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Keeping Traditions Farm News – May 2014

On May 25, 2014, in News, by tina

Its nearing the end of May and we are finally able to enjoy some nice weather. I have been taking some time out to do fiber dyeing. Working with angora is a little more tricky then wool since it resist water. You may have noticed that when angora gets water on it – it will sit on top for quite some time. What it did here is take the fiber and soak it for quite a while to start.DSC_0004In the meantime I prepare the dye pots which are just old crock pots I picked up at the good will store.

I fill them with cool water and then mix in the dye solution.  Next is to drain the fiber  and then add it to the crock pot.  Stirring carefully so not to felt it, I make sure it can move freely in the pot.DSC_0011After its done simmering I let them cool down before rinsing – carefully.DSC_0006DSC_0007After rinsing, I set out the fiber to dry – which can take quite a while. I like to set it outside on a nice sunny day.

On the fiber animal side the goats and llama are all sheared with their summer cuts. The bunnies are still in the middle of their wool growth cycle and will be due for shearing in the next month. Of course I will be keeping a watch on the weather and if temps get hot and humid I will shear sooner. Angora rabbits must be watched closer when temperatures starting getting in the mid to upper 80’s. Rabbits can take cold much better then heat – this is something to keep in mind if you want to raise a rabbit.

June is going to be a busy month at our farm, we will be moving. After we get settled in to our new farm I will post updates of our rabbits and other farm activities.

The fiber you see above I will be offering for sale after it is dry and ready. You can email me if interested or click on the “Fiber and Gift” button at the top which will take you to my etsy shop. I will have it listed soon.

Thank you for stopping by.