We've joined the Upper Canada Fibreshed, and we're thrilled to be meeting like-minded producers who care about ethical fibre and sustainable husbandry. We are also big fans of The Wool Study, led by Nicole Klenk (also of the Upper Canada Fibreshed). It seems that there is more interest in natural fibres (and all the reasons to use them) and so more people are reaching out to learn about and experiment with yarns and rovings. It seems, too, that there is increased interest in spinning and weaving, which is the backbone of the natural fibre movement. We are grateful every time we go to an event and people seek us out with questions about what we do and why it matters.
We had other amazing things happen on the farm. We re-homed a horse from The Equestrian Association for the Disabled - Mikey. After a bit of an adjustment for him and for the sheep and alpacas (what is that thing?? from both camps) he's become a comforting, reliable presence in the field. He and Dixie, the LGD, spent most summer nights together in the paddock.
Our swan pair hatched a cygnet this fall. Both the female and the male sit on the nest, and both have turned out to be wonderful, protective parents. It's been exciting to she him/her grow!
All of this is to say that we've been busy and so the blog has suffered. But we have some wonderful yarns and cheerful animals to show for our hectic schedule. We appreciate it every time you check back.