Ewephoria!

Seriously, does it get any cuter than this?

(Jen’s picture.) This is Jimmi getting loved by Carmelita, the freaking adorable sweetiepie llama at Ewephoria Farm, where the Spinsters Club met last Sunday. It was so very very fun, and lucky Jennifer S. went home with two new sheepies! (I’m coveting Daisy’s sister. I think they’re related…) We toured the pastures, met a bunch of friendly, doggy sheep, got to pet and hold day-old lambs, ate Tina’s yummy crumbcake, went shopping, and set to spinning. Very, very fun meeting!

(All the pictures are Jen’s…)

Here are two of the black Romneys. Jennifer took one home, along with a sweet shetland wether.

This guy’s a real Cassanova, nuzzling all the ladies. His fleece is scrumpy and… all mine! I also reserved another spotted merino, yay! And Laura’s getting a dreamy white merino fleece, from the lady across the barn from her:

(I had dibs on this one, but it turns out her fleece was already spoken for. I’ll probably have my hands full with the other two, anyway!) Look at the little baby, with it’s long, wiggly tail!

Chocolate merino babies! There were some even younger, darker ones I wanted to run off with. Maybe next time! We’re trying to set a time for Ron to go visit as part of a brainwashing plan.

This one I call Piggy. Couldn’t you just eat him up? He’s a little shy, though.

Oh! And I’m going to help out on shearing day both at Ewephoria Farm and Alpacas in Wildcat Hollow! Yay! I expect I’ll learn a ton. Vocation vacation! Vocation vacation!

I spent almost an hour today cleaning out a carder with a 0 knitting needle. At the January Spinsters Club, someone carded some very short raw fleece that seems like it must’ve been just handfuls of second cuts, because I had to pry a million sticky neps out. I dusted it with baby poweder and ran a ton of cheap top through it to clean it out, but I’m still picking out tiny bits of fluff. What a nightmare. I will be putting NO RAW FLEECE signs on all the carders for Yarn school.

I’m also trying to figure out what exactly to order for Yarn School. I ordered all the fiber last week, but I haven’t yet settled on what extra equipment to get.  Definitely more Frickes, and I’m getting Ashford equipment, but I haven’t decided what yet. And maybe some Louet stuff.  This year, I’ll probably sell off all the old and one of a kind wheels for cheap and transition to newer wheels that are easier for upkeep. I don’t know whether to sell them before or during.

I’ve been carding the last couple of days & just added a few new items to etsy, but I’ll hopefully finish a few more batts in progress and post all the fiber porn tonight or tomorrow. Which reminds me: I want a new camera. But I want other things more, so not yet.

On a personal note, I am rocking a really bad Princess Di mullet-in-progress right now. I want to grow my hair out (long again), but this phase is pretty heinous. How do extensions work? Are they totally creepy?

  • Kimberly Pye says:

    Oh, my! Those chocolate merino babies are just askin’ to be squeezed! So cute!

  • Rima says:

    Super cute!

  • Kyle says:

    I love all the little animals! They are so beautiful and loving – I’m jealous that you got to spend time with them!

    AND you got to take some babies home? lucky lucky… I don’t think I would have a clue how to shear a sheep, but I’m brave enough to visit watch and *maybe* try it someday… to go from sheep to sweater… one day, before I croak… it’s on my list of things to do.

  • Nikol says:

    No, no, no! I didn’t bring home any sheep; just Jennifer did. I just reserved a few fleeces I wanted. But maybe this spring… :)

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