Knit/ Spin/Crochet In Events at Red Barn Studio

We are posting the Knit/Spin/Crochet In dates and times here for handy reference.  The third Saturday of each month is our usual time for this event.   Join our fiber community and celebrate your love for fiber.  We hold these at the Red Barn Studio on the farm. There is no charge. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Bring your own project or shop our fiber panorama for a new project.  All our wool is from our sheep. Keep your carbon footprint small, shop local.  Our yarn weights range from fingering to bulky. Sock yarn with nylon or with mohair, for those going all natural, is available.  Rovings, Cormo top, Batts and Felting fiber round out our fiber selection.  Heelside Farms has a variety of breeds of sheep : Icelandic, Border Leicester, Finn and Cormo sheep. Their luscious wool is represented in yarn, spinning products and blankets. The blankets are made for us. They are 100% all natural wool, machine washable on gentle cycle and hang to dry.

Red Lace knitting needles are now available in our store along with felting supplies.

Spin/ Knit/ Crochet In schedule for the remainder of 2017 is:

August 19, 2017   10-3

September  16, 2017  10-3

October 21, 2017  10-3

November 18, 2017  10-3

December 16, 2017   10-3

Here are three of our new rovings. Tapestry has silk as you can see. Gulf Stream and Cornelia are 100% wool.  We are working on knitted samples and will have them ready soon for you to see. Enjoy!

Tapestry

Tapestry

Gulf Stream

Gulf Stream

Cornelia

Cornelia

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Dreaming Fiber Dreams!

Our new Rovings are on the way. How exciting! We will be revealing the newest spinning excitement soon.  Luscious colors or all natural, they are all from our super sweet sheep. We look forward to sharing them with you soon.  To quote a well-read fiber person I know, ” Finishing spinning a wonderful roving into yarn is like finishing a great book. When you are done you wished there were more.”

Fiber daydreams are different for each of us. To some it is the color that draws us in, for others the texture, yet others the softness of the fiber and for all the dream of the next spinning or knitting project continues to hold sway over us.  Join us for our next Spin/Knit/Crochet In on August 19th from 10-3 to share your dreams and soak up the fibersphere! See you then.

The top picture is of our beautiful 100% wool roving  Nebula. The shawl shown in the other picture was handspun from that roving and then woven on a triangular loom.  A true treasure. Sue dreamed of the shawl from that roving and made it happen.

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Ready, Set Spin…or Knit…or Crochet..or Felt

Oh my what A fun month! July is the time to finish current projects and plan for the cool weather fiber fun.  What is on your dream list?  A shawl, sweater, socks, hat and scarf set? You name it you can do it. Join us for the July Spin/Knit/Crochet In on the 15th from 10-3.  Share your dreams, be inspired, and inspire others when you join the fiber community at Heelside Farms.  See you then!

We just received our all natural rovings from the processor. So beautiful. Love it!20170702_123006 Here is a picture of one. We are spinning this now and will soon have a yarn sample for you to see. We listened to you and there are no dyes in this one and it is 100% wool. Wait until you seen the yarn!

 

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Summer is here

Have you begun your winter fiber projects yet? If not, now is the time to jump start a new project so it will be ready for the fall and winter chill. Our next Spin/Knit/Crochet In will be held at the Red Barn Studio on June 17th from 10-3. Bring your projects for show and tell. Join the fiber gabfest and plan a new project.  Looking forward to seeing you soon. Speaking of warm and cozy…….. This is it!   The ultimate in warmth and fashion.

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A Swarm in May is worth a Load of Hay

The bees are swarming …making new hives. We are busy capturing swarms.  Soon it will be time to rob the beehives and taste the new season of honey. The title this month comes from an old rhyme.20160510_082002 (1)

Our sheep are returning to the normal mode after the lambing season. Lambs are learning to be big now that their mothers are gone back to the flock. It is a busy time on the farm. Cleaning barns, mowing fields and planting the garden are added to the normal routine. There is a season for everything.

The chicks we hatched in November are finally grown and have begun laying eggs.  It seems a long time since we have had our own eggs.

The Knit/Spin/Crochet In will be held on May 20, 2017 from 10-3 at the Red Barn Studio on Heelside Farms. We are excited to have you visit the farm, rest awhile and enjoy the company of other fiber minded people. See you then.

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April … a breath of Spring

Spring seems finally here with apple blossoms, violets, lilacs  and lambs.

We are excited that the lambing season is here. It is the busiest season as well.

The April Spin/Knit/Crochet In will be held in the Red Barn Studio on April 15th from 10-3. We look forward to visiting with everyone and seeing your newest projects.

If you learned to spin at Carolina FiberFest and would like to join us you are welcome. Sometimes a refresher is a good thing.lamb 1

In May we will be offering classes in dyeing as well as designing custom batts.  Watch for the new schedule.

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Carolina FiberFest Fiber Extravaganza

Join us this Friday and Saturday at the premier fiber event in North Carolina. We will be immersing ourselves in the total fiber experience for a frolicking good time!  Join us as we showcase our wool from our sheep in booth 16 with a variety of yarns, roving, top, blankets, felting fiber, and custom batts.  It is exciting to join with the fiber community as we all come together to share our passion for fiber creations in many forms. It is a feast for the eyes and a salve for the soul. You are welcome to bring your projects and enjoy the sit and spin area ( knitting, crocheting, tatting, bobbin lace and other fiber creating encouraged as well). Oh Oh Oh…. such bliss!

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Carolina FiberFest will be held this Friday and Saturday at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in the Kerr Scott Building at the Blue Ridge Rd. entrance. Parking is next door. There is a food vendor in the building for convenience.  Fiber demonstrations will be ongoing as we all share our passion for fiber! Check the website for the speakers schedule and classes being offered.  The event is free and open from 10-7 on Friday and 9-6 on Saturday. Plenty of time to immerse yourself in the fun.  Our transition to the new building with plenty of room has been a blast.  See you there!

www.carolinafiberfest.org

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March Fiber Madness ( forget the basketball – oh my)

Heelside Farms has  a feast of fiber for all levels of fiber enthusiasts.  Icelandic, Cormo, Finn, and Border Leicester fiber are represented  in our yarn, roving, felting fiber, and blankets.  Our latest dream fiber has returned from processing.  More gorgeous top and roving from our sheep both dyed and natural colored is available for purchase.

Our next Spin/Knit/Crochet In will be March 18th from 10-3 in the Red Barn Studio on our farm. We look forward to seeing you there!

20161019_112615Carolina FiberFest will burst upon the fiber scene March 24 and 25.  The website has all of the up to date information. Register for classes, check out the skein and garment competition, read about all of the activities happening soon at the Kerr Scott building at the NC State Fairgrounds. www.carolinafiberfest.org.  See you there!

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Spring is here?

Is is February on the calendar but the weather has been very springlike!

Our next Spin/Knit/Crochet In will be Saturday February 18th from 10-3 in the Red Barn Studio at  Heelside Farms. 20170209_071000

Our first Lamb for this year was born last night. His mother, Blue, is a first time mom and is doing a wonderful job. Her ram lamb was born during the night (stormy of course). She put him in a corner hayrack which goes to the floor. He was safe and warm in the hay there and out of the wind. She was standing guard when I came down at 6 to do a lamb check.  They were moved very carefully to a lambing stall for safety. Mother is resting and the lamb is asleep. He is already named Chad!  His father is a Cormo ram named Georgio.  Cormos have very fine wool and calm temperaments.

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New Pics

Catching up on pictures of classes and customer projects.

Her first vest

Her first vest

Hand spun, Hand knit sweater

Hand spun, Hand knit sweater

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