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Autumn Hills BFL Farm Visit

September 18, 2013 - 10:46 am

Yesterday I went down to Curtis, Washington to visit Autumn Hills BFL Farm.

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They sell fiber, ram lambs for breeding stock, and locker lambs. Their flock is fed grass exclusively; they hay their field in the spring when it’s outgrowing the sheep to have hay in the winter.

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The ewes that aren’t up to muster as high quality breeding stock are bred to a bfl/suffolk ram to make bigger, tastier lambs. Penny is on that list because, even though she’s the friendliest in the flock, her fleece is sadly not very nice:

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Patricia keeps both white and colored sheep in her flock and sells fleece for hand spinners. She has fading black and “black patterned” ewes. Black patterned appears to be the same marking pattern as badger-face in various breeds such as the CVM or katmoget in Shetlands. Their bodies are cream or grey, and their points are black, with distinctive white face markings. I love their roman noses!

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She also has a border leicester ewe, and a couple old merino/bfl cross ewes from when she was deciding what breed to raise.

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The fine fleeced BFL sheep are lovely. I wish I had gotten pictures of their fleeces up close, but this is a good example:

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She shears in March- I’ll be going back to get some of that fiber, for certain! I came home with a nice BFL/Merino cross fleece. 

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Look at that crimp!

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Yumm.

Spinning a Single for a Sweater

October 30, 2011 - 10:43 am

Last Spring before the Tour De Fleece I fell in love with The Painted Tiger’s Golden Oak BFL. Here, look, a picture ganked from her site:

The Painted Tiger Golden Oak BFL

Don’t you just want to snorgle that?  I did.  I bought a pound of it.

So I only just now got around to starting to spin it.  My goal is to make a low twist soft worsted single, something like Malabrigo Worsted or Manos.  I want to make another sweater along the lines of my Ingenue, except from wool I spin myself.  This sweater is by far my favorite sweater; I have to talk myself out of simply wearing it all winter long.  A second similar sweater in rotation would be a good thing!

I think I got it in one:

TPT BFL Swatch

I”m very happy with how the yarn and the swatch has come out.  I spun it up on my Moswolt M2, which I’m less happy with.  I have decided I don’t need to make friends with Irish tension.  It pulls too hard for me.  I am going to make certain I can reproduce the yarn with scotch tension on the Kromski, and if I can the Moswolt is going to be listed for sale.

This weekend I’m spending a small amount of time spinning as a break from pattern editing.  I have something getting published Real Soon Now I’m excited about.  But work!!  So much work!!  I’m learning how much work goes into developing patterns.  This time last year I had no idea.  I thank all of the folks who are supporting me in this endeavor- I couldn’t do it without you.

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