I have been dyeing as much as possible in the past couple of days! My last dye day included merino and a merino/silk blend. There are some lovely silk bells soaking as we speak in preparation to be dyed tomorrow. We will be selling our wares at Castle Farms in Charlevoix, MI on July 25th and 26th. If you happen to come to the festival please stop by and say hi! We are in booth 21.
Today I decided to try out a new method for washing fleeces called Fermented Suint Mix. Sounds daunting huh? Basically all that is required is a really greasy fleece (our Cormo fits the bill!) and soft water. We have well water and that is usually hard so it is recommend you use rain water or distilled. Well, I didn't get rainwater collected the last rain and I was too cheap to buy all the distilled water needed. So, I compromised since I have heard reports of good results using well water, I did half distilled water and half well water. This will not get all of the lanolin out of the Cormo but it's a good start. You can read more about it here. (If you aren't a Ravelry member yet, join! Invites are going out immediately now and it is well worth it.)
Today I am feeling pretty sick so the above bobbin is all I have accomplished spinning wise. I am spinning in the Tour De Fleece so I really had to get at least some spinning in today.
These are all the yummy yarns that I have gotten done so far! And below is a beautiful batt from Moonlight and Laughter (another phattie) that I spun up. Oh my yum!
We've got some new animals on the farm! I will introduce them in the next post :)