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Small Flock Shearing Day April 12

Posted by solacefarmfiber on March 26, 2014 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Solace Farm’s Small Flock Shearing Day

 

A Professional Shearer, Martin Dibble, will be available to shear your small flock of Sheep or Angora Goats at $6 per ewe - $7 per ram or goat animal.

There will also be Demos on Skirting and on Fiber Prep for Processing as well as Felting and Spinning.

We are presently reserving time slots on April 12th. The cost to reserve your time slot is $15 prepaid with the completed form below.

We ask that you keep your animals dry (under cover if weather demands) and withhold feed the morning of the shearing. This makes for a much less stressful experience for your animals. Remember to bring bags to put your fleece in and cash to pay the shearer.

We have a covered holding pen to maintain your fleece dryness. Your animals will be kept separate from other flocks as we will only have one flock at a time in the holding/shearing area. Please bring adequate help to load and unload your animals from your truck/trailer. We ask that you arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time so we can stay on schedule with all the loading and unloading etc...

To reserve your time slot we will need to collect from you $15 payable by check or pay-pal and the following information:

 

Your name___________________

 

Phone________________ Email____________________

Number of Sheep to be sheared _____

When they were last sheared _____

Are they a down or wool breed?

Feel free to call 509-276-7160 or email [email protected] with any questions. We look forward to seeing you and having a day filled with fiber and

friends ;)

Rob & Sandra Willford

www.solacefinnsheep.com

 

 

 

Fingerless Mitten Pattern

Posted by solacefarmfiber on January 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (1)

MARTHA’S FINGERLESS MITTENS

INTRODUCTION

These mittens and scarves are straightforward to make (the basic knit stitch is king here), and the patterns are readily adaptable -- just alter the styles and sizes to suit the wearer. You'll enjoy the pleasure of knitting (and the guilty pleasure of not working) and the satisfaction of donning winter woollies you made yourself.

MATERIALS

• Yarn: 2 skeins (50 grams) sport-weight yarn in desired colors, using about 150 yards

• Needles: 4 standard double-pointed needles in size U.S. 5 (3 3/4 mm). Adjust needle size as necessary to obtain correct gauge.

• Additional materials: 8 inches scrap yarn in contrasting color; tapestry needle

• Gauge: 6 stitches and 8 rows equal 1 inch in stockinette stitch

Get Pattern

 

Fiber Nights Start Again Tonight

Posted by solacefarmfiber on September 16, 2013 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Fiber Nights begin again tonight. We are meeting the first and third Mondays of the month through June from 6 to 8 pm at Ruth McCauley's home .

Tonight bring whatever you are working on or just your wheel/spindle for some quality spinning time as we Plan projects for the coming year.

See you there,

Sandra

 

Fiber Night Tonight: Dying with Kool Aid

Posted by solacefarmfiber on June 18, 2013 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Fiber Night is from 6 to 8 pm at Ruth's house.

Bring a couple of packages of Kool Aid (non sugar added) and a couple of gallon containers along with some yarn/clean fleece/ roving to dye.

I will have some roving available to purchase if you need more than you have:)

-Sandra

Deer Park Fiber Night Changed to Mondays

Posted by solacefarmfiber on March 3, 2013 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This Week is our first Fiber Night at Jeruth Finnsheep Farm:

Thanks Ruth for graciously providing a place to meet!

This week we are still working on our Weaving on a Box project as well as taking some time to just spin on our spindles and wheel:)

Monday March 4, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

First and Third Monday s each month

30722 N. Monroe Rd Deer Park WA 99006 

An open group who gather 2 times a month to learn and share the various fiber arts...Spinning, Weaving, Knitting, Crochetting, Felting etc...

We meet at Jeruth Finnsheep Farm, Ruth McCauley's Farm

Questions? Call Sandra 509-276-7160

Fiber NIght Feb 19th

Posted by solacefarmfiber on February 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Fiber Night tonight at the Deer Park Farmer's Market 6 to 8 pm

We are beginning our weaving projects!!!  

We are doing the weaving on a box project this next couple of weeks...You deed a sturdy box (that will make a good sized bag for you), Scissors, Cotton Crochet thread size 10 or larger, and some wool yarn...handspun if you have it:)

Our Community is World Wide

Posted by solacefarmfiber on February 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I was blessed with this letter this morning and am thankful for the reminder that our small acts touch many lives (read to the end to understand).  What we do daily is like a small drop in a pond that causes ripples to touch the very edge.  Thank you Thomas for the reminder that the world is indeed a small place and we are all God's children.......

HI SANDRA IT'S THOMAS FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA....ALWAYS ENJOY

READING THE MESSAGES FROM SOLACE FARM AND THE COMMUNITY EVENTS IN YOUR

AREA. IT SOUNDS LIKE

YOU LIVE WITH A LOT OF COMMUNITY SPIRITED PEOPLE.

I HAVE BEEN ENJOYING MY SOLACE FARM SPINDLE AND I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE

A STORY WITH

YOU. AFTER PURCHASING MY SPINDLE AND WAITING FOR IT TO ARRIVE I

WATCHED YOU TUBE TUTORIALS ON DROP SPINDLES TO PREPARE MYSELF. I FOUND

ONE VIDEO THAT I SEEMED TO CONNECT WITH BECAUSE OF THE MANNER OF THE

INSTRUCTOR AND HER PRESENTATION. HER NAME

WAS PAM AND SHE HAS A SMALL FIBRE FARM IN CT. AND ALSO A SHOP ON ETSY.

I VISITED HER SHOP ON ETSY AND PURCHASED SOME FLEECE. MY SPINDLE

ARRIVED AND AS YOU KNOW THERE WAS FLEECE AS PART OF THE PACKAGE.

USING MY YOU TUBE KNOWLEDGE AND READING THE BOOKLET THAT ARRIVED WITH

THE SPINDLE I SET TO WORK SPINNING MY BEAUTIFUL WHITE FINN SHEEP

FLEECE....NOT A BAD RESULT BUT PRETTY THICK AND THIN ....WONDERING IF

I COULD KNIT KNIT WITH IT I GOT OUT MY FAVOURITE NEEDLES.... 5MM DPN

MADE FROM MILK PROTEIN

AND I KNIT A VERY SIMPLE SQUARE...I WAS VERY PLEASED WITH MYSELF AND

THE SPINDLE.

MY ETSY PURCHASED FLEECE ARRIVED FROM DREAM COME TRUE FARM IN CT. AND

I SET OUT TO LEARN MY NEW CRAFT. SOME TIME LATER AROUND CHRISTMAS THAT

TERRIBLE TRAGEDY HAPPENED AT SANDOWN SCHOOL IN CT. WHERE 20 CHILDREN

AND 6 ADULTS WERE MASSACRED.

A SHORT TIME AFTER THAT TRAGEDY I RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM PAM BLASKO

WHO WAS CONTACTING FOLKS SHE HAD SOLD FLEECE TO IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO

SEND AN 8" SQUARE TO BE

INCLUDED IN A LOVE AFGHAN SHE HOPED TO GIVE TO HER NEIGHBOUR WHO SADLY

LOST ONE OF HER TWO CHILDREN THAT ATTENDED SANDDOWN SCHOOL....OF

COURSE I WAS ONLY TOO GLAD TO BE A PARTICIPANT IN THE PROJECT. I SAT

DOWN AND TRIED TO THINK WHAT MY CONTRIBUTION WOULD LOOK LIKE WITH MY

VERY LIMITED EXPERIENCE AND MY MIND WENT IMMEDIATELY TO MY FIRST

ATTEMPT WITH FLEECE FROM "SOLACE" FARM .... I GOT OUT THE SQUARE AND

FOUND IT TO BE EXACTLY 8" SQUARE....THERE WERE MORE THAN A FEW TEARS

THAT EVENING AS GAVE THE SQUARE A BATH IN HOT WATER TO SET THE TWIST

AND BLOCK THE SQUARE BEFORE FORWARDING IT TO PAM TO BE INCLUDED IN THE

AFGHAN.....THE EMAIL I RECEIVED WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR YOUR

COMMUNITY GATHERING TO DO NEEDLE FELTING REMINDED ME....COMMUNITY

INVOLVEMENT IS NOT DEFINED BY DISTANCE OR BORDERS BUT BY THE

FELLOWSHIP AND LOVE OF ONE ONE ANOTHER NEAR OR FAR AND YOU AND YOUR

FAMILY AND SOLACE FARM WA: WITH ME BC CANADA; AND PAM BLASKO AND HER

FAMILY AT DREAM COME TRUE FARM CT: AND THE LOSS OF A FRIENDS CHILD WE

ARE ALL APART OF ONE COMMUNITY ALL DRAWN TOGETHER BY A FEW STICKS OF

WOOD AND A HAND FULL OF FLEECE .... PERHAPS WE SHOULD ALL GIVE THIS A

LITTLE MORE THOUGHT IN OUR EVERYDAY LIFE AND DEALINGS....EACH AND

EVERY ONE OF US IS A PART OF THE BROTHERHOOD OF MAN.......I WISH I

COULD THINK OF SOMETHING WISE TO SAY OR A SOLUTION TO PROFFER

BUT......

.....STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY SMILE OFTEN AND HUG YOUR KIDS OFTEN AND SAY

YOUR PRAYERS BEFORE YOU GO SLEEP................ ...T.

Riber Night on Feb 5th

Posted by solacefarmfiber on February 5, 2013 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Fiber Night from 6pm to 8pm at the Deer Park Farmer's Market.

We will be making Needle Felted Dryer Balls soooo bring your roving and I will bring the Felting Needles and Foam. I will also have roving to purchase if you need some:)

See you there;)

Wet Felting/Dye Class Tuesday Nov 13th

Posted by solacefarmfiber on November 7, 2012 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We will be having a Wet Felt Making /Dye Class Combo on Tuesday, November 13th from 6pm to 8pm at Solace Farm. This will take the place of our normal meeting time on the Third Tuesday of the month at the Farmer’s Market. Thanksgiving Week is just a bit to hectic for me to squeeze in a fiber evening that week- so we will meet next week for this class instead.

What to Bring:

1. Wool that is carded into Bats/Prepared into Roving /Spun Yarn – this wool should be a light color but can include grays and creams. A pound of wool is a good quantity to play with.

2. Any Yarns you want to experiment with

3. Gallon Zip Lock Bags

4. Dish Soap (Lemon Scented only Please) Joy or Dawn works best :)

5. Hand Cards if you have some

6. Niddy Noddies to wrap the yarn on once it is dyed

7. A towel to blot your wet wool with

See you there,

Sandra

Fiber Nights Start this Thursday!

Posted by solacefarmfiber on October 2, 2011 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Good News:

My dear friend, Joan Haney, will be hosting Thursday night fiber nights this fall at her home. We will be having fiber night every Thursday evening from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at 4876 Swenson Rd; Deer Park WA 99006. Give Joan a call with questions or for directions…509-276-7160

Joan is an avid spinner (she was my first spinning teacher years ago) and fiber artist. She has graciously offered to host fiber nights while I recover from Surgery this fall. So bring you ideas this Thursday and we will plan out some projects…..We will be starting a beginning knitting project of making Baby Hats for the Chewelah Hospital on our first week so bring a pair of 16” Size three knitting needles and a skein of baby weight (sock Weight) yarn if you have some. There will be some yarn available to play with as well.

See you there:)