Homestead Update – We are Back – Part 2

After a full month of no blogging, there is quite a bit to catch up on…the update continues…with all things fiber-related!

Willow Creek Fiber Mill

Our business, Willow Creek Fiber Mill, which we opened in May of this year, is doing very well.  Mtn Man absolutely loves processing all the different fibers into beautiful roving and yarn for customers.  It is so amazing to be able to go to work and create something beautiful and love every minute of it each day!

In the last couple of weeks we have had several large deliveries of fiber to be processed.  It is fun to see all the different fleece that come through.

We have been able to attend, and will continue to attend, several fiber festivals this fall around the western part of the country, which has been very fun.  We have met a lot of great people, picked up a lot of great fiber, and made some great business connections.

Alpaca Yarn

Alpaca Yarn

Lately, Mtn Man has been running a lot of alpaca and goat mohair through the mill.  So many beautiful skeins of yarn!  It is fun to see each fleece as it becomes the yarn it is going to be…different colors, textures, thicknesses…each is unique.

Angora Goat Yarn

We have a lot of very nice fleece come through, but occasionally there is one that I absolutely fall in love with.  One of those that I loved was called “Sandstorm” and was from a sheep raised at Notlwonk Springs farm in Idaho.  Mtn Man, being the sweet guy that he is, contacted the owner and for our wedding anniversary bought me a fleece from them and then said he would process it however I wanted it.  What a great gift for a fiber-lovin’ gal!

I perused a lot of patterns and decided to make it into a cardigan, using the pattern called Let Go by Joji Locatelli.  So I told him what weight yarn I needed and he made the yarn for me.  He just finished it this week and I ended up with 11 skeins of DK weight yarn.  The skeins are 250 yds each, so when I am done I will have enough for another project as well, or I might sell it.

I am really excited about starting this project.  I made a gauge swatch and hope to start knitting this week.  I love the sandy color of the yarn, and the luster is beautiful.  Photos don’t do it justice.  The photos with the gauge swatch in it are closer in accuracy to the color of the yarn, but the other two photos show its luster better.

Knitting

I have been playing around with the Fibonacci stripe pattern on a couple pair of socks lately.

The first pair is for my friend.  The stripe pattern didn’t show up very clearly because I used a variegated yarn as one of the stripe colors.  But I still feel like they ended up bright and fun!

The second pair started out as a basic Fibonacci stripe pattern on the leg, but since I was making them for Little Miss, and she absolutely loves toe socks, I decided to try my hand at making some toe socks for her.  I took my glove pattern and tweaked it here and there and ended up with some adorable toe socks that Little Miss is crazy about!

I have been working on making the Heel Head Scarf pattern by Carissa Browning using some yarn that came from our farm and was processed in our mill!  This will be the first item I will finish making yarn that is not only from our livestock, but also was processed here at Willow Creek Fiber Mill.  I have made items before from our own wool, but it was handspun yarn.  This yarn was made from wool from our black CVM ewe, named Violet, and white fiber from our English Angora rabbit, Oliver.  We call the yarn “Violiver” after both of them. 🙂

I have one side of the scarf and most of the hood done, I am almost to the other side of the scarf.  It is going to be SO warm and oh-so-soft!  I can’t wait to wear it this winter.  I love the simple cables that go along it.

12 thoughts on “Homestead Update – We are Back – Part 2

  1. Oh my goodness… you are so talented! I just love those socks – especially the toe socks. I will be waiting patiently to see how your cardigan turns out, but I know it will be beautiful. I am so pleased your fiber mill is doing well. Congrats!

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  2. I love looking at your knitting and the fiber you guys are producing. The Sandstorm yarn is just beautiful! I feel like if I stare at it long enough maybe it will jump through the screen into my lap… 😉

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