Spinning for Feral Beginners

Thursday, November 13, 2008

And the fibre keeps coming!

Angel -- The cutest Angora bunny in the world!

Check out Aboundingful Farm -- Ellen Hanson Anderson - Shepherdess and Spinner, and breeder of the most beautiful Angora Rabbits you've ever seen! My sister, Beth, bought Angel from Ellen. And yes, since the photo was taken, Angel has had a haircut! Ellen breeds Icelandic and Jacob sheep and keeps angora goats too. Her kid mohair is spinning heaven.

Look out for Nancy and Lili Weik's Overlook Manor Farm -- home of fabulous Cormo and Border Leicesters. And they breed gorgeous guard dogs too! And you know I'm loving that.

Both of these farms are happy to email you with information on which fibres are in stock. Look for them at the fibre festivals too. Be sure to tell 'em Melissa from SIOz says hello.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Fiber Links

Ok -- I've confirmed the first 2 links for some unbelieveably wonderful fiber-sellers in the US.

Roclans -- Kate grows the most unreal Ramboullets you'll ever see! And her fiber is worth emailing and ordering. She dyes the fleeces then has them processed for spinners -- the result is the softest, most wonderful spinning fibre you'll ever feel. Well, I'm biased, as in addition to having great fiber, Kate is an ACE person and so is her husband, who runs the farm and keeps her Rambos in good shape. Email her and ask her what colours and types of fibers she has in stock. It's worth the extra effort.

Flying Fibers: Jeri stocks rare UK sheepwools. I've stashed a variety to take back home with me. I'm particularly taken with her Manx batts. They're so kewl. Jeri is a talented fibre artist -- and I now am the proud owner of one of her wild hats -- PURPLE of course! I love it so much that I'm sad it is summer in Oz and can't wear it for a while. Buggah!

I'm sorting through what I've hoarded and will post more links as I get to them.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The woolpile

There are several bags of fibre here -- all waiting to be worked with... and I'm under deadline, so no fibre fun for me til the work is finished. It's terrible torture.

Awaiting details from several wool producers for weblinks, so please stay tuned for those!

M, in Easton, MD