Thursday, May 23, 2013

Varieties of Fluff

Indoor fort fun.
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Beautiful fluffy baby.
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Weeding the garden.
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My newest bunny!  ....kidding.  This is a fluffy baby alpaca batt.
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Zahana tried.
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This is the yarn I made out of it.  Spun thick-and-thin with blue merino cocoons and Navajo-plied.
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Currently on the wheel.  This is what I was spinning at the festival.
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Severely overspun alpaca and bfl for another shaggy yarn.
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I decided to go ahead and clip Aya since she was losing so much fur when I brushed her. This picture shows the banding on her fur.  It is super dense.
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Poor silly-looking bunny!
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

New Bunnies

Meet Anatolia. She was my birthday present. She is a broken sable French angora from Bama Angoras.  She's my fiesty one.
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Here's a picture of Ana before I clipped her in case you missed it.
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This is Ayasofya, a black English/French from Booger Holler Hairballs.
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Aya is only a couple months old and very sweet.
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And I picked this big guy up in Lexington.  He's probably a French/English cross, and his name is Apricot.  He's a very friendly, sweet bunny.  I love the fawn color.
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He's feeling quite frisky since his haircut.  He had some big mats that probably didn't feel so nice.  He looks pretty silly though.
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival

This was my booth at the festival. The first day, it kept sprinkling off and on so I had to have the tent sides and everything shoved in the back where it wouldn't get wet.  On Sunday, though, the weather was beautiful, and I was able to have a more inviting setup.  I wish I had taken more pictures of the other vendors and the sheep and alpacas, but I didn't.  I mostly stayed at my booth.  The kids had a great time running the grounds, bottle feeding the lambs, and buying honey sticks.  I had so much help! I could not have done this festival without all the family there to help me.  It was also fun and relaxing for me.  I enjoyed it very much and look forward to next year's festival. 
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Miah's table.  She did really great, sold some of her bracelets, a skein of the yarn she dyed, and lots of the wooden buttons she and Jeremiah made together.
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I sold eight of my yarns plus someone put in an order for another.  Considering that my etsy sales for the last 4 months was 11, I'd call that a success.  I enjoyed getting to talk to other fiber people, admiring their handiwork, and getting advice and encouragement.  At the tail end of the festival, I finally went shopping, which was perfect, because people were ready to rid of stuff.  I got some great deals, and brought home all this:
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Yay!  I told myself I would not buy dyed fiber, because I want to learn to dye and it's cheaper that way.  But some of this stuff was so cheap, I couldn't pass it up!
2 pounds of undyed merino top from Ohio Valley
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1 pound of border leicester locks
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Gorgeous dyed suri locks from River Hill Ranch
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All the rest is from Moonwood Farm.  Angelina and silk noil, a present from my sister.
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A beautiful, blue bamboo braid, a gift from Miah.
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More dyed suri locks.
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Fluff and sparkle from the bargain bin.
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Dyed cotswold fleece.
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 I can't wait to start spinning!

Linking up at Crafting On.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Praise God for Kip, Again!


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Sweet little Kip gave us a great big scare yesterday.  My sister and I were sitting at my booth at the fiber festival, and he started choking.  And he wouldn't stop.  We had to yell for help, and lots of people rushed over.  Alvina from River Hill Ranch will always hold a special place in my heart for saving my nephew's life.  We never did see what he was choking on, but we suspect angora fiber or maybe grass.  He was rashy afterward, so it may have been more of an allergic reaction to something.
Looking back on the incident, I see that God's provision in protecting Kip was perfect. I was in the tent with my sister when it happened.  I kept leaving her to look around, and Kip was facing out in his carrier so my sister couldn't see his face, so this was significant.  There were so many helpful people around us, one of whom turned out to be his own NICU nurse.  We didn't know she was there until she came over right after he started breathing again.  And my mom showed up just a few minutes later, which was a huge comfort as my sister and I were both pretty shaken up.
It's terrifying moments like this that make you realize just how fragile life is, how suddenly it can be over, and how we really and truly can do nothing to sustain our own lives or the precious lives of the ones we love.  God is so, so good, showing His mercy and power in our weakest moments, giving life and sustaining it.  We are praising God for Kip again.
"Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways,
And how small a whisper we hear of Him!
But the thunder of His power who can understand?”
~Job 26:14