Life on our farm raising llamas, Shetland sheep, chickens, a blind Percheron, many cats and our comical Corgi. We sell our fiber as unprocessed, roving or yarn. What eggs we don't sell are part of our egg yolk soap. Visit our web site at http://eolianfarm.com to see more.
Open Farm Day
I hope that everyone who visited our farm on Open Farm Day had as much fun as we all did last Sunday. Although the preparation is always hectic I find it is worth the extra effort when children learn how to weave, spin or learn what transformations fiber goes through to become clothing. Everyone loves to visit with the animals, feed them carrots, touch a nose, scratch a chin or walk with them in the pasture. Next farm event is this coming weekend with the Maine Fiber Arts Tour on Friday through Sunday, August 7,8 & 9. Stay posted for information on visiting fiber artists and activities that will be ongoing through the weekend. From Open Farm Day:
What's the buzz about? This is our first year with our honey bees and I am getting anxious to see the bees after a long, cold and windy winter. The only way I could keep track of them was with a stethoscope and a cool gadget from FLIR which plugs into my iPhone. (A model is also available for Android devices). The stethoscope helped me track their location and a good guess about their activity from the noise volume, but I needed a visual. With the FLIR One I can see where the ball of bees are hanging out and how big the ball is.
Even better, there were a the few warm and sunny days in February when quite a few bees ventured out to clean out their systems and get fresh air. Unless bees are sick they do not defecate in the hive, otherwise they would contaminate their own food.
The Shetland sheep produce a variety of wool types. This is some I am spinning right now, the turquoise is from a Shetland with a single coat and the black with white is a Shetland with a double coat.
The double coated fleece has two layers, an outer layer that is a bit thicker, the white in this case and the inner layer that is a shorter, finer fiber, the black. The outer layer helps to keep the under layer clean and dry.
This yarn will be used to make some socks because the outer layer of fiber on the double coated fleece provides some extra resistance to wear.