Saturday, August 22, 2015

Fibreshed and random thoughts

Lately I have this thought in my head.  It's not completely formed up yet, but it's getting there.

A video about fibresheds (fibersheds for those in the USA)

A fibreshed is like a water shed or foodshed, but about clothing.  It's the bioregional area around us where we can source the raw materials needed to cloth ourselves.  An amazing thought.

In the video she uses a lot of cotton, which does not grow in my area.  But flax does and it's awesome.  I've been learning a lot about flax through the local flax to linen group.  Warmth from wool, llama and alpaca.  Cool clothing from linen.

I wonder lately why my opinions of hand made clothing is so crewed.  I imagine ugly blocky garments from bulky yarns.  But why?  It doesn't have to be that way.

This idea is about beautiful clothing of classic design, that can be produce by local artisans using local materials.  Like people use to in the past.  Maybe not a whole wardrobe, but a substantial amount of it.

I want people to see that hand made textiles can be luxury as well as artful.  I don't know how to put it yet.

To help make space and fund my sheep's voracious appetite, I've re-opened my etsy store.  This time I want to focus on the more luxurious items.  Fibre, yarn and cloth, all made as much as possible from locally sourced materials.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Terrible me

I know, I'm terrible.  I promised to blog for the Tour de Fleece, but it's almost over and no post.  I almost feel bad about it.

Lots of spinning being done.  Alpaca wool blend, 60% alpaca from my beautiful fibre boy Beau a giant rescue alpaca, and 40% wool from Salt Spring Island.

In other news, for some strange reason, I've decided I'm going to build a yurt.  Still trying to figure out the details, but I set up a separate blog dedicated to my Quest for Yurt Love.  I feel a bit bad starting up yet another blog when the internet is already littered with useless garbles, but maybe it will be useful for future yurt builders.  I'm writing about my research, observations, evaluations, and soon my triumphs and failures.

There is also an ulterior motive to writing the Yurt Blog - I'm a person with a limited budget and a finite number of skills.  I would love to make as much of this as I can myself with as environmentally friendly approach as possible, however, I'm having trouble finding the resources.  Maybe someone out there might stumble on my blog and read about where I'm at.  They might know someone's uncle who has a neighbour who just happens to have an excess of such and such a resource ... or there is a group of enthusiastic group of people who would love to help make giant felt cloths in return for awesome lamb feast.

Who knows, stranger things have happened.

I worry about appealing to crowdfunding so I can buy what I need.  Two reasons why I don't like this - one, just buying the thing doesn't teach me anything new, and two, I don't want to beg for money without giving something back to people - but what?  If I can think of some tokens I can give in thanks, and once I get a better idea of how much the whole thing will cost, then maybe I'll investigate kickstarter.  But until then...

Other things going on here at the farm include saving seeds to return to the seed library, planting out winter veg, getting ready for fibrations fibre fest (which for some reason I've decided to enter as a vendor).

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Back to the present

I've had my computer off most of the last few weeks.  It was great, I got a lot of things done both on the farm and in the 14th Century.  The only down side is the mountain of email waiting for my attention.  400+ emails waiting for me...sigh.  This is going to take a while.

I spent most of my week enjoying cooking in the kitchen.  It's wonderful.  A much slower pace of life - Tortoise work if you will.  You know the story of the Tortoise and the Hare?  Where the two critters have a race, the Hare starts out all fast and zippity, but quickly tires, whereas the Tortoise plods along, slow and stead, and unexpectedly (or expectedly if you've heard the story before) gets to the finish line first.  That is what life is like during our week in 1371.  There is always something to do, but nothing urgent.  Just keep on keeping on, until it's done and it's time to start the next task.

Speaking of Tortoise work, it's time to get back to those emails.

Tour de Fleece is coming up in the next day or two, so expect to see me around here a lot more this month.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Strawberry Moon

Strawberry Moon on Friday the 13th, 2014
Rising over the trees, breaking through the clouds.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

random pictures

A couple of random photos that I took this week.  I really like the shadow and light in the second one, a bandit sitting on tennyson.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Random animal pictures

 On the whole, I've been spending as little time on the internet as possible.  I feel frustrated by it, as it takes time away from doing actual things.  Sure it's great for instruction and information, but it takes too long to find anything anymore.  But anyway, here's some animal photos to let you know what's up on the farm these days.

geese getting nice and fat, ready for dinner
ram yearling wonders if they will try to eat his ear again

chickens dust bathing 

Abby, a Black Welsh Mountain x Southdown

And her wool
It's a real pity about her wool this year, it has a weak place in it about 2/3rds along, so that when you try to work with it, it makes little noils.

Sam, now called Larry, or when he's really in trouble Samwell Larry Spot, what have you gotten into this time?  But most of the time he's adorable and wants to eat green things - like garlic, or kale, or anything that is fenced off.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Sam the Lamb

Newest member of our farm.

He's all tuckered out from his morning at church and coming to his new home.  I don't know why he went to church, but I am told he loved it and was very popular.

Cute little fellow, follows us around everywhere.