Just returned from a month in the United Kingdom. We visited all of the dream spots I would ever want to see, and yet I am so jealous of my husband. He just told me he’s been dreaming of our vacation every night since we’ve returned. That is a whole extra week of vacation that I didn’t get, so unfair. So some of the highlights for fiber, were Cockermouth, England’s Woolfest. A 2 day event highlighting the rare breeds of British sheep. They had examples of the breeds interspersed with booths selling fleeces, yarn, patterns etc. There most celebrated local breed was the Herdwick sheep. They are born black and turn gray as they mature. (Hmm who does this remind me of? Me.) I brought home 3 different colors of roving to make something special to remember the trip with. Then the Elphin Scotland, in the highlands where I met Hilda, a local spinner, and she shared some of her Gotland fleece with me. Finally, Shetland Island way up in the North Sea. A fantastic place to see Shetland Sheep, ancestors to my own California herd. This is a fiber artists fantasy spot, you can’t take a hike without finding wool on the ground. We met talented dyers, and knitters at Jamieson, and Jamieson and Smith. The Textile Museum was fantastic as was The Shetland Museum. Everyone was helpful. I met Ela Gordon,and Hazel Tindal both well known in their field of Fair Isle knitting. Darn that husband for getting an extra week. I want to go back!
We loved spending time with everyone who came to welcome the lambs. Thank you for your interest and time.
Even after a mild winter here in California, Spring inspires me with new beginnings. In this case new lambs! Come see the lambs, Sunday April 27th from 1:00 to 4:00. If you are interested in lambs or fiber arts you are welcome. It’s so much fun to see which ewe has what. Shetland Sheep have such interesting archaic descriptions for different sheep colors and markings. Browns are usually moorit etc. This is our second year using a fadeless black ram, so most of our lambs are black or brown. I can’t wait for some warm brown fleeces next year. Hmm what will I make?
Oh, that coy ewe! We’re still waiting. She was by herself in the shelter this morning, their favorite place to lamb.
Estrella, my big Katmoget ewe came up with the flock to the night pasture, but didn’t eat. She’s standing a little wide, and showing signs of being nervous, and I can see some bag. These are great signs that lambs are on their way. She’s a great mom, and has big healthy lambs. I’m using the kitchen timer, and checking every half hour. Fingers crossed for another healthy delivery.
There are definite advantages to living on a farm, even a small one. You never run out of things to do!
Since today is the first day of Spring, this seems like an auspicious time to begin something totally new! My vision for this website, is to create a virtual Farmer’s Market where local fiber producers and fiber consumers can connect. Local for this site is defined as within 60 miles of Monterey Bay. We will be promoting the creation of clothing and other items made with natural materials, and dyes, through education.