Baabaara's Handspun
FINALLY!!! and shearing day!

Oh my goodness, apologies a thousand fold for lack of presence here.  Personal/family crisis and obligations have kept me away for the first 6 months or so since my last post in Nov. 2012.............and then, I could not get onto the blog to post.  OK, I am back.
What has been going on fiber-wise for me this past year????
I have been playing with new aspects of dying, using marigolds,  different mushrooms, lichens, and (again) more koolaid. Decreasing the number of venues I work overall while trying to use the energy I have to vend at profitable and educational events. Lambing was earlier in 2013 with lambs in mid Feb to early March.  Oregon State Fair was a blast again, seeing J. who has blessed my booth with her energy and presence these past 3 years I have been there.  I worked the entire 2 weeks of fair this year, doubling my time there and realize I need assistance to do that many days in a row.  Sent wool to Creekside Fiber Mill (local fiber processor here in OR) and had them (gulp) spin some of my wool into fingering weight yarn for me. First time I have ever had someone else spin for me.  I play with dyeing the yarn, and hope it will be a hit with my customers. Rugs have been keeping me busy, private orders, & playing with whatever Pendleton sends me. 
looking forward to 2014.........bred even earlier this year, lambs due mid-Jan. to late Feb. Kept 2 ram lambs as their lovely moorit color and bloodlines just have to try to remain in the pool.  They go on fb's "sheep for sale" soon.  I just sent off fleece to Columbia Custom Carding (a new fiber processor in OR).  They will do their magic and make me roving from wool and alpaca I have here.  I will have some new Baabaara's Farm blends! 11 sheep in my pasture at present, and 5 alpacas.  It is still cold here, so shearing only the sheep to get a good look who is pregnant and who is (probably) not.  I love shearing day, makes me feel so very very wealthy in fresh new lovely smelling fleece.  I hope to have some prize-worthy fleece to enter at the local county fair again this year! 
Enough for now...thanks for hanging in with me.  stay warm and enjoy life....and play with some fiber, it is healthy!

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