This is a felt stocking I made from a wet felted cashmere sweater. The santa and lamb I needlefelted on with wool from my sheep. The yarn that I used to stitch it together is made from my sheep, dyed bright red and handspun by me. The trim is from a border leicester ewe owned by my shearer, he gave me a fleece a while ago, the locks are washed and then needled onto the stocking. It is 12" talla d a little more than 7 inches from heel to toe.
We sheared a couple ram lambs this fall, and this was our first set of really fine wooled shetland lambs. So I was pretty excited to spin their wool. Their locks were pretty short, about 2.5 inches. Usually in March when I shear their locks are more like 4-5" long. So I flick carded and then drum carded the shorter locks, and spun semi worsted anyways, but just inchwormed the drafting. It was a little lumpy, since I wasn't really particular with the flicking, not like how I am with the longer locks. So it turned out a really pretty blue grey, sorry the photo of the fleece on the hoof is a little rough, but I think you get the idea. This yarn is from Pyrenee's dark ram, we haven't named him. His fleece is very soft and fine, with a nice tight crimp. This is not dyed, the color is his natural color. He is grey, but he actually covers the range from light grey to charcoal, so you get a wonderful variation of color in this yarn. I am spinning up as I go, and I've noticed that this skein is quite a bit darker than what I'm working on now, and as I look at his photo I realize I must have started flicking at the neck wool, where its more blue grey, as now his wool is spinning up more light grey. So as I ply it I am now getting a candy stripe appearance, which I don't care for, but its too late now. This skein is a 2 ply yarn, about 114 yards. It feels really full and springy. I did not weigh this yarn when I dried it in order to preserve the elasticity. Its ~18 wpi. His wool is very soft and fine, we tested the diameter of the fiber, and it had a spinning fineness of 24.5, which is very fine indeed! Anything under 30 microns is considered next to skin soft, I have more micron data to share if you are interested in that sort of thing, just ask. I really enjoyed spinning up the finer shetland, it felt really great going through my fingers!
these are a simple dp needle pattern of shetland mittens from our ewe buttercup. V. soft, the white on her neck really pops when randomly spun up. Photos of Buttercup, her roving and the finished mittens.
I have not had a chance to spin this, but I wanted to show off the processing/dyeing effort. This is shetland wool from my white ewe, Lily. I dyed some turqoise, some scarlet and some orchid and then blended it on my drum carder. I love how it turned out, I call it "Purple Mountain Majesty". I did all the cleaning, processing and dyeing myself.
Just a simple barn hat, nice and soft and toasty warm. Wool came from our ram, Cihat. He is mostly white with black spots. I processed the wool, and randomly threw in the black as I carded it up, so I ended up with a nice random one of a kind pattern. He has a long fiber length, so he spun up like a dream. I made another one, but did a 2 inch rib, no brim. I like the brim better. Its my own pattern, its way easy and fast. Let me know if you would like the pattern.
This is my second morning surf scarf I've made, this time I used Kiraz's wool. I raised the ewe, washed, carded, spun and knit this scarf all here on our farm. Her color is called moorit which means brown. Her wool spins up as a really pretty taupe color, with many natural highlights. The wool for this scarf is the natural color of the sheep, no dyes were used. This scarf is 9" wide x 55" long. It weighs about 3.3 oz. I got the pattern from spinoff magazine, its called "Morning Surf". It is fairly soft, maybe a little scratchy, but not unbearable. The wool was processed in my home, not by a commercial mill, so it still has natural softening agents in the wool.
I was so inspired by Chimera's elf land playmat, that I was compelled to create this whimsical scene, straight from the North Pole. The crow, bunny, mouse and squirrel are loose and can be played with. I had so much fun making this, I totally plan on doing more play mats. I hope to make a couple for my niece and nephew for saturday. I am thinking a farm and a woodland scene. I really like making the little critters.