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You Know You Have a Problem When

It’s over 90 degrees outside and you’re still playing with wool 🙂

Here are some of my lovely natural shades-

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And a couple of hats I pulled together this week with a bit of blue thrown in

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I love to do my spinning and knitting outside in the summer, but I have to admit, I’ve been inside hiding from the heat the last couple of days. I just can’t handle it.

Boo kitten, on the other hand, seems to kind of dig it. And she’s happy now that she’s got her hay lookout station back.

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I think this week I’m going to take a short break from hatting to work on a special project that just arrived from Webs!

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Couldn’t pass up the opportunity to knit up my very own Dolores.

Hay Makes Me Happy

And getting nice 2nd cut hay delivered in early July makes me Very Happy 🙂

Here it is all stacked neatly in the woodshed.

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It smells so nice.
Happy Happy Happy
🙂

And here is another reason to be happy-

Cherries!

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The big tree out back is pretty loaded, and has Rainier and Bing type.

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Picked some today, but I think that by this weekend they will be at their peak.

Hope ya’ll are having a great 4th!

Suddenly July

Wow. That was fast.

Summa summa summa-time.

White sheeps lounging and cud-chewing
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Dottie scratching an itch
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And Chone coming in close for a cuddle
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He’s such a sweetie 🙂

If you’ve been on the sheepcam recently, you might have noticed a large blue object sitting next to the hay feeder.
That’s a cobalt salt block- and I’m hoping that it might help with them processing the metabolic by-products of molybdenum (of which we have much in our pasture grass) The sheeps have been enjoying a cobalt block for about a month now- and have actually made a dent in it

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Here’s hoping that it helps strengthen the hooves. Figure it’s worth a shot.

This weeks hat, fresh off the needles

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And a red blend from the wheel

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But as much as I love the fun and funky colors I’ve been playing with- I’m starting to feel a need to do a little bit of natural color work. Kind of a palate cleanser.

Spinnin’ the Blues

This week I started playing a bit with my “Deep Water” fleece. The fully saturated color is pretty intense,

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so I thought I’d do some blending to create some different shades with Dottie (silver grey) and Frank/Felix (white)-
That worked out nicely, and I expanded my experimentation to make some blue-based multis

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Here are all my little wool muffins waiting to be spun- in a cool sheep planter (seemed appropriate) 🙂

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And here are the new spins!

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Also have another hat underway- here’s a little close-up of the color scheme

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I do love mixing and matching colors to come up with combos that kind of pop. Think this one is going to fun- the oranges and golds are so energizing, and the greens balance it, I think. Guess we’ll see when it’s done and blocked!

Also been meaning to mention a cool book that The Man got for me recently-

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Been enjoying making my way through her adventure- meeting sheep of many breeds, their shepherds, and taking in the landscape.
Scottish Isles, sheep, wool, and socks- definitely a winning combination!