Happy 2017!

UCWDC World Championships

Although the holidays are always fun, the calm and return to routine is always nice. img_2240-1We’re back from Nashville and the UCWDC World Championships. I did clench the world points championship in two divisions… I couldn’t be happier about it!

Crochet Ponytail Hats

I did manage to finish a couple of hats on the trip. Two ponytail hats came out really cute. I’ve added them to my Etsy site.  I decided on acrylic since I have so img_2288much of it and the stretch is nice. Next on the list will be an alpaca/wool mix. I think with a fun ball on the top of the hat. There’s always room for a pompom hat in any wardrobe 😉

Mohair Preparation

I started washing up the Angora goat that I picked up at Fibershed in November. I hadn’t spun Mohair before and I’m img_2309a little surprised at how slippery it is. I’m not sure what I was expecting. It is, of course, soft and wonderful. It reminds me so much of Angora rabbit and even more of Alpaca. It’s from a soft yearling and I love the curls. I played with some prep. Combing turned out beautiful results, but my hands could not take it. I tried carded a little, but I feel like it lost too much of it’s curly personality. My plan it to flick it out with the minimum prep possible.   Right now with the cold, wet weather I can’t get it to dry quick enough. It’s nothing like washing wool in the California sun. I may have to save all of my wool processing for warmer times. I’m really not sure how long the drying process will take. But, it’s not going to go nearly quick enough.

Angora Rabbit Shearing

Oh my is Daisy past her shearing time. I can barely find her under all of that wool! I’m hoping to head up to Bungalow Farms this weekend since my poor baby desperately needs a shearing. I’ll be making her a coat this week to keep her warm after her haircut. If I had more time it would certainly be something cute…but with the lack of time and the rough pattern outline, I think the first one will be an interesting prototype.

Needle Felting Mushrooms

While I was sick with my annual Christmas cold. I did some needle-felting. The little mushrooms that I came up with turned out SO adorable that I think I’m going to make up some to add to the Etsy site. Since I wasn’t enjoying spinning up the BFL, I decided to take a little of it for felting. It really was the perfect colors and worked so well. I won’t mention how many times I poked myself. But, I was pretty thankful for the finger guards that I picked up from Amazon!  In my opinion, they were worth every penny!

New Shaving Soaps

This week I’m excited to try some new shaving soaps. Lots of bubbles and I plan to add a little soft, smooth clay. Stay tuned!



Spinning Babydoll Wool

I started spinning up the Babydoll wool from MyLittleSheep on Etsy. The wool is prepared beautifully as 1 oz roving rolls. I think I purchased 3 or 4 oz. of wool from a sheep called Jasmine. I’ll definitely buy from her again! jasmine

I wanted to try Babydoll for a few reasons. I like the size of the sheep and as the goal is to some day have a few sheep, I’m trying to narrow down what breed makes the most sense.  So there was a little extra incentive to try this adorable little breed. Secondly, I want to work my way img_2131around different breeds just to see the differences and which ones really are my favorites for different purposes.

The first thing that I noticed is that this breed of sheep (given the variations of individual sheep) that it isn’t quite as soft as I’m used to. Not that it’s not soft. It’s softer than the Romney that I’ve spun previously. img_2107Another factor is that I’ve been spinning Alpaca and Angora. Which, spinning anything after that might feel a little rougher.

The second thing that I noticed is that this is spinning up so easily. I’m spinning long draw and these batts almost spin themselves. They are spinning up fast and even. Really fun to spin.

To wrap it up, I don’t think I would use it for gloves or socks. I prefer softer for those purposes. But for a sweater, shawl, poncho, it would be perfect. Not as soft as BFL, but not as rough as Romney. I have to say, I’m really enjoying spinning this Babydoll wool. And I look forward img_2128to trying it again!


A new bunny joins Cottontail Farms!

A stunning German Angora Rabbit. We’re still working on names; img_1928Lilly, Daisy and Marilyn are the top names so far. At six months old, she’s a big girl already. She had a shearing about a month ago so her next one will be in January (hopefully with help from Erin). She’s already cuddled on the couch with me and started investigating her new “apartment”

This beautiful bunny was adopted from Erin at Bungalow Farms & her lineage is from Canada.

After seeing Erin give a sheering demonstration at Fibershed, I fell in love with the docile German Angora. As an early Christmas present we headed up to Bungalow farms where “Daisy” was waiting for us.

Welcome home… um…Lilly, Daisy, Marilyn?!