What’s Happening Around Here

Today we washed fiber, and dyed fiber and spun fiber. All good things. Some of today’s washed fiber became this beautiful plum color destined for roving at the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival in a few weeks.

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Dyed lamb's fleece - plum

Another batch of fiber was dyed this very spring-y tones of green.

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Dyed lamb's fleece in spring green tones.

We’re also spinning a new 100% lamb’s wool yarn in two ply. Exceptionally soft. Great loft. Wonderful spring. It will remain a natural white and be skeined in  3 ounce 200 yard lengths making it suitable for DK or light worsted projects.

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Freshly spun and washed 100% Lamb's Wool 2 Ply

Tomorrow we’ll finish up the spin on this yarn, skein, label and pack it away for NH !

Windmill – Another Perspective

So, as we mentioned the other day – we have this windmill. Here it is on the perimeter of one of our pastures. These boys really do not seems too taken with the thing, They are much more interested in the photographer standing right next to their feed troughs.
People have asked us if the windmill is loud. I can assure you it is not. If the wind is blowing with enough force to cause the turbine to generate electricity all you hear is the sound of the wind – no turbine noise at all.
When the idea of the windmill being erected on our farm was brought into the public domain – which was only necessitated by the local zoning rules restricting the height of the windmill to 100 feet – by our application for an area variance, some neighbors closed ranks, passed a petition, contacted newspapers and government offices and did most everything they could think of to stymie the effort. A number of those neighbors have since stated that ” it’s not nearly as bad as we thought” and “it’s not that big”. Not a resounding endorsement but none-the-less possibly an acknowledgment that maybe they really had not gathered all the info necessary to evaluate the project before establishing a stance “against”. It’s important to mention this because …unless more of us take a serious look at “alternatives” we may find ourselves in quite a mess here on planet Earth in a few year’s time. And that’s about as political as I intend to get.
Buckwheat Bridge Angoras is now, most likely, the only farm in the USA that grows and processes all it’s own animal fiber using exclusively solar and wind produced alternative energy. I think that goat just might be smiling !