"An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail" Edwin Land
It is July already! Where does time go? Our fiber adventure continues! Every day at the shop we get to meet wonderful new, creative and inspiring people.
June was filled with fun events and classes. Our first ever Cricket Club meeting was so much fun! Our second beginning spinning class and intermediate spinning class started and we hosted a World Wide Knit in Public Day event. We also set up a booth at the Madison Village Community Social where our sheep shaped cookies were a huge hit!
We have slowed down a bit on classes for July and August but will have more coming soon when the summer slows down. Keep an eye on the website for a one-day fleece processing class, a rug punching class with Kathy Donavon in October, and much more. We continue to offer beginner knitting and crochet classes by appointment. Register on-line, call or stop in the shop!
New Supplies and Fibers
Are you crazy for hand painted yarn? If you are or if you have never seen or created with it, you have to check out our new line of hand painted yarn from Tina’s Twisted Fibers! The colors are brilliant and stunning!
We have made up some really wonderful 100% wool 2 oz. dryer ball bags! It is time to replace your dryer sheets with these energy saving and static reducing dryer balls.
We also have in new books, stitch markers and more!
Rare Breed News
We have gotten some wonderful new rare breed fibers in over the last month including, Gulf Coast Native, Florida Cracker, Karakul, and Navajo Churro. We are working on getting them out in the shop and on the website!
The Santa Cruz raw fleece was re-homed very quickly! If you missed out now worries! We are hand processing the other three fleeces and will have some gorgeous Santa Cruz yarn in the shop soon!
So, Jane Stewart, who is spinning and knitting little swatches for each of the different breeds of sheep fleece we get into the shop, had this to say about the Barbados Blackbelly;
"Barbados Blackbelly Wool. This was an interesting experience. I have always said I've never met a natural fiber I didn't like...well...until now. There was no combing or carding this fiber! The only thing I could do was try to pull it apart into something resembling roving. It has a very fine, short undercoat and stiff, wiry top coat.
Spinning was not pleasant and knitting was worse! The only thing this fiber would be good for is pot scrubbers or baling twine."
I don't know for sure, but I am getting the feeling that she really enjoyed working with this particular fiber. Though she did also add that she thinks it is actually way worse to work with than the Romanov!
I wonder if anyone could find a way to make the Barbados Blackbelly and the Romanov a bit more user-friendly? If you do be sure to let us know!
Last month we realized that our dream of expanding our flock of Romeldale/CVM sheep was not going to come to fruition. Because negotiations for the land behind us and renting the land on the other side was not a feasible long-term option, we had to choose to either sell and relocate to a place with more land or stay here and downsize our existing flock and take our fiber adventure in a different direction. We made the decision to stay here to be near family, friends and of course the shop!
After taking Frank and Marilyn back to their original farm, we received bittersweet news regarding the seven remaining ewes. It was actually really great news but it is still hard to imagine not having our whole flock here with us (we are keeping the rams! I refused to re-home Humphrey).
Anyway, after a referral from a friend, we had contacted John at the Veterans Healing Farm in Henderson, North Carolina in regard to donating some of our flock to a veteran or a veteran's organization. Well, this past week John got back in touch with me and said they would love to accept the donation of all of our girls!
So, Vivian Leigh, Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall, Rita Hayworth, Debbie Reynolds, and Dorothy Dandridge will all be relocating to North Carolina where they will become therapy sheep for veterans.
We Have a Lot of Plans for Bracken Moss Farm Fine and Rare Fibers
- Our first breed specific knitting pattern is complete and will be available in the shop soon! We are going to put together a kit that will include the pattern, a Skein of yarn from that particular breed of sheep and any accessory that goes with the pattern then, a percentage of the sale will be donated to a conservancy program for that breed. What a great thing to be a part of!
- Spinning Club
- Breed of the month club and other breed specific adventures
- Video Podcast
- Meet and Greet with Humphrey, one of our Romeldale/CVM sheep at our farm (will be held by appointment only