Getting Ready!

 

Dying yarn in a water bath on stove.

 

It is that time of year!  The hay has been cut once and is stored in the hay loft of our little barn.  Our goats are grazing and growing lots of beautiful fiber.  I am dying yarn like crazy!  Today’s color is honey mustard for some of our lace weight blended mohair!

Spring in November!

It’s true.  This week the weather has been glorious with temperatures reaching into the 70’s. No one is complaining – not Jim or I or our animals!

Oh – we have more animals – 8 alpacas have been added to our flock.

Bacca, Casper, Richard, Sapphron, Daisy, Tansy, Oreo, and Reese – we need to get name tags!  They join Dorito, M&M and Telemark.  Sadly we lost Dazzle a bit ago.  We have LOTS of fiber!

IMG_1578Sadly, our dear, Zeke – the original yellow dog is slowing down greatly.  He still manages to get down to the barn, but often gets confused on the way back.  He is one great dog!

ZekeandAlphHope your fall is as beautiful as ours!

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Great Show – Great Times!

Jim and I had a blast at the beCause Show at St Mike’s on March 14, 2015.  Many thanks to the folks who put it together!  We talked to lots of people and spread the word about Yellow Dog Farm and Grand Isle Art Works, of course!  We made a donation to Champlain Islanders Developing Essential Resources (C.I.D.E.R.).

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beCause Show, Saturday, March 14th

YELLOW DOG FARM will be donating to CIDER, INC.  The very best non-profit group helping keep islanders’ in their homes!

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C.I.D.E.R.’s mission is to develop and foster resources that enable the people of Grand Isle County, Vermont to live in their community with dignity.  C.I.D.E.R. accomplishes this by providing direct services and collaborating with other individuals and groups.  C.I.D.E.R. feels a special responsibility to elders and persons with disabilities.

The values that guide C.I.D.E.R. are to be: Caring, Creative, Client Based, Cost Effective and Community Based.

Check out CIDER at: http://www.cidervt.org/

Last Show of 2014!

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Jim and I had a grand time at the Craft Vermont, 2014 show sponsored by Vermont Hand Crafters. It was held the weekend before thanksgiving at the Sheraton in Burlington. Amazing artists all around – and stupendous customers! Can’t wait ’til next year!

End of Summer…

…and we know what that means!  Getting ready for Sheep and Wool Festivals and Craft Shows! Jim has been making mountains of wood shavings.  I can see 4 brand new completed yarn bowls from where I am sitting.  Gorgeous!  And I have been dying lots of yarn in new colors!  I am loving the Intense Iris! – not sure there will be any left to sell.  Sorry![portfolio_slideshow id=211]

Finger Lakes…Here We Come!

The truck is packed with every possible bit of fiber and wood.  Snacks for the ride and cell phones charged.  I think we are ready to head to Hemlock, NY for the Finger Lakes Fiber festival.  This is a great show nestled in the countryside of New York state!  Love being there.  I am actually looking forward to sitting and spinning all day on Saturday and Sunday!

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Jim has been turning wood non-stop for the last two weeks.  There are several beautiful yarn bowls packed and ready to share!

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Next weekend…Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival in Tunbridge, VT – another great show!  http://vtsheepandwoolfest.com/