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Monday, May 18, 2015

Finn Fleece To Woven Pillow

Hey all, I  have been washing all my fleeces over the past month and everyone is done! Its such a great feeling. I thought Id share a short post on the entire process with some photos.
Who you are seeing here is my Finn sheep Rosie. She was a bottle 4-H lamb so she is extremely friendly. Get into your lap friendly! Rosie has a wonderful fleece that needs to be shorn twice a year. All my sheep and goats are fiber animals that need to be shorn twice in a year. So I get double the fleece from my animals! Rosie grows a fantastic Finn fleece with lots of crimp. So it is next to the skin.
Below is the process that one of my fleeces go through once off the sheep.  From Sheep to Woven Pillow in pictures.

Raw newly shorn Finn Fleece
 6 months growth

                                     Gorgeous crimp

Rosie, peek a boo



One months new growth

                                 Washing the fleece

 drying the fleece
                            newly washed

spinning the fleece into yarn

                          sample skein

  Woven Pillow

Friday, May 1, 2015

May Blog Post From Dream Come True Farm

Hi Everyone, Im going to share a quick blog post to tell you all what has been going on at the farm.
First we are thrilled that Spring made an appearance! It was a long winter.

Spring brought with her baby chicks to our farm!! We are thrilled to welcome a number of babies and some pullets. Those of you that know me well know that I love my chickens and their eggs. Our choice of breeds are heirloom or specialty rare breeds. We love the beauty and differences in appearance and personalities that these birds offer us. Not to mention the color assortment of eggs! We expanded our chicken coop to a really big space for our birds. Our eggs are starting to come in by a dozen a day and more expected  to start laying in the fall. We have been lucky enough to now be working with The All American General Store in Seymour here in CT to sell our eggs. So if you are in the area pop into the General Store for some home grown with love chicken eggs! Of all colors

BIG NEWS! we are in the process of adopting two ducks from the Majestic Waterfowl

Next news, shearing is done!! All the critters have their winter coats off so I have been washing and spinning fleeces like crazy. Now Im spinning them and listing them in my etsy shop as I go along. take a peek  I have also been weaving pillow toppers. They too are listed in my Etsy shop.

The Spinners Notebook has taken on a new look again. Lots of new contributors with some awesome new actual fiber samples. A supplement is available to those who already have the book. We will be offering lots of Brown Bag Fiber samples through my etsy shop. Which are brown bags with 2-4 oz of wonderful fiber samples often from our shepherds who contributed the fiber sample in the Spinners Notebook. Also in my Etsy shop.

Garden is in and growing with cool weather crop. Tomatoes are next. Patio plants planted along with a huge pot of lavender. Fairy garden is in.

Looking forward to the Spinning Retreat that Im part of offering at the Yellow Farm in NY. Oh, what a weekend that will be.

Follow me on FB under Pam Blasko for farm updates, specials and news all about the Spinners Notebook. I post daily and would love to friend you. Through my page you can access my etsy and the Spinners Notebook page for all updates ect.  I just posted my tips on setting your handspun yarn. So please stop on by.

I hope your spring is going well and is productive. Ill be back soon to post pics as soon as I can figure out why Im having trouble with blogging!! Its either me or blogger has an issue. Youve got the news from the farm anyway...

Oh, one more thing, the Farm Shop is open now by appointment all most anytime....

Happy Spring Folks!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

We're bahhhhhhhhck!

Where to start? It has been such a busy 2014 that our blog has suffered terribly. Its been a long winter and hard to manage the farm as well. But here we are all the critters from the farm to say we're baaaaahck!
So lets begin by telling you that we survived the winter. WHEW! it was not easy. Plus Mom had hand surgery over the winter which made things really hard. We did our best to help her out.
We have increased our chicken flock and get about 12 eggs a day! Yup, its egg heaven over here. We enjoy watching the chickens, we find them quite entertaining. Occasionally we chase them, but shhhh don't say anything!
We are being shorn this weekend!! Yay, we are so ready. But of course its going to be a cold weekend. We dont worry though because Mom will cover us and give us lots of fresh straw to help us stay warm. So there will be a Finn fleece, 2 Wensleydale fleeces, 1 Teeswater fleece and 4 pygora fleeces. Im sure Mom will share some in her Etsy shop.
So, let us think......Oh yes the Spinners Notebook has been updated with 5 more pages! Its grown nicely with some amazing fiber samples. And we hear that this year there will be a newsletter a few times a year, another update with more supplements and some surprises that we are not allowed to tell you about. And Mom will know because she now has an eye in the sky on us 24/7. A sheep cam watches over us.
We also hear that there in going to be a retreat that Mom Ashly from Ashlyannshands  and Virginia from Yellow Farm are going to offer. You will all be updated on that very soon. Its going to be awesome, lots of great fibery things, farm visits, yoga for spinners and more! Stay tuned.
We are all glad at Dream Come True Farm that Spring is hear and we hope that you all survived the winter months with ease.
And the BIG news for now is that Mom has promised to update our blog on a regular basis again with lots of good fibery stuff, news about us (of course) and share all kinds of goodies with you all.
So take a peek at our pictures to see how good we look and know that we have missed you all!
Love, all of us at Dream Come True Farm



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