In this episode, I talk to Emily about shepherding. We talked about how she became a shearer and shepherd. We talk about raising healthy animals and how she is using regenerative practices to improve her land. We also talked about what it takes to be a woman shearer in a man’s world.
Emily is one to the strongest women that I know. She made a place for herself in a really physically demanding profession. She is empathetic to the animals and the shepherds who tend to them. And she has raised a strong, smart daughter.
How are you feeling? Are you continuing to knit or crochet or spin? Are you making way through your collection? Are you excited about the possibility of seeing some great yarn and roving and pottery and buttons this weekend?
This weekend, really starting tomorrow, Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival is going to a virtual show. I am grateful that the festival organizers have taken on this new world of virtual festivals. I am grateful for the teachers who will teach on zoom. I’m grateful to all the shoppers who are supporting us. So I hope that you will be able to come out and see what we have for you this weekend.
This festival is on a new platform called Eventeny. Here is the link to the festival page. That platform is much like ETSY. You as a shopper will be able to fill your cart with items from many different vendors all in one place. I had to make a decision about this platform. I made the decision to not migrate my whole webstore to this platform. I have put my special collections there. Click here to see our page. You can find much of my Autumn collection, Viral collection and my new colorway in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
BUT, I do want to give you a perk for buying from my webstore this weekend. You can use the code SVFF on my website only, for free first class shipping on your purchases. This coupon code is active now and it will expire 9:30am on 9/30. There you will find all our yarn and roving and kits and swag.
I’m live every Thursday at 1pm on Facebook. I hope you’ll join me. Today I showed the update of my No Rhinebeck Sweater. I’m nearly finished with the first sleeve. I also had an epiphany about needles. And I wanted to share. I share my favorite needles, some needles I hate and a circular needle keeper.
I just dropped Episode 7. It’s all about how to pick the right yarn for your next project. I start with some of the questions I ask myself as I’m dreaming of a new project. Don’t you love starting something new? I do! I do think it’s like dreaming. There is the entire world of garments and yarns and colors and weights to choose from. Yes, it can be overwhelming. But there are still some parameters.
In this podcast I talk about what I’ve learned about picking yarns for cables and laces. I talk about when to sure semi-solids and when to use variegated yarn. I want to help you to start a project that will be enjoyable and will meet your expectations. For instance, for both cables and lace stitches, you need to have yarn that is stretchy. You also need to have yarn that will hold its shape when it is blocked.
Are you knitting for a picky person: toddler, teenager or senior? Are you knitting something that is fitted or something like a shawl where size doesn’t really matter? You have to take these into consideration.
Karen and I talk about being fiber artists. We are both city girls who turned into fiber farmers. We talk about our journey from city girl to farmHer. And we talk about making farm yarn from our fleeces.
Yes I’m going to be vending during Vogue Knitting Live August. I will be LIVE on ZOOM on Thursday and Sunday. I have the 3pm hour on Thursday and the 10am hour on Sunday. I will be showing you our yarn and colorways. I’ll be taking you all out to the barns for a visit with the sheep and goats. And I’ll be showing you how to put together our yarns for some of the most fun current patterns on Ravelry.
Vogue Knitting has lots of classes going on that weekend. They also have lectures and a keynote. You can register for the whole shebang or you can just get a marketplace ticket. The tickets for the marketplace are only $3.99. There are 4 vendors each hour. You can see and learn so much at this show. I hope you will join us. Here is where you can get the tickets.
There are only a few of the sock blank—sock blanks left. Remember this is an opportunity to learn how to knit socks 2 at a time. You get 60 day access to my free ecourse with the purchase of one of these fun fabrics. Knit blanks–sock blanks are fun to knit with as you watch the fabric transform itself into another iteration. Grab yours here.
We’re living in a strange time. I don’t get to see you at fiber shows. I miss our connections, I really do.
I’ve just started a podcast in these pandemic times. My goal is to keep you informed about new happenings here at the farm. I also want to give you information that you can use in your knitting or crafting. I want to help you build your color confidence. And I can do that through a podcast.
In this first season, if you will, I’ve been talking about farm yarns. So many dyers offer commercial yarns, and I do that too. But what sets me apart is my farm yarn. I’ve worked a number of years to develop my yarns so that they are soft to the skin and you can use them for shawls, sweaters, hats, gloves and socks. Each yarn is designed to be beautiful and to be fun to use.
I also want to answer your questions in the podcast. So be sure to shoot me an email if you have a question for me.
I am also planning to do some interviews of some great fiber farmers and indie dyers.
I’ve been thinking about getting an e-spinner for several years now. I couldn’t really rationalize the high price of the most popular model. Last year at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival, I saw a woman spinning on an eel nano. It seemed so small and delicate. I looked at reviews, I looked at other espinners. And I found the one for me.
I bought a Heavenly Handspinning Vespera, Gen 2. I had it unpacked and put together in under 30 minutes.
And I was spinning very shortly afterward. HH has nice YouTube videos to help you set up the machine and to get started spinning. And I did use them to make sure that I had all the cords connected in the correct way.
Come to our open studio event. In order to be in compliance with the covid-19 restrictions, we have some rules. You will pick a time slot. You may bring one other family member with you into the shop. You must wear a mask. You will be given hand sanitizer to use before you enter the store. $10.00 of your ticket price will be credited when you make a purchase. We will have sun tents set up in the yard if you would like to bring your spinning wheel or knitting in a country setting while social distancing. We are trying our best to promote a responsible yarnie event.