Autumn is one of the things my children miss most about our hillside farm. “Take pictures”, my son pleaded the last time I spoke with him from his dorm room in Pennsylvania. So this post is for my college kids, Emily, Anna, and Luke.
It was the perfect day for shearing. The sky was blue and the sun was warm.
Even Kai enjoyed the day. Our shearer brought her dog Lyle along, and he and Kai played a game of tag around the truck.
Now shiny backs of gray graze in the field.
Gotland sheep come in varying shades of gray from pale silver to dark charcoal black. Curls of gray fall from the clippers. It feels good to scratch after the wool comes off.
It’s wool sweater weather in Vermont. Smoke rises from chimney tops. Mist lays in the valleys in the early morning. The dew lies heavy on the grass, and the leaves have burst forth in full color.
I finished knitting the long sleeve version of the Vermont Cardigan, just in time. One test knitter told me that she loved her long sleeve cardigan knit from our Gotland yarn. She said it had become her “go [read more…]
In early spring, a robin built her nest in the holly bush right next to my front steps. There she raised two clutches of eggs-six babies in all. I watched as she diligently cared for them. This was a summer of letting go, for mother robin and for me. As a parent, there are multiple times when you have to let go. Some times are easier than others.
It was mid morning at a small town in New York, just over the Vermont border, locals whizzed by on their way to work, grabbing their coffee at the corner shop. We waited in the parking lot for a woman from Oregon named Heather, whom we had never met, driving a truck with a livestock trailer in tow. We, as well as others, had entrusted her with our sheep, to provide safe passage as [read more…]
It has been a good couple of months, gaining ground with some leisurely reading and knitting – nourishing my soul.
Gaining Ground found its way into my hands a couple of months ago. Through its pages, Forrest Pritchard tells of his journey to reclaim his family’s farm. One would think that such a book would most inspire the “farmer wanna-be” or encourage the current farmer who is trying to make a go of it. [read more…]
Merino wool + Gotland curls + Soap & Water = Pillow
This pillow is made by creating a sleeve using a resist during felting. I laid Merino wool on both sides of the resist and then put Gotland curls on top of the wool. I used the deep palm felting tool by Heart Felt Silks to speed the felting process and to maintain the curls. When felted and [read more…]
Through the past 10 years, I have taken felting and fiber art classes from some pretty amazing artists-Robin Russo, Neysa Russo, Jean Gauger, Inge Bauer, Katia Mokeyeva, and Andrea Noeske-Porada. Each of these artists generously opened their studios, knowledge, and lives up to their students. Not only did they share their technical skill, but also that space within themselves that feeds their yearning to create. While in Germany last fall, I took a one day [read more…]
Last week I had the joy of hosting a woman from Canada who wanted a private farm and fiber art retreat. She had been felting for a few months- exploring on her own and discovering the delight in working with wool. She wanted to move her skill to the next level, learning new surface design techniques and the use of resists. Linda traveled a full day to reach our farm to be immersed in sheep, [read more…]
Alaska, our guardian llama, is really an independent soul. Her motto has always been, “Look-but don’t touch.” She prefers to eat her hay and grass without the sheep underfoot and she prefers to lay down and relax away from the flock. Every year, the lambs have to learn how to live with their giant friend and protector. Alaska lets them know their boundaries with a sweep of her long neck, or a low grumbling followed [read more…]
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