Welcome to my journal! I have recently quit posting on my old blog, so I apologize if you have been redirected! Old posts have been transferred over. If you're looking for a free pattern that used to be on my blog, you can now find under the "Patterns" tab.
After a year and a half, I've managed to get my butt over here and update!
I stayed on the farm until mid-April of 2013. I made my way up to Canada, with a boy who I'd met back home and had come to visit me, where I was proposed to! (Eeeee!) And then back home I went.
I did however, in the days before I left the farm, learn how to dye a skein of yarn with koolaid...
...And shear an angora rabbit.
Here's some highlights of our trip to Canada and back down the Pacific Northwest.
And then we came back home to Sunny California and got busy with a thing called family! :)
Of course knitting (and spinning) things for this little guy!
And followed shortly by our amazing little boy, was an incredibly beautiful wedding.
And it wouldn't be complete unless I knit something!
So after a little over a month of being on the farm, I offer you... YARN!
These are my first two skeins of yarn! The brown & white is my very first one! It's a 2-ply bulky, spun using a drop spindle and fleece from the sheep here on the farm! The white is my first skein on the big-girl wheel! Also a 2-ply, but I practiced spinning much more thin and consistent. The wheel I used is called a Sleeping Beauty (cute!) and is a single treadle, double-drive.
So what have I been doing other than letting wool slide through my fingers into my own yarn (eeek!)? Well, one is lots of adventuring around the Olympic Peninsula seeing beautiful views!
La Push (You mean, where Twilight took place... yes!)
Attended a car meet in Seattle. Mmm Supra!
Yes, I'm into cars as well :)
I've also had the chance to visit other farms and snuggle with the animals!
This guy was cool! Apparently he's not a super people person, and often times he'll butt you for food. Well, he came right up to me, I knelt down (little did I know in a patch of stinging nettles!) and we were face to face. Too cute!
And to end you for now, I am enjoying my first cup of goats milk..chocolate milk! (from the farm) with the tulip I bought at my first Farmer's Market here in Washington today!
So if you read my Part 1: The Drive, you would have read my introduction in regards to the fact that I've adventured up to Washington State to live on a farm for a few months. My reasoning you may ask? Well, to be closer to what I love, duh! Fiber, yarn, and of course the animals who feed my addiction; knitting! But working here with the sheep is more than just that. I'm learning about self-sustainability, the importance of a healthy diet and how to take care of something other than myself [and my lovely mother of course ;) ]
So here we go!
Part Two; The Farm!
Alpine Goats (look at all the babies in the background!) There are also a few Nubians which are quite cute themselves!
Mr Caesar. My buddy :)
Processing Raw Wool & Drop Spindle!
Can't wait to learn more! Next... Dyeing and spinning on the wheel.
I'm from Northern California (near the bay area) and have recently moved up to a small town in Washington State near Bainbridge Island with the primary goal of learning the process of knitting from step one. This includes taking care of the sheep, watching the birth of the babies, shearing, carding the wool and then spinning and dyeing it. I'll also learn other fiber arts such as weaving and machine knitting!
In addition to this side of the farm life, much more will be learned! Milking the goats are a huge part of life here. The milk is used for many things; it's bottled and sold to the public along with cheese and soap manufacturing. After the babies are finished with the mama's milk, we'll then get to start these processes! And of course there's the everyday farm chores of feeding all the animals - rabbits, chickens, sheep, goats and the doggies -as well as collecting eggs and vegetables for our own consumption.
So I'd like to start this collaboration of photos with a few cool things I saw on my 3 day drive up here.
First was the Avenue of the Giants in Northern California and the field of elk!
Early morning overlooking Portland in the aerial tram. I had gotten up at 5:30 and made my way up to the tram in hopes of seeing the sunrise, but unfortunately it was too cloudy. So to make my morning even more interesting, I took a one hour ride in the street car through the streets of the West side of Portland.
Followed by my trip around Portland on the street car, was venturing to many of the yarn shops in the area. And what better timing than opening day for the Rose City Yarn Crawl! I went to Angelika's, Twisted, Happy Knits, Urban Garden and Pearl Fiber. Here are pictures of my two favorites!
And then I reached Seattle! Here's a photo of the gorgeous view from the Bainbridge Ferry!
And of course I had to visit Churchmouse! What an amazing store!!
Go to "Part 2: The Farm" to keep reading!