In 2011, I finally made a commitment to eeking out a living from my fiber art which allows me to stay at home with our 55 animals! Actually, the decision became a necessity and "no brainer" after Walter almost hung himself in the fence when trying to eat a tree on the other side. The grass was literally greener on the other side of the pasture fence during our summer drought. It was just too enticing for a curious goat. Luckily, my husband was doing chores at the time and was able to save Walter!
|Our Walter (Angora goat). Lovely fleece and personality!|
|Who me? |
Pierre (Angora goat). "The baddest man in the whole damn town."
Here they are today at about 11 weeks old. They have about five more weeks of medicated chick starter food and then they can finally leave their confinement and join our other free-ranged chickens.
It's been a busy year for me in the fiber biz. I've been participating in a farmer's market since May, selling online at my Etsy store, and taking on custom hand spinning projects. Right now, I am spinning some very lovely alpaca for a new customer.
As a start, I've created and crocheted plarn! Yes, plarn (plastic yarn) made from plastic bags. I think it is a great way to keep bags from filling up the landfill and decorating trees along the interstate.
|My plarn rug in progress!|
Now, I know you are thinking: Big whoop-di-do! But it takes me three days of planning before I even start weaving. Three days allows for all the "operator errors" to come to the surface. I mean, seriously, math is involved. And, I mean M.A.T.H. And not just addition and division, but calculations!
|The multi-colored warp was not a result of creativity but, alas, all that I had left in my stash!|
|A clean shed...ta da!|
|The beginnings of a simple, plain weave, rag rug!|