After Market Report-

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the Bow Market Holiday Festival yesterday. It was a lot of fun and I was able to find good homes for quite a few hats and six of my sheep puppet friends!

I chatted with a couple of folks who were interesting in learning how to spin or aspired to have some sheep of their own someday, and wished I had brought some brochures for the WSU Country Living Expo with me, so just in case those folks find their way to the blog I’ll post a link here-

WSU Country Living Expo, Saturday, January 25, 2020

I’ll be teaching two classes again this year-

Basics of Wool Processing (2 hour class, sessions 1&2) – We’ll talk about skirting, washing, drying, and in the second hour lay hands on washed fleece to get some experience with picking, carding and combing.

Yarn From Scratch: Handspinning on a Wheel (2 hour class, sessions 4&5). This class with include a brief intro to wheel mechanics and tuneup session on wheels brought to class. Then we’ll move into basics of yarn construction, drafting techniques, and then get busy spinning! Class size is limited in order to provide as much individual instruction/troubleshooting as possible to each participant.

And they do a really good Prime Rib lunch!

Just for good measure I’ll send you off with a neat chicken picture that The Man took this afternoon-

Have a great week!

Holiday Festival!

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, I’m now focusing on getting ready for the Bow Market Holiday festival, which is coming up fast.

When: Next Saturday, Dec 7, 10 am to 4 pm

Where: Edison Elementary School, 5801 Main Ave, Bow, WA 98232

To that end, I’ve finished up a couple of sweet little sheep puppets this weekend

Luv Ewe
Luv Ewe, Too!

I’ll have lots of hats

Handspun yarns-

And perhaps some carded fiber if I have time this week.

If you’re in the area, stop by and say hi! There will be music and food as well as all kinds of unique and local gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list 🙂

Curly Tops

No hats this week, but five little sheep puppets got their curly hairdos!

Just love those little felty guys. This batch is shaping up to be pretty darn cute.

Out in the pasture, the curly tops are a little soggy and mucky

I tried to convince Esther to let me tidy her up a little, but she was having none of it.

At least I know that once the wool comes off of her it cleans up nicely-

Esther singles for the Holiday Market!

Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving!

Hat and a Half

Hats falling off the needles

And some popping back on-

I had some misgivings about the color scheme even while it was in progress, but wasn’t quite sure. After it was washed and dried I just wasn’t happy with it, so I did some surgery. So that’s my half-hat.

Now the question is, what are the right colors to finish it up?

What do you think? Will the violet work?

In other news, we got a few new chickens this week!

gray Americauna
tan and gray Americauna
pretty lacy dark girl with partially feathered feet

They seem to be settling in nicely. And it helps the hen-to-rooster ratio a bit!