November Fun

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.  20181101_17313920181026_09513820181026_104952

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Saff this week

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. 20181019_181531It 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.

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October Fiber Fun

Reyna Shawl cormo/mohair

Reyna Shawl cormo/mohair

Reyna Shawl

Reyna Shawl

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.

Aphelion Cowl

Aphelion Cowl

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Is It Fall Yet?

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.

Stay safe.

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Honey, Cider and Fiber Oh My!

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. 20180828_16205120180818_12252620180818_10255220180828_124157

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.

 

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Wow! August is Here…….

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.

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Enjoying the Bounty of 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.

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Summer is here……

Summer is here, at least based on the heat and humidity.We already have fans up to keep the air moving for the sheep.  With all of the rain the grass is still growing providing great food for the sheep.  Our lambs are growing beautifully. Their wool is so soft and luscious. Here is a picture of one of the Cormo lambs. I will put up a picture of the Finns later. We have a great grouping of lambs both registered and not registered for sale. Ram lambs and Ewe lambs are growing by leaps and bounds.

Our May Spin In fiberistas had some lovely projects in progress and finished.   Alex is pictured with a beautiful blanket she is knitting. It is a kit from Knitpicks with wonderful colors and a knitting challenge. Kim brought two shawls she finished from the same diagonal shawl pattern. The darker shawl is from commercial yarn and the lighter shawl is hand carded, hand spun and hand knit from Cormo wool and her angora rabbit fiber. Her first completely hand done project. It warms your heart to see all of the fiber fabulous projects people are working on at our Spin Ins.  Congrats to these two.

The next Knit/Spin/Crochet In at the Red Barn Studio here on our Heelside Farms will be June 16th from 10-3. Mark your calendars. 20180519_12150020180519_12135920180519_12132320180502_090702

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May Spin In

May is always a busy month on the farm. We will begin weaning lambs soon.  Checking hives for honey will be on the agenda this month, as well.  You will not know until you open the hives if there is honey for this year.  Our  garden will be in full swing soon. Asparagus is always the first product we enjoy from the garden.  Cooking it with butter and lemon offers a fresh taste but there are plenty of recipes online if you would like more embellishment.   You do not have to have a large garden to enjoy fresh produce at your home. Flower beds, containers and even window boxes are able to provide you with a variety of fresh vegetables.  Shopping at your local farmer’s markets will allow you to meet the farmers who work so hard to produce your vegetables and fruits.

Our May Spin/Knit/Crochet In will be held May 19th from 10-3 in the Red Barn Studio at Heelside Farms. Looking forward to seeing everyone for a relaxing fiberlicious day. Love those sheep!

New fiber visions are on the horizon for Heelside Farms.  Stay tuned for updates in the fiber world.  Our sheep are growing luscious wool even as we speak. They provide a renewable resource of all natural wool for our fiber dreams.  Yum, yum, Fiber Fun!

 

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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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