Monday, June 20, 2016

Red Stone Glen

We journeyed three hours up the road over the weekend to the Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center open house. I was in need little fiber inspiration now that I have all this wool from my very own sheep. Husband was a trooper volunteering...even insisting.. to drive me despite a long list of farm chores to get done.

The open house was pretty low key but it was fun to see some fiber animals of different sorts.
And fiber equipment of all sorts.

Flax processing equipment or fiber arts torture chamber?

But my sought after inspiration was natural dying with plants.

So I came home with and promptly planted 12 indigo plants.
Another adventure awaits.
As we were leaving Red Stone, Fritz mentioned that there was another open house nearby that he just happened to know about...

He has a street bike. He has a trail bike.
But apparently he needs a trail bike that is street legal. 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Lynne, in my Garden

~ A Garden is a friend you can visit everyday ~

I have been blessed.

Connie in my garden

By women close to my heart,

Jean and Kathleen in my garden

Who have shared plants 
Hester in my garden

from their own gardens with me.

Lynne in my garden

It is a pleasure ladies, to visit with you everyday.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Yarn Love

A few secret projects in the works,

And Carnie's yarn is beginning to take shape.

I am a bit more pleased about that than he is.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Rainy Days and Mondays...

But here's a little good cheer from the recent lone Sunny day:

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Field Trip

These loves of mine, along with Kev and baby Griffin, 

 have lived nearby for nearly three wonderful years. They will be off to a new duty station this summer courtesy of the US Military.
So as time is running short, my Kate has been on a mission to do all things DC before the move. Lately we have been going off the beaten path and exploring some of the lesser well known gems in the Nations Capital.

This week's adventure took us to the Franciscan Monastery.

Fascinating architecture,

stunning gardens,

I would love to go back when all those roses are blooming!

and beautiful mosaics along the colonnades.

It was a wonderful afternoon and I was so touched at the boys interest and reverence during the outing. 

The grounds were a beautiful, quiet place for reflection. 

So happy for the  time well spent among all the busyness of my days.

Sharing with

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Wool, Wool Everywhere Again

         The very first step after the shearer paid a visit to my little flock was to skirt the fleeces.

This involved laying the intact wool out on an openwork table and getting rid of all the super dirty, matted or dung filled locks. Picking out very obvious pieces of hay and straw. Or in general, getting rid of the useless for spinning stuff. 

This is but a small amount of the tossed wool

        All that discarded wool will become bird nest lining material that I will scatter about the farm.
                   I hope the many birds that call Lindenberry home will put it too good use.
What was left was remarkable clean fleeces that smelled wonderful and felt divine with all that lanolin soaking into my hands. 

I couldn't help but to play with the locks. 
So pretty.

L-R: Hassie, Mac, Carnie, and upside down Leo

Leo's is not likely to be used for yarn making this year due to it's length, but I will find something to do with his fleece to make all his growing efforts worthwhile.

Next came washing. 
So far I have not felted anything (she says knocking on 284856384942 pieces of wood).

And the drying.

That is less than half of Mac

And then the flicking, which is pulling out locks and fluffing them up a bit with this handy dandy flicker, a brush like tool.

 There are many other ways to prepare the wool for spinning at this point, but I only have a flicker so that's what I do. (The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival is fast approaching...perhaps I will come home with some carding or combing equipment. Hope with me.)

Now that I have a basket of fluff, it is time to spin some yarn.

So curious to see what the finished product is going to look like. 

 I love Carnie's variation of color.
Many thanks to Sara, for showing me the way. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Happy Monday

Hassie and I both think its going to be a great week.

Hope yours is off to a great start as well.