Ms. Cindy has one chicken you can pet. Z, C, S and S got to feel the texture of feathers of Ms. Rachel, the hen. Chickens are just part of the animal component of Jacob Rewards Farm, a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) venture. We drove a short 30 minutes out to Parker, Texas to check out this sweet farm.
The alpaca, below was a gorgeous model. Great head shots from him.
We ended up in the air-conditioned little Red Barn to try out drop spindle spinning. Zoe let Sophie have a turn, as she had already gotten the hang of it in another session with Ms. Cindy.
Mary Elizabeth, the lone ewe sheep, was taking in the shade as we drove out the drive and headed back to the HOT big city.
This week I have been dyeing stuff here at the studio, out at Fancy Fibers Farm and then back here to set up a long table in the garage to do some painted rovings for the shop. The first four above are from my loosely titled Sea Shore collection and are mostly pale and cool. If the weather won't be cool, then at least the colors I work with can!
The last two, Pinwheel and Koi Pond, are back to the brighter colors. Koi Pond was painted, and Pinwheel was control dyed in my big giant turkey roaster. I have some super elegant dye pots. You should see the collection of crockpots. But, hey, they work!
Pretty regal, in homely sort of way, huh? This Cashgora ewe was a great model. I was able to take abundant head shots. After we dyed all the available fiber we could find in the dye shed, Mary, of Fancy Fibers, took us on a brief, as it was a cool 100 degrees outside, tour of the farm. This Cashgora is one of the herd below that Mary acquired from Terri B. who was getting out of the goat business.
The smaller three on the right are a set of triplets. I think their fiber will be delicious colors.
Mr. Rooster, here, is king of the hen house. He shows no agression but keeps a careful eye on his girls.
Having had my time in the farm/ranch world when we did horses in a big way, I can appreciate all the work that goes into keeping Mary's farm running. AND, I am so glad to be able to say, "loved seeing your place, gotta run!"
Monday Mary of Fancy Fibers Farm brought me some luscious clean, clean, clean mohair locks to play with in the dye pot. When I it comes to dyeing I am like Peter Rabbit, "please, throw me in the briar patch". Soft peach and pink tones have been eluding me, so I went after it. I am still not totally satisfied, but what comes from the dye pot is never wrong, just maybe not quite on target. I still love these colors and love them together.
Look for these to show up at Cordova Studios in little one ounce packs for you to play with. I think I want to use them to do some more lock spinning like I did with my "Clementine" yarn.
Below is a shot of what the locks looked like spread out on the drying racks. That hot pink is a bit of mystery wool I dyed in a mystery pink dye pot. Love the surprises.
What colors would you like to see next???
I'm a sure enough Dallas native who spent a good part of my life in northern New Mexico, where I learned the arts of spinning, weaving, and dyeing. Combining those skills with my long time love, knitting, is what I do best these days.