Category Archives: Fiber crafts

My Goat Sweater

I finished my sweater with the picture of Eddy and Ely on the front! It is very soft and fuzzy, as well as pretty heavy. Of course, it is made from the boys’ mohair, mostly from year two. I plan … Continue reading

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Excited About a Sheep Festival

We’ve got a cool trip planned this summer. Somewhere, I saw an article about the Trailing of the Sheep festival in Idaho in October. It takes place across three towns, one focused on food, one on sheep and dogs, and … Continue reading

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Spinning Marathon

I have made it my goal to convert my many bins of combed mohair into yarn before the end of summer. This is quite time-consuming but satisfying as I see the piles go down and the skeins of fresh yarn … Continue reading

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My First Yarn Rug

I have a new craft for using my abundance of mohair yarn. I have launched myself on rug hooking! I made my very first small rug with the intention of hanging it on the wall instead of stepping on it. … Continue reading

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A New Use for Mohair

My goats recently celebrated their third birthday. I love them dearly, but their hair is gradually becoming less soft and fluffy than it was when they were kids. I have to think carefully before I choose a knitting pattern because … Continue reading

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A Hard Decision

I love creating things, which is why spinning and knitting my goats’ mohair fiber is such a satisfying experience for me. One of my first big projects was to create a complicated sweater out of the white kid mohair that … Continue reading

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Here in Goatland

I sheared the goats last week, on an 80 degree day. They were panting out in the sun, and I figured they’d love to feel the cool breezes again. Of course, the next morning it turned cold and hasn’t really … Continue reading

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New Fiber Room

My husband’s antique printing press wasn’t getting much use, so he sold it to a local college professor to use as a hands-on experience for his graphic design students. Moving it out of the barn and down to the classroom … Continue reading

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Two New Colors of Mohair

At last, I’ve finished dying the goats’ hair for the spring season. I have until October to think about it again. I am still experimenting with colors and techniques, but I do see that I am drawn to color more … Continue reading

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Pink and Violet

It took me about three months, but I finally spent a day cleaning and dying one goats-worth of spring mohair. I did Eddy’s white hair first because I’d bought a few new colors of dye and wanted to make some … Continue reading

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Shearing Day, 2018

It’s that time again, and I hardly slept last night anticipating the challenge of shearing the goats. I planned ahead and got my electric shearing machine repaired last week, then stayed up into the wee hours of the morning watching … Continue reading

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A Couple New Mohair Creations

I’ve been having fun with my goats’ mohair yarn and wanted to share the last two items. The first one is a little cap for my good friend who is suffering from some bad hair days. It was a quick … Continue reading

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Caught Up Carding

Before you can spin beautiful yarns out of raw fiber, you have to card it, meaning you comb all the fibers in one¬†direction and roll it neatly into batts or little “rolags”. For big volumes of carding, I am fortunate … Continue reading

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My Olympic Hoodie Project

Yay, I finished the sweater project that I wanted to start and end during the Olympics! I worked¬†really hard on it, and am quite happy with the final result. It’s all hand sheared-dyed-spun mohair from my goats and so it … Continue reading

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More Knitting Lessons-Learned

I am making a cute little hoodie for my grandson’s third birthday, adorned with construction trucks. (He loves trucks.) I zoomed through the picture portion of the project, eager to see how it would look. In the process, I made … Continue reading

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Ta Da!

I just finished my first mohair sweater, for myself. I was really worried that all that work might be for naught and it wouldn’t fit. I did extend the pattern three inches on the length of the body and sleeves. … Continue reading

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From Scratch – Goats to Sweater

A friend nudged me to get back in the habit of blogging. It is so easy to slip out of one habit and into another and before you know it, you are off on a new quest and forget all … Continue reading

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Snow Comes Again

I am fond of snow this time of the year. (Ask me in March and you’ll hear a different story.) We finally got our first couple inches this week and all the animals are remembering what it’s like and what … Continue reading

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Dyed in the Wool

Technically, angora goats produce mohair, not wool, but I dug in and did the shearing, washing, and dying all in this one labor-intensive week and created some pretty flamboyant piles of colorful fiber. I am quite proud of myself. I … Continue reading

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Carding Ely’s Mohair

This business of processing all that hair that was sheared off my goats has proven to be very time-consuming. I decided to work on Ely’s black/gray hair first, and still haven’t gotten all the locks teased apart. I like to … Continue reading

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