It is just beautiful. Maybe someday if I keep practicing...

Fiona said...

My husband and have been talking about blogging when we get our new place, your remark about the record of your journey made me realize it is something we will do. Your spinning and knitting information s wonderful. Thank you for taking the time to share your farm, lifestyle and critters!

Wol 'n Draad said...

Gorgeous! I love the fluffyness of her fleece.
Happy Blogaversary!
Love, Ineke

I need orange said...

Happy Blogiversary! Rebecca's fleece looks lovely, on her cute self, as well as on your hand. :-) Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

Jody said...

Happy Blogiversary Sara. You are an amazing photographer and I have really enjoyed reading your blog for these past years :-))

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

I concur with Auntie Reg! Blogaversary, now there's an addition to the dictionary :) Nice
job spinning and knitting samples and congrats for 7 years of hard work and thank you.
Wool as an anniversary present, great idea. RB is just SO cute with her little 'dreads'.

Andee said...

It looks so pretty! Happy Anniversary to your Blog!!!

Bandon, Oregon said...

Happy Blog Anniversary! I, too, am so Blessed that you take the time to blog. My life has been so enriched by your blogging. Your everyday wisdom, laughter and tears have bonded with my heart and I would never be the same if you stopped. Your sheep, dogs and kitties and other farm animals are such a part of my life. Learning about wool, seeing pictures of how it's all cleaned and made into yarn, is amazing to me. I've cheered along on your many knitting adventures and of course the Iknitarod... and what would life be without the famous Hug A Sheep pictures... Love, Love, Love your Blog.... a piece of my Heart, I tell ya...

Faith

Far Side of Fifty said...

Happy Anniversary! Seven years! How wonderful, yes I know it takes time but I enjoy what you write so I hope you keep on:)

small farm girl said...

Happy Anniversary!!!! I am one of those people who look forward to your blog. Hey! Without your blog, we wouldn't have met! So, yay blog!!!!

thecrazysheeplady said...

You all are the best :-). Thanks!!!

Tombstone Livestock said...

Happy Blogaversary, love that fleece, makes me want to get mine up to the mill soon. Like the carving on your drop spindle.

Mary Anne Komar said...

Happy Blog Anniversary! Just love all your sweet posts. Maybe you should be called the Lamb Whisperer!

Miha Giustina said...

Your blog and I were born on the same day (but a "few" decades apart:-)).

Happy blog-anniversary and thank you for sharing with us the life on your farm. Yours is my favorite blog:-).

LannieK said...

Happy Blog Anniversary! I know it has to be a lot of work, and thank you, so much, for sharing your days, farm, critters and art with us! You are very talented and inspiring ~ and always make my day :-)

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