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Monday, October 5, 2015


Meet "Lourre" (pronounced lore-ay). She is a Shetland-Cormo cross and is sister to our Daisy. (That is NOT our grass; I wish it WAS our grass).

She came to live with us this summer. She is a big girl it's a big luscious fleece! (Photos courtesy of Karen Valley).

Here she is with her mum, and two sisters; Daisy is the white lamb and Lourre the one it's the adorable dark spot on her nose.

And here is herself as a wee lamb. She knows she is important. Photos courtesy of S. Rouse.



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ewe-per Fiber Fair 2015

It is hard to believe that we are having our fifth annual Ewe-per Fiber Fair, but the adage that time flies when you are having fun is apparently true!

Please join us on Saturday July 11th from 10-3 at the Three Lakes Academy on Main Street Curtis in Michigan's beautiful eastern Upper Peninsula!  We are a small fiber fair with a big heart, and the lovely town of Curtis is hopping with activity this time of year.

Local vendors will be selling handspun yarn, woven rugs, handwoven bags and purses, knit items, wool roving, exotic luxury fiber for spinning and felting and other knitting, felting, spinning and weaving supplies.  Artisans and vendors will be on site offering free demonstrations and learning events.  In addition, at 11:00 and 1:00 there will be a Children's project- Wet felting a bar of soap.

Lodging and meals are available in the town of Curtis and surrounding area and there is a playground on site for the kids.

Confirmed Vendors to Date:

Windy Acres Fiber Mill- Wolverine, Michigan
     Offering alpaca yarn, roving, felt, batts and raw suri and huacaya alpaca fiber

Sheltered Shetlands- Bark River, Michigan
     Coated and skirted raw Shetland fleeces, Shetland Roving and 100% Shetland yarn

Homestead Acres- Ionia, Michigan
     Alpaca socks and fleece, fiber related books (she has the best kids selection EVER!)

Ye Olde Rug Weaver- Rapid River, Michigan
     Handwoven rugs, placemats and runners.  Crocheted items for the home. 

Fiber Whims- Houghton, Michigan
     Handwoven scarves and other items; knitting, weaving and spinning supplies; some roving and  yarns at a reduced prices.  Also offering books and felted items.

Studio A- Curtis, Michigan
     Handwoven ethnic bags, sashes, rugs, pillows and costumes.

Spinner's End Farm- Curtis, Michigan
     Homegrown alpaca roving, alpaca yarn spun from our animals, handspun yarn, Shetland roving, hand dyed roving and silk hankies, an assortment of exotic luxury fibers, bamboo knitting needles, Kookaburra wool wash, and  Shepherd's Wool yarn. 

Cedar Lake Farm- Gulliver, Michigan
     Alpaca roving, Jacquard dyes, handspun alpaca yarn, raw suri and huacaya alpaca fiber and llama fiber.

Jan Fergin- Engadine, Michigan
     Hackles for fiber blending

Jane Forslund- Gould City, Michigan
     Triangle looms, scarf looms, hand woven bags, shawls and shawl pins.

Jim Engle- McMillan, Michigan
     Hand turned wooden yarn bowls.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Best Laid Plans......

My good intentions to be a better blogger seem to have "gone to hell in a handbasket", as my Grandmother would have said. Though, really, there hasn't been a whole lot to say.

As you can see above, my work schedule has been rather sucky with many meetings and a few overnights away downstate the past month. The weather has been dismal as well....just when we finally broke fifty degrees last week, we went back down into the 30's and below with some solid precipitation in the form of the S-word. So, had I blogged you would all have suffered more of the driveling discontent you are hearing now. It has all been rather blah lately.

We did work up the enthusiasm to catch and change sheep suits on ten sheep this weekend and harvested the fiber from seven rabbits....with five more to go next weekend. I have a buyer for all of the fiber already; a lovely lady from Maine who spins it all into beautiful yarn. I need to get back to a knitting project to finish because I think I have found another one I want to start! :). I'm not a huge fan of UnFinished Objects (knitting UFO's) so will get my hands working to finish what I started first, which is a lacy red sweater like the cream one I knit for Lila. Below is the Bottom up beginning of a sleeve.

Sam turns 12 next month which is rather startling! Hopefully all the snow will be gone by then.....He actually has "Spring" on his birthday wish list.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Joey Ramone's Cat

I'm not sure how or why I came across this photo originally....

But Joey Ramone's cat sure looked a lot like Spotty Spock!



Friday, March 6, 2015

A Most Significant Day in Wales

Congratulations to John Gray and Dr. Chris on their wedding day! May your cottage be forever sparkly, there be a dog in the bed, may the Ukranian Village be in tip top order, and your beards neatly trimmed.
There is a mighty party in Wales tonight.....hugs from Michigan.
(Photo lifted without permission (but hopefully with forgiveness) from Going Gently)

Sunday, March 1, 2015


I chose to ignore February and look inward apparently looking back at my posts. The weather was snowy, cold and miserable. Enough said about that.

I've been knitting and spinning and dyeing a bit. A sweater and a lovely lacy vest. The sweater went to Lila who admired it as it was knitted up and I've started one for me in a deep red. The sweater looks really mature on Lila which freaked me out a bit! I suppose it had to happen.

March has me hopeful that the weather will eventually turn. A long look off from that carefully tended fire at Yule. We are getting almost ten hours of light now and have had some lovely if not bitter cold days. Sunshine is soul warming.

March is a month of work meeting and likely six overnights away from home which I generally don't like much. This does mean though some knitting will be done in those lonely hotel rooms and some reading. I'm re- reading the Diana Gabaldon Outlander series (to warm one up during the cold months) and have four more books to go. We've been watching the series "Chuck" through Netflix which has been great fun! No expected baby animals this spring which is a bit more relaxing though also dull. :). Will live vicariously through my friends. I've added to the Doc Marten collection which is taking up a dangerous amount of floor space! :)

Chicken stir fry is on the stove. I spent $7 on a whole Amish chicken that we had baked yesterday. Cooked down the carcass and had 1/2 gallon of stock. A quart went into the freezer and the other quart is the base for a savory potato soup for tomorrows dinner. The left over chicken meat went into the stir fry for tonight....three meals from a $7 chicken! :). Makes me feel quite thrifty.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Two Left.....

Two purebred French Angora bunnies left to give away....they are twelve weeks old.

Fawn buck on the left and a Red eyed white buck on the right. Lovely wee buns!



Sunday, January 4, 2015


Today is the last day of winter break for the kids.....and Manistique Area Schools and many others is declaring tomorrow a snow day already. Duncan is hoping Three Lakes goes the same route. Yes, that means we are getting more of the white stuff and the wind has been howling.

I was supposed to take delivery on these today:

But they couldn't get here because of the weather! Eleven French Angora bunnies- two adults and nine 10 week old kits. I'm planning to keep a few and find homes for the rest....I've found homes for at least four already. I spent the past couple of days cleaning out the empty hutches and rearranging a few so they are ready to go. There are a few English Angoras out there that need haircuts but we are in for a week of weather where predicted the high temp is 12 degrees; too cold for haircuts. They will have to wait until the weather warms up into the twenties anyway. The new bunnies will be here sometime this week.

I had hopes of changing sheep coats this weekend but it didn't quite happen. I did get out to visit with the oops/July lambs for awhile and took some pictures. Most of them are of the sheep in your face variety, but the shy ones had a few good pics.

Rosebank is the lovely Emsket (blue-grey) ewe lamb born to Deja. Her brother Daftmill (remember we named them after single malt Scotch!) is quite friendly, though, a little, well...daft. I've been calling him Daft Wullie and it seems to fit! (Daft Wullie is a Nac Mac Feegle; if you don't know who the Nac Mac Feegle are, you need to find out straightaway!).

Rosebank WANTS me to pet can see it in her face.

"Bring out the cookies, then we'll talk!"


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Happy Winter Solstice!

Happy Winter Solstice!

We spent the entire daylight portion of today in the big city of Marquette finishing up our shopping for the holidays. Made it home just in time to light the Yule log before it the longest night officially began.

Whilst in Marquette, Lila celebrated her fourteenth birthday a couple of days early and added a couple of holes to her head. She looks pleased eh? One on each side. She already needs her hair trimmed so we'll have to do that during holiday vacation. Saturday evening we watched the Manistique High School Drama club perform "Alice in Wonderland". They did a fine job of it. Lila has joined middle school drama and they start meeting when school is back in session.

Since we haven't been home all weekend, nothing was wrapped, or made. I'm trying to figure out which projects I can ditch instead of trying to cram in more than is possible to do. No sense getting too crazy. :)

A wonderful surprise to us recently was that our dear friend Rachel Mills wrote and read a story about how our families met and of our Christmas Eve tradition that we've been observing these past 12 or so years. If you are so inclined, give it a listen! Rachel is a wonderful writer and has a lovely speaking voice. She perfectly captured each of our kids personalities in her story.


Friday, December 19, 2014

Tourtière Season

Tis the season for special main courses. Yesterday my favorite workgroup met and we shared a meal together in celebration of the winter solstice. I made Tourtière, Kristie made her famous AuGratin potatoes, Keith brought a delicious broccoli coleslaw, and Craig a crisp green salad.

Tourtière is a traditional French Canadian meat pie primarily made of herbed and spiced ground pork. The delightful recipe that I used is from Canadian Living ( and the addition of celery and mushrooms is genius. I will be making this recipe again for a gathering of the Ewe-per Spinners and Weavers tomorrow.

At the end of our workgroup meeting we had a hand made holiday beverage exchange; I made Kahlua and Celtic Creme, Keith brought three types of his mead, and Craig four varieties of his home brew including a Scotch Ale! We will break into them soon in celebration of the Solstice, Lila's Birthday, Yule, Christmas Vacation, the turning of the mew year, etc... Oh Joy!