The groundhog spoke on the 2nd and said spring will be early. It looks like it this week. The maternity ward here is full of happy, fat ladies awaiting the arrival of lambs. They are munching away on hay, grass and grain feeding their growing babies. They are also growing a new crop of wool. Ah yes…a renewable resource of luscious, soft, glowing wool. A picture of lambs from last year as a reminder of where we will be shortly. We will be fixing up their stalls today in the Heelside Hilton for sheep.
Our Spin/Knit/Crochet In at the Red Barn Studio is scheduled for February 16, 2019 from 10-3 on our farm. Join the Fiber Fun. Soak up the fiber vibes and relax with the creative community at the Red Barn Studio. See you there.
In addition to the Carolina FiberFest yearly event we are having a PARTY on March 16, 2019 at the Expo Building on the NC State Fairgrounds from 10-5. It is a fiber celebration of our move in 2020 to the Expo Building. So, yes, there are two events to celebrate. Both are free admission. The party will have a used equipment sale, an impromptu fashion show (bring your creations to model), a talk on how to wear a shawl and a talk on knitting to flatter and fit. Come, join the fun and party for fiber. We are sponsoring a backpack buddies drop off as well to help the community. Check out the website for all of the info. www.carolinafiberfest.org Everyone who comes will receive a free raffle ticket for the raffle at our yearly event the following weekend.
We are getting ready for Carolina FiberFest . That wonderful yearly event happens Friday and Saturday March 22 & 23, 2019 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds ( 9am – 6pm each day). www.carolinafiberfest.org will keep you up-to-date with all the fiber wonders. There will be 50 vendors this year, a record number with great variety and quality. A fleece sale, craft-a-long, fleece to shawl event, fiber arts competitions, guild demos, free speakers, classes, a raffle for fun, and event collectibles for sale. If you finish either the crochet or knitting craft-a-long project bring it by the check in booth to receive a free button commemorating your creativity for 2019. Check out the website for all of the details.
Pinky and her family
A New Year is upon us……hooray….a fresh start for all.
Our Knit/Spin/Crochet In will be held in our Red Barn Studio here at the farm on January 19th from 10-3. It is a great time to show off what you are creating, share ideas with other fiber enthusiasts, relax in the cushioning fiber aura and check out the fiber trends. What are your fiber plans for the new year? Are you planning on setting new fiber trends yourself? Have any questions for other fiberistas? Join the fun. We look forward to seeing you there.
Rich deep color with the colorway look
Heelside Farms’ Red Barn Studio will be open for Small Business Saturday November 24th, from 10-3. We will be offering specials on Yarn, Roving, Top, Kits, Needles and Blankets. Our wool is from our sheep. Buying local here means really local! Find that dream yarn or spinning fiber for your creations or that super friend. We have Chiaogoo red lace needles as well as double points in bamboo and steel, crochet hooks, quilting needles, shawl pins. We have created shawl and cowl kits that are colorful and easy. We look forward to seeing you this Saturday.
Reyna Shawl cormo/mohair
Our Knit/Spin/Crochet In will be held on November 17th from 10-3 in the Red Barn Studio on our farm. We welcome you to join the creative fun. Bring a project or purchase a new one. Show off your projects. It is okay to toot your own horn!
We had a great time at SAFF and enjoyed meeting everyone. Thanks for letting us know how you heard about us. Hear are a few pics of our booth . The Chipolte Cormo Top pictured in the last post was a hit!
Thanks to Patti for knitting the Aphelion Cowl for us. Our kits did very well. The cowl and shawl kits are a new addition to our line.
We found a new calf had been born when we arrived home. Here is a pic of the little heifer ( a girl) with her mother and her aunt.
The Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival is this week in Fletcher, N.C. near Asheville at the Western N.C. Fairgrounds. Check out www.saffsite.org for more info. They also have an app this year for you to download. It is a grand event. A place to immerse yourself in the total fiber experience. We hope to see you there. Here is a pic of one of our new fiberlicious Cormo top colorways, Chipolte.
Reyna Shawl cormo/mohair
The Fall Fiber Fun is happening right now! Spinzilla is happening this week. How many yards can you spin in one week?
Our Knit/Spin/Crochet In will be held at the Red Barn Studio on October 20th from 10-3. We celebrate all things fiber and enjoy each other’s company. The fiber osmosis is wonderful! Sharing and learning is the most fun.
We have added kits to our fall line up. We have shawl and cowl kits. The shawl is the Reyna shawl pattern free on Ravelry. We have it in two yarns right now but may add a third. Knitted on size 6 or 8 needles depending on the yarn. The cowl is the Aphelion pattern, also free on Ravelry. The sample was knit by our fabulous knitting friend Patti. Here are the pictures.
We are still enjoying(?) summer weather here at the farm. Very hot and muggy. Oh and now someone is sending a hurricane our way! Well that is North Carolina. Some years we think X marks the spot on us for wild weather. We hope you get prepared and stay safe during all of this. We are battening down the hatches on the farm.
Our Spin/Knit/Crochet In for this Saturday the 15th is iffy. We will post on FB about conditions. We are not sure how long hurricane Florence will be around. We will be here.
We are getting ready for Rising Meadow Farm event in Liberty on Sunday September 30th in Liberty, N.C.. It is a fun day with many types of vendors. You can read more about the event at www.risingmeadowfarm.com. We will be premiering New Fiber Creations there!
We baled our hay last week. It is always an exciting and work filled time. Covering the hay now in preparation for the storm. Other farm happenings are the garden produce, finally producing again for Fall, dyeing wool for the Fiber mills to process for us, keeping up with all of the fowl we have at the moment. We are raising a new generation of laying hens right now, Speckled Sussex, Partridge rocks and few odd little ones. We also have a great group of little guineas this year. It is an exciting and work filled time right now.
September is almost here. We are excited to welcome the Fall projects to our list. Bees have been robbed and their luscious golden honey is in the jars. Cider has been pressed from our apples ( a dream come true for us ). Wool is being washed in preparation for processing into roving and yarn. The ewes are just about ready for the breeding season. It is a busy and rewarding time of the year.
The fall garden is going in this week. Many types of greens are on the agenda as well as root crops. Rutabagas, turnips, carrots, parsnips, lettuces, kale, collards, spinach and cabbage. In our climate these crops will do well for most of the fall and winter season. Some will winter over into spring. We are blessed.
Grapes are ready for harvesting. Most of our nuts are enjoyed by the animals instead of us…wish we had more.
The pictures are varied this time…..a picture of the registered Finn rams who are all for sale…….a picture of the August Spin/Knit Crochet In where the “Fiber Vibes ” were rampant!……. A woven sample from an 1870’s pattern at the Kinston CSS Neuse Museum woven by Sally Smith for the museum . ….and finally some colorful knitting.
Our September Knit/Spin/Crochet In will be on the 15th from 10-3 in the Red Barn Studio on our farm. We invite you to join the Fiber Vibes Group where we share the infectious Fiber fun which often mutates into different Fiber ideas for different people. When you share your Fiber ideas where will they go? Join the Fiber Fun on September 15th at the Red Barn Studio. See you then.
Not sure where July went but we are always happy to see August. The farm is a busy place right now with a long and varied list of jobs every day. We have been building pens for our growing flocks of guineas and chickens. The guineas will soon be turned loose on the insect population which is large this year due to the rain.
It is almost time to bale hay again. Ahhhh the smell of freshly mowed hay. Some of the best times in the summer are baling hay. Plenty of work but the results are worth it.
The lambs are growing well. The ewes are resting before the breeding season begins. The rams are just hanging out. We sheared some of the sheep. The rest will be sheared later when their wool is long enough. Wool is a renewable resource with the sheep producing it continually. Some get their haircuts once a year while others have their haircuts twice a year.
The grapes are ready for harvesting. Not sure if they will be jelly, wine, or juice this year.
Fall is just around the corner with many exciting events on the agenda. We look forward to seeing everyone at both the Rising Meadow Farm day in Liberty, N.C. and the Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival in Asheville, N.C..
Our next Knit/Spin/Crochet In will be held on Saturday August 18th from 10-3 at the Red Barn Studio here on the farm. What projects have you begun recently or are you working on a long term project? We love to see what everyone is creating. Join us for a fibery fun day. See you soon.
Our pics here are varied:
We had many groups come to the farm for tours this summer.
We also enjoyed seeing friends learn to spin for the first time.
Truly an enjoyable summer!
We are busy with gardening and canning in addition to all of our animals with fiber production. Summer is the busiest time here. Lambs are weaned and growing. The ewes are resting after the lambing season. Bees are in full production making scrumptious honey. The garden is really great this year with all of the rain. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash, green beans, cabbages, and soon butter beans are flowing out of the garden daily. We pickled beets this year for the first time in a few years. Elderberries are on their way and we had the first blueberries this week.
For those who have not learned to preserve produce we encourage you to learn. Your county agriculture department will offer classes as well as a plethora of online info can help you make the move to independence. The farmer’s markets offer fresh products if you do not have a garden. They might offer a discount for bulk purchases. It never hurts to ask. The fresh food movement has plenty of blogs for education as well.
Our next Knit/Spin/Crochet In will be in the Red Barn Studio at Heelside Farm on July 21st from 10-3. It is a fiber loving gathering. Hope to see you there.