April Showers Bring May Flowers and Grass for Sheep

April is already in full swing. We have had plenty of rain to help the grass grow for our beautiful sheep. Lambs are growing so fast. Our last lambs will be born this week. It is a busy time of year.

Our April Knit/Spin/Crochet In will be held at the Red Barn Studio on the farm Saturday the 21st from 10-3.  We look forward to seeing you with your projects. Spring has inspired  me to look at ways to use up left over Yarn. The Cowl Knit-a-Long especially designed for Carolina FiberFest 20180417_10452520180417_104502offered an opportunity to show off your knitting skills with a special pattern designed for CFF. The picture shows my finished cowl with the limited edition pin CFF gave to those who wore their cowl to the event. With the left over yarn I knitted a sheep hat. While knitting the hat I ran out of the cowl yarn so I finished the crown with some handspun yarn that coordinated. Sheep buttons were added to the little crown for a sheepish touch.

The second picture is a pair of socks knitted with left over yarn from other socks. The first sock was knitted in a traditional color pattern. The second was inspired by the Iceberg sock pattern found on the internet that added intarsia knitting to the mix. It was a great thoughtful change in my sock pattern ideas. Something different! What do you do with your left over yarn? A friend knitted a whole sweater with left over yarn. She loves fingering weight and so it all coordinated into a wonderful and colorful sweater.

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March Fiber Fantasia

March is always a fabulous month!  We will have our Spin/Knit/Crochet In at the Red Barn Studio March 17th from 10-3 here on the Farm. We welcome you to visit, bring your project or projects and relax.

The 12th Annual Carolina FiberFest will be held at the Kerr Scott Building at the NC State Fairgrounds on Friday March 23rd and Saturday March 24th, 2018. It will be open from 9-6 each day and admission is free.  Up to date event information is available on the website. www.carolinafiberfest.org.  This year we have a special Knit-A-Long designed just for Carolina FiberFest by a local artist. The pattern is free on the website. When you come to CFF wearing your cowl go by the Information desk and pick up a free limited edition collectible pin honoring your work.  There are also newly designed t-shirts, hats, aprons, collectible pins and other CFF memorabilia available to purchase. There is food on 20180213_084601site. Come and spend the day.

Happy March! This is the handspun and hand woven shawl from the Sheep to Shawl event at the 2017 Carolina FiberFest. It is part of the raffle this year. The grand prize raffle item is a spinning wheel! Wow! Check the website for details.

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Class Change

Jane Bynum’s Spinning off the point class has been postponed. We will reschedule and announce the new time later. She is teaching workshops at Carolina FiberFest March 23 and 24,2018 at the NC State Fairgrounds in the Kerr Scott building. Check the website for information and registration. www.carolinafiberfest.org.

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Lambing!

Pinky surprised us with quadruplets on Sunday. She is a Finn sheep or Finnish Landrace. They are known to have multiple lambs. She has had triplets and quadruplets before. We moved them into a stall which is protected from the weather. They stay in the stall for a few days while mom rests and the lambs learn the ropes of nursing and dealing with the world. It is a big place for the little lambs. Here is a portrait of the family.

You can mark your calendar for February 17th from 10-3 for our Knit/Spin/Crochet In at the Red Barn Studio at Heelside Farms. Come join our community of fiber lovers for a relaxing, inspiring experience. You might get a peek at some lamby pies as well.

On February 24th from 10-1 we are offering Jane Bynum’s class Spinning off the point. Jane offers detailed insight into spinning off the point processes. Check our class page for more insight.

Pinky and her family

Pinky and her family

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Happy New Year

We will bring in the New Year with a dye class on Monday January 15th from 10-2.

Jane Bynum will offer her Spinning off the Point class at the Red Barn Studio on Saturday February 24th from 10-1. Our Class page has more information.

Our January Knit/Spin/ Crochet In will be held January 20th from 10-3 in the Red Barn Studio.  We look forward to seeing your latest projects. See you then.

Our ewes are vying to see who will lamb first. Lambing season begins soon. At this point there are six in the running. We will keep you posted.

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December Charms

Our December Knit/Spin/Crochet In will be held on the 16th from 10-3 in the Red Barn Studio at Heelside Farms. It will offer the opportunity to relax and fiber on during a special time of year. We look forward to seeing you and seeing your fiber projects.

December has so many wonderful memories and we are looking forward to adding even more memories. We wish everyone a wonderful peaceful Christmas. For our friends who share other religious holidays we send our best greetings. Peaceful and joyous greetings can be applied to all of our religions.

Here are two of our girls checking everything out!zombomeme02122017162428

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A Thanksgiving Gift

We had a wonderful Small Business Saturday with customers from Lee county and Cumberland county.  It was a wonderful day.

Our turkey hen has been setting all month. This morning a head popped out and Ricky took a picture. She will be a proud mama. It will be interesting to see how many babies she has.  We can see in this picture that there are two little heads. Hard to see that on the phone picture.

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  The holiday season is upon us now with plenty of opportunities to share our love with everyone.

The next Spin/Knit/Crochet In will be December 16th from 10-3 in the Red Barn Studio. Join in the fibery, relaxing fun as you share your newest projects with everyone.

Proud Mama Turkey

Proud Mama Turkey

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Small Business Saturday

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow on Small Business Saturday! We encourage everyone to shop locally and support your community wherever you are.

The Red Barn Studio will be open from 10-4 tomorrow, November 25. There will be a 10% discount on our yarns and fiber products.  Now is the time to invest in a warm woolly blanket. See you there!

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Thanksgiving

We are reminded daily of our many blessings at Heelside Farms. It is easy to get caught up in the crazy pace of today’s world and forget to wonder at all of God’s gifts to us. Take time today to really look at the trees and life around us all even in the city. God’s work is everywhere.  Enjoy and be grateful of His many blessings. Happy Thanksgiving! IMG_20140227_101552_58304-14-08 363IMG_20140328_162850_430IMG_20140324_182050_426

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Fall Fiber Fun November

Our Knit/Spin/Crochet In will be held at the Red Barn Studio At Heelside Farms on November 18th from 10-3. Celebrating Fiber Fun for Everyone. Bring your projects or begin a new one here.  Join our Fiber community for a relaxing day of conversation, creating, and inspiration. See you soon!Rav_notebook_12a

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