the mill trip

it can be an annual or semi annual or bi annual or “holy smokes our barn is full of fleece” trip to our fiber mill. so many  points of interest lie in the 250 miles between our farm and ohio valley natural fibers . each trip up there has had a different flavor, none better than the other.

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the view out the back is always the same

this year we chose the urban route through louisville. our agenda was simple: good coffee and a taste of the local food scene. our delightful host was more than happy to comply and the overnight adventure was perfect.

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we have been working with ovnf since we sheared our first ewe. the original owners had jacob’s sheep and we felt a mill that was familiar with our breed of sheep was the perfect match. now, under new ownership, we remain delighted with their services to us and other members of our regional fiber community.

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needless to say, by the time we returned to louisville we had just enough daylight left to meander over the ohio. the sun set on our great adventure and we returned home to a farm well cared for by my teenagers (OK, one actual teenager and one 24 hours shy).

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clearly the barge knew he had an audience!

 

right now :: handspun

There is indigo in the garden. Ready. Ready for me to utilize it’s magic blue. Now, thanks to Robin’s knowledge and experimentation with using indigo as a dye plant, I’ve got the know-how to turn some of my yarn blue. The only small problem was that I didn’t have any of my own light colored yarn to turn blue. Now I do…IMGP1948 IMGP1959 IMGP1964And now it’s time to turn it blue!