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Sheep and Swatches

February 12, 2015 - 12:30 pm

A couple weeks ago we visited our friend Alice Mattson at Reflection Farm and took several hundred pics of her beautiful lambs and their mamas, as well as the dogs who keep them safe. The full set is here, and highlights below:

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Only a couple hours old.

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Took him out into the sun for a better pic.

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The colorful flock racing for the barn.

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It’s a lamb rainbow!

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Thor with one of his charges behind him

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Alice teaching Rainy some manners

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Rainy, the new guardian dog. She’s Thor’s little sister.

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Thor being inspected by a youngster with CVM markings.

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Who then raced straight back to momma!

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Aaaah, comfort. 

And I’ve been watching for a new pattern. What do you think this wants to be when it grows up?

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Find me at Madrona this weekend and I’ll tell you all about it. 🙂

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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