Monday, May 30, 2011

How did I spend my Memorial Day?

Since the rain had finally stopped, I had to get into the garden and til it.  I started early in the morning because I knew it was going to get hot, 90 degrees today.
I finished about 11:00 am, so I decided to wash the rest of my fleeces so I can start working with them.
I washed 10 fleeces today!  I am beat, too much for one person.  Next time I will have to recruit help, maybe a labor for fiber deal.

I now have everything washed, except the britch.  I'm not too concerned about that right now. 
It just feels good knowing that it is done and I can walk downstairs at any time, look over my fleeces and pull out what ever I have the desire to  work with.
Fun Stuff!

Day 2, final day of Great Lakes Fiber Show

I took this picture because of their sign, I don't know if you can read it completely or not, but it says "Look !! No Rain Today !

This weekend was the first nice weather that we have had in two months

I had to buy a skein of was calling me!  It is a blend of SuperWash Merino, Bamboo & Nylon.  I don't have a clue what I will make with it, I just want to spin it.  Maybe I've save it and enter it in next years competition...hmmm.

Always good to carry a camera, you never know what you might want to take a picture of.  Someone was selling these feeders for $800.00.  I've been telling my husband this is the type of feeder that I would like to have, now he can make one for me. 

That is it for this years Local Fiber Event.  I think there is a Mid-Ohio Fiber event in August, but I have to do more checking on that one and get the details.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Fleece / Skein results

This year I entered a fleece from Harvest Thyme Autum Thyme, she has a very crimpy soft fleece.  I entered her fleece into the fine fleece competition and she took first place in the natural color division.  I am very happy to have Autum Thyme, she came into my flock this past fall and she gave us a grey single ewe lamb this spring that has an awesome fleece too. 

This year I decided to also enter a skein in the skein competition, I haven't in the past, but I thought that I would support the local competition.  My skein is under the red 2nd place ribbon, I chose to try my hand at a fine 2ply yarn.  I spun a few ounces from one of my finest fleeced ewes, the skein came out wonderful, the judge liked it too but chose the green spun skein over it because it was a blend of silk, wool and seacell, which she felt would have been harder to spin and keep a consistent yarn.

We have had great weather for this Fiber Show, a good crowd too.  Hope to get a few more pictures tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

2011 Great Lakes Fiber Show

Time passes so quickly, before I realize it almost a month has passed since my last post. 
I wanted to share info. about a local fiber show, The Great Lakes Fiber Show in Wooster, Ohio.
This is the 16th Annual Show and it keeps growing every year, the show is only a two day event.  Saturday,May 28th 10am-5pm & Sunday, May 29th 10am-4pm.  If you are not able to make it check out their web site: 
Two full days of much to see and do, classes to take (I'm taking a class on steeks), a skein competition (which I have prepared a fine two-ply skein to enter).  A fleece competition (of which I have entered a fine moorit fleece). 
Eighty plus vendors will be there, also a sheep show and sale.

I will posted soon after the show to update how things turned out.

Keep those spinning wheels turning with great shetland fiber!