Sunday, July 28, 2013

Spinning Yarn


The Farmer spins yarn
No not spins a yarn he actually spins yarn
After years of not making use of the sheep's wool he has invested in a spinning wheel.

A DIZ was another addition to the fiber arsenal
The rovings that The Farmer made previously were a bit uneven
A house key and later a cardboard piece with a hole punched in it didn't do the trick

This little beauty makes the spinning much easier
With a nice even roving there are less surprises to deal with.

The Farmer And The Farmers Wife took turns taking the machine for a ride
An E-Spinner was chosen to take the feet out of the learning curve
One day, after getting the hang of the hands they will try a treadle machine

All the rovings that The Farmer made were spun up on Saturday morning.
So its back to the wool combs to make more.

The two very nice gentlemen at 
 in Jordan Ontario were very helpful
The machine was ordered and arrived 5 days later
A short lesson on how to spin was given
An invitation to Sundays Spin In was offered as well
Unfortunately its garlic season so 
The Farmer and The Farmers Wife were unable to attend
Another time they will make time

The Farmer And The Farmers Wife agree that this is an addictive little machine

Next post may be on plying yarn in the lazy kate

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wool Combs

Wool Combs

Well The Farmer finally buckled to the pressure to not waste wool.
The sheep must be sheared yearly but The Farmer doesn't use the wool.
Till now that is.

The post master thought for sure The Farmer had become a friend to the birds.
With the shape of this package who could blame him.

Wool Combs from Benjamin Green Studio

Ben is proud enough of his work to sign it.
The Farmer thinks that's a good sign.

Just clamp to the counter and he is ready to comb.

One comb gets placed in the holder.

Fleece gets added

Now comb through with the other comb taking little bits at a time.

When the fibers are transferred to the hand held comb switch it with the one in the holder.

After three or four combings it looks very soft and uniform.

Pulling it bit by bit through a small hole makes a roving ready to spin into yarn.
The Farmer used an old house key for this job.

So there you have it all The Farmer needs now is a spinner.
That will be a future blog.

Ben designed a nice tool.
The dark walnut accents give it a classic look.

Garlic 2013

The Garlic Harvest 2013

First the scapes were ready

So The Farmer and The Farmers Wife picked them.
Most of them went to Churchhill Natural Meats for Scape Pesto Sausage.
It was fantastic!

 Then came the garlic harvest

Many tractor buckets full

 The Roots and Stems were trimmed and the bulbs cleaned

 The Farmer moved the garlic patch this year.
Unfortunately the nutrient level was not high enough.
The product is smaller this year but no disease.

 Laid into bins one lair deep to dry.
This year will only add up to 50 bins.

Though The Farmer is a bit disappointed in the size he is happy with the flavour.