Lambs Have Arrived at Alder Cottage

Lambs Have Arrived at Alder Cottage

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!

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6 Comments

  1. Beautiful video play both look big and strong that new to u great experience to fostering twin lambs. U know it hard but great experience well done Sandra. Xxx

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    • Thanks, Naomi. You know how hard it can be, but how rewarding, too. Lots of luck with all your lambs this spring!

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  2. please put me on your mailing list for workshops. I love your work and your site.!Karen

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    • Thanks Karen, and I definitely will be in touch when I have another workshop. Right now I hope to have one on dyeing during the summer and a beginner’s spinning workshop in October. Hope to meet you in the near future.
      Sandra

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    • Hi again, Karen, I am holding another beginners spinning and natural dyeing workshop 28/29 October. You can read the details on my workshop page. Please let me know asap if you can attend, as I can only take 5 people. Hope to see you soon.

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  3. Hello Sandra, Thanks for the lovely words on the Shiels wheel,you have a very nice wheel there, I think the foot board is on up side down ,you just need to turn it around and over. Johnny

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