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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Busy Days Indoors Make Me Happy !

 I have quite a large flock of sheep indoors , and they all fit on my dining room table ! The nice thing about this flock is they require no feeding and don't damage my fences. They behave themselves very well. That is why this flock is allowed on my shelves or under the Christmas tree. Yes, I have been happily crafting away indoors on these cold & rainy days, after I care for my very real & live flock of Jacob sheep.
 My sheep produce a lot of wool for me to spin, weave, felt, & craft with. I dyed one fleece a beautiful crimson red. The wool is drying in my sunroom. After this newly red fleece is dry I will card ( comb ) it so I can spin it up or locker-hook it into a rug. I get so excited with the possibilities & creations I can craft with this precious wool.
 I also dyed some yarn I had spun up earlier this year. The dye color is turquoise, and you can see how the dye appears different in these 2 skeins of yarn.
 The top skein was the white wool of my sheep. There was no black fleece in the wool I spun up. The bottom yarn was a skein of gray yarn, that is the black & white wool of my sheep carded together making it gray. I find I prefer the rich hue of gray wool when it is dyed but I am loving this yarn. I had originally decided to list this yarn in my Etsy shop *  but I am now considering keeping it for a future weaving project. I have more yarn & fleece to dye and a lot more little sheep waiting for adornment.

..."make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we command you ; so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need." I Thessalonians 4:1

10 comments:

Deb said...

I love your wee little sheep, Kathy. They are so sweet and perfect for Christmas decor. I like the figurine you have shown us, too, with the shepherd and his sheep. I can't wait to see you decorate for the holidays. Deb

Daisy said...

I love your sweet and whimsical sheep too, Kathy. Your yarns are beautiful colors. I'm sure whatever is made from them will be wonderful.

Karen said...

Love that color! Almost time to bust out Christmas!

joanne said...

Oh the colours are fantastic! You do such beautiful hand work, no wonder you love these grey days!

Blackberry Lane said...

I adore your wee little sheep and the yarn is gorgeous. Such lovely projects for the coming winter months.

Bee Lady said...

A friend of mine felted me a small sheep and it is so sweet. I never thought about putting it out for Christmas with my nativity scene. Great idea. Now get busy...I think you need to make an entire nativity!

Cindy Bee

Debbie said...

I agree. I'm happy to put the outdoor things to bed so I can do some indoor things I enjoy. I too have a little flock of sheep that finds its way near the tree each year. You have a very nice shepherd there. Don't know much about yarn, but those colors really pop.

Buttons said...

Oh Kathy your crimson red wool makes my heart sing I love that shade you are indeed lucky to have your own wool. The blue is beautiful. I can see you are going to have beautiful finished items to show. Have fun. Hug B

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

I am always in awe of your wonderful work..........do you or have you considered giving classes to teach this wonderful art? I would be the first to sign up if I lived close to you!

Lady Jane said...

I love your little sheep an your big ones too. What a beautiful shade of red that is. You are so talented Kathy. You bring back a art form that is an old tried and true wonder.