Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I don't typically do ths but.....

it was orange and I couldn't help myself!
With all the roving I have the last thing I need is more.  I got this off ebay from the Copper Moose.  Its Alpaca Corriedale Top call Tangerine, I almost have one full bobbin.  God Bless Dustin

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Layered Batts

Here is the last of the Shetland wool I have for now.  I done it in blue and white layered batts.  Luckily I still have tons of Alpaca I can card and some llama as well.  I think I will put some glitz in the black Alpaca, either blue or purple glitz. God Bless Dustin

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bunnies and Batts

I finally got around to taking pics of a couple of the new babies in my colored Giant projects.  I currently have 3 bucks left out of my oldest litter.  They were the biggest in the litter and all have good type the choc otter being my favorite so far.  The little black buck I may be selling for a wooler if he does not pick up some weight soon and catch up with his brothers.  Right now he is 6lbs and the 2 chocs are 6lbs 4oz.

I have been busy carding some Shetland wool as well and blending it with Angora.  I have finally made up my mind about what breed of sheep I want.  I am going with Shetlands because I like the range of colors, it blends well with Angora, and I can easily card it myself on the drum carder.  They are also a Primitive breed so are hardy and I wont have to worry about docking tails.  I am sure I will end up with one or two that are not Shetlands but Shetlands will make up the most of the spinners flock.  I have had a couple fleeces from one flock and will be going to visit another flock that my parents found at the North American soon and will be picking up a fleece to see how it works up.  Anyways here are the batts I have dyed carded and blended with Angora.  I still have some white and blue wool to do something with as well.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Bailey Approves

Saturday morning mom and I went up to one of the churches for a craft bazaar.  I recently found out one of my Dads cousins wife weaves rugs out of fabric and would be there.  I have a love for things hand made so had to go find me one.  

Not long after we got back with it Bailey took right up with it doing what she does best.

As soon as she comes in the house she is out of it!  God Bless Dustin

Thursday, November 11, 2010

New Etsy Store

After lots and lots of thought I have opened a new etsy store with my roving and yarns in it.  I plan later to add hand spun yarns, some pure Angora.  Feel free to check it out! dustyjay23.etsy.com  Hopefully soon I will be posting pics of my latest litters in my colored Giant projects. God Bless Dustin

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Socks Part 1

As some of you may know I have made my first attempt at knitting socks. Socks are the one thing I have wanted to knit since I stated knitting but have been afraid to do it.  My first plan was to be able to spin my own sock yarn and knit my own socks.  After some pushing from my friend Joyce I finally stated on a pair.
I know its nothing to brag about but its a start in my ever so slow knitting.  I am using some of the IAGARB sock yarn I got from Joyce as well.  Its very soft yarn and is blooming nicely so far.  I will keep you posted as I make more progress but it will be slow going.  God Bless Dustin

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Black Giants

Tonight I took a couple pics of some of my Black Giant project to share with everyone so you can see how far I am in the process.  So far I am getting some nice type and wool but I would still like to work on darker color and of course bigger rabbits.  They have come a long way since I first started though my latest buck I do believe will make weight and then some by time he is Sr, my does usually do as well. 

This is Dusty's Yang.  She was clipped this evening and has a very nice amount of oh so soft wool with a 4 inch staple. 
Dusty's Chunky Monkey.  Growing her 2nd coat with tons of crimp and impressive texture and density.  Under this wool she is a tank!  I am in love with how solid her body is.

This is Dusty's Theopolis.  Theopolis is who the book of Acts in Bible was wrote which is where he gets his name.  Growing his second coat and there is tons of it coming in!  He should make a very nice her sire, I have currently got him bred to 2 does even though he is still quite young.  God Bless Dustin