So far, spring has been a busy time here at Alder Cottage. Hyacinth delivered twin lambs on 15th March, but unfortunately she didn’t survive. We miss her very much, but she gave us two beautiful babies, Angel and Zack. This being my first experience of bottle rearing lambs, I have learned quite a lot but have not slept a lot. The two are thriving and growing and are a joy just to watch playing in the garden. Hopefully they will have some lamb company soon, as Rose and Daisy are due shortly. They have adjusted to having loads of dogs around and are ignored by all of them with the exception of Winnie. The border collie in her comes out at the sight of them and makes her try to herd them.
The spinning studio is their favorite place to explore and have a nap. It must be all the fleece smells there that attracts them.
I’m getting very little spinning and dyeing done, but have some solar dyed locks finished. These were dyed with commercial dye..blue and red…but a pale red was the result. Not quite what I expected. I am finding that natural dyes seem to do best with solar dyeing. Does anyone out there have experience with this and could give me some hints?
I have managed to start work on a new yarn using sari silk and mohair. It’s slow going, but once I have finished spinning a skein, will post information and photos later.
Well, I must get back outdoors and watch more of Angel and Zack’s antics!