Thursday, September 21, 2017

New Career For Ewe Lambs!

Wild Rose Farm Rambouillet Ewe Lambs Leaving
Couldn't Get Anyone To Pose For The Picture!
With so much natural dyeing going on (I mean really?), we forgot to mention that 3 Rambouillet ewe lambs left this week! They are happily embarking on a new show & breeding career for a dedicated young lady. Her show experience includes sheep, market hogs, and various types of poultry ... and that's just what we gleaned in 2 visits with her. :)
Can't wait to see how they do for her next year!
2017 Beaver County Self-Guided Farm Tour
Here's another clipping from Lancaster Farming - stop by if you're in the area! 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Dyeing Goes On ...

Natural Dyeing at Wild Rose Farm
Greens & Lace Weight Indigo Skein 
Here are the results of our natural dyeing yesterday ... some of the goldenrod has been over-dyed with indigo to produce some lovely greens. Once you have an indigo dye vat up & running, it can be used until it is exhausted. The dye vat will take multiple dips of the yarn skeins to darken the blue color.  The yarn airs out between dips as the dye vat rests. The light blue lace weight yarn skein was done after we finished the greens ...
Everything from yesterday is rinsed and hanging out to dry, whew!  Next up - more blue & purple.

We're getting prepared for the "Beaver County Drive It Yourself Farm Tour" on Saturday,September 30th. We'll have our Wild Rose Farm Rambouillet yarn, combed top, & wool available for sale.
Of course, we have lambs for sale too if you need some of those, lol!   
Sign Up For the Self Guided Beaver County Farm Tour!
*** Wild Rose Farm Is One Of The Tour Stops *** 

Monday, September 18, 2017

We're Dyeing Now!

Wild Rose Farm Indigo Dye Vat & Our Yarn
We started to do some natural dyeing over the weekend with our new yarns. The indigo dye bath is working out nicely. We've done some of the 2-Ply Bulky Art Yarn in 2 shades of blue so far. The foam & bubbles, aka the "flower" that you see on top is a sign of a healthy indigo dye vat. The bath is yellow-green under the flower.
Indigo Yarn & Goldenrod Dye Bath
Next up is the goldenrod dye bath. The goldenrod flower tops are soaked for 24 hours, simmered for and hour, and then the yarn is added to the bath and also simmered for an hour ...
Rambouillet Wool Yarn Entering the Dyebath
Here's the result!
Wild Rose Farm - Naturally Dyed Goldenrod & Indigo Wool Yarns

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

More Rambouillet Yarn Arrives!

News Flash! Yarn Arrives At Wild Rose Farm!
We've been hanging out & waiting for our next batch of yarn to arrive from The Mill At Meadowlands.  Here it is! A box of 2-ply, 200 yard skeins of our own 100% Rambouillet wool yarn arrived on Monday.  Now it's time to get serious about dyeing, lol. Three different types of yarn have been weighed so that I can start the natural dyeing process.
Now, out to clip some goldenrod ...

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Snow White At Dusk

Wild Rose Farm - Snow White & Ewes
We had finished working with the ewes as it was starting to get dark.  Snow White & the flock are waiting for us to open the gate and let them go ... the weather is cooling down and the ewes are starting to butt heads.
Here's a pet peeve of mine.  I see these slow moving vehicle reflectors hanging all over the place where they don't belong & folks become oblivious to their safety significance.  We spotted this caution at the Big Knob Fair in the antique tractor and steam show area:
Proper Use of Slow Moving Vehicle Signs!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Lambs For Sale

Wild Rose Farm Ewes In August
It's August and we've got ewe lambs & ram lambs for sale. All of the ewes have been separated off from the lambs and they've been grazing with Snow White ... see her in the upper right of the picture? Of course, they have been walking back & forth and she sees no need to follow them each time. Smart llama!
And why are they walking back & forth? We weaned the last 3 ewe lambs from their mothers the evening before this picture was taken. Those 3 ewes keep walking back to the gate to call for their lambs.  Occasionally, the rest of the flock follows them.  The 3 lambs are in the barn (penned up with the older lambs) and they keep bleating for their mothers. It takes about 2 days for them to settle down on both sides. Then it's peaceful & quiet again ...
Three Wild Rose Farm Ewes - Where Are Our Lambs?
Aside from working with the sheep, we were at the Hookstown Fair for several days. Here is the 1st Place wool hooked rug ... very nice entry again from this lady!
2017 Hookstown Fair - 1st Place Hooked Wool Rug 
Take a look at this massive heavy weight team from the Saturday morning draft horse pulling contest. They are from Florida and were on their way to somewhere north of here ... just "pull'in through" as they say!
2017 Hookstown Fair - Unhitching Heavy Weight Draft Horse Team From Florida

Saturday, August 26, 2017

2017 Lawrence County Fair

1st Place Rambouillet Ewe Lamb Resting 
After The Show
We made a trip to the Lawrence County Fair to see the sheep show. The Rambouillet ewe lamb that was picked up in late July seemed to be an old hand at showing and was resting calmly after the show.  It looks like she took the Penguin Stanley Cup Hockey theme seriously, lol!
We wandered around the grounds and spotted the Mercer County Spinners & Weavers Guild set up and doing spinning and weaving demonstrations. Their natural dye workshop sample cards caught my eye & reminded me that it's time to collect goldenrod & walnuts ...
Mercer County Spinners & Weavers Guild 
Natural Dye Sample Display Cards