Back from Florida

With a sock and a half to show for travel knitting

from this lovely Jadawoo yarn I picked up in Port Angeles a few weeks ago-

The weather has changed significant while I was away. Freezing at night now, but the afternoons are still warming up. And still warm enough in the hoophouse to dry some freshly washed recent spins

Was beautiful golden light in the pasture this afternoon when I went to spent some time with the sheep gals.

Have to savor these crisp fall days- it looks like we’re in for some mighty soggy weather very soon.

Alrighty folks. That’s about it for me. Have a good week 🙂

Remembering Felix

Earlier this week we lost Felix, the last of my original sheep.

He was 13 years old, and had been hanging in pretty well despite his arthritis for the last two and a half years or so. But he turn a hard turn last weekend and passed away overnight on Monday.

He was a sweet boy- and I feel like we’d gotten closer over the last few years, since his brother Frank passed away. He was a pretty low key guy, and I don’t think he’d want me to make a big fuss, so I’ll just share some of my favorite photos of him from over the years.

Frank (right) and Felix (left) shortly after arrival June of 2010.

and finally, Flying Felix

I like to think of him flying free again- reunited with the original pasture gang.

Weekend on the Peninsula

Sorry to have skipped out on the blog last week. Got back from my little adventure a bit later than planned and was really pooped.

The mini road trip took a friend and I across the Edmonds ferry to the Kitsap Peninsula- where we stopped in at The Artful Ewe, then checked out an area new to me- Chimacum.

Super cool little market at the intersection of Center Rd and Beaver Valley Rd. Great produce, a cool range of local products and a plant nursery as well!

In addition to some tasty treats I found some locally grown seeds for next year’s garden

We stayed at a little cottage by Discovery Bay- an interesting little place distinguished by it’s unique rock garden features

The view from the property is pretty amazing

The following day we made our way up to Port Angeles to visit the Pacific Northwest Fiber Arts Expo.

It was a beautiful day, and the event was lovely. Lots of interesting vendors- I had no idea so much fiber milling activity was going on out on the Olympic Peninsula!

Brought home a few select items from the expo-

That’s the Curiosity colorway from Jadawoo Designs, and some recycled sari silk from Siren of the Skeins.

Also picked up a bit of a sweet fleece from Taggartshire Farms

Just a short stay in Port Angeles- felt like there was a lot more to see in the area. Might have to start looking around for a good retreat place in the vicinity.

Back at home this week I’ve made some good progress on the Shepherd’s next vest-

Just finished the upper back today, so only the upper front (and arm and neckline edging) to go.

Think I might be cutting it kind of close with the yarn I have remaining, so I might have to spin up a bit more before it’s all said and done, but there is plenty of roving in reserve. So no worries there.

Have a great week folks!

Color Play

Spent a little time at the drum carder today blending up some fresh batts to take to the Alger Sunday Market tomorrow.

Seeing as how the seasons have shifted, I went with some deeper, more shadowy shades.

It’s always interesting to see how the colors interact and play against each other.

And sometimes I can’t tell if I really like a combination until it makes a second pass through the carder and I peel it off

These purple/violet/blue/grey ones I think look particularly yummy, but the photos don’t really do them justice.

Hopefully the clouds will get themselves thoroughly wrung out overnight and the sun will come out tomorrow, but I’ll be out there rain or shine with the woolies!