May 11, 2013
The lads from New Zealand arrived bright and early to shear almost 100 alpacas at Spring Farm Fletching the day after the Spring show at Ardingly. Many of the animals to be shorn were prize winning alpacas and their fleeces were stunning.
The shearing ‘crew’ took a wee while to set up, farm helpers and willing volunteers rounded up the alpacas into a waiting area and 2 by 2 they took their their turn to be shorn.
The sorting crew had about 6 mins to skirt the fleece,bag and label it before the next one arrived. So many beautiful fleeces, I would have liked to take about ten of them home! One outstanding suri really caught my attention and it’s on my wish list. Mostly shades of grey with some brown patches here and there. SImply stunning.
If you’ve never spun alpaca before you really don’t know what you’re missing! It requires washing but takes less time than wool. Some people spin it straight from the animal but I feel you trap much dust this way which wont all come out when washed in the skein.
I have many colours in stock and can supply washed or unwashed.
I had to laugh as one of the alpacas is called Mr Tumble which took me back a few years to when I watched the TV show with my grandson!
May 3, 2013
Last years show was one of the wettest on record and was literally a wash out for many of the traders. This year it looks like the sun is paying us visit and I may well need a sunhat & suncream. The East Sussex Guild Weavers,Spinners & Dyers will as usual be demonstrating their skills with members from other local guilds. We will be in a marquee near the alpaca show.
I will be there on Sunday demonstrating needle felting and broomstick crochet.
The show is also open on Bank Holiday Monday.
May 1, 2013
Due to the aweful wet summer we had last year and then the snow at lambing time it has been a really bad time for the sheep farmers in this country. Although I have had a trickle of fleece throughout the winter I underestimated how much fleece I would need to see me through til this years shearing. I have been frantically contacting people to find out if they have fleece and have procurred a little every now & then but really not enough to sustain the business.
This year I plan on buying masses, not all at once, I haven’t the storage for that but if I can get a steady supply throughout the year and have a good stock by autumn there should be no shortage of curls in the shop.
I have learnt to be quite picky about what I want in a fleece and what is a good price, bearing in mind the farmer needs to eat too.
This year there should be Masham, Lincoln Longwool, Wensleydale (both black and white), Wensleydale x’s, Teeswater, Blue Faced Leicester and other breeds that will be suitable for needlefelting.
I have some fabulous Galway in stock that needlefelts easily and is perfect for the inside of any creation. I’ve yet to dye it but it’s a huge fleece so it’s worth a try.
Don’t forget I can dye to your requirements and with so many different fleeces in stock I’m sure I can please most people!
Next week I will be at Spring Farm for shearing day, not that I need to add to my stock of fibre, there are still many colours available to buy, just ask. I can supply it from the animal or washed.
Here’s looking forward to a very woolly 2013!
November 18, 2011
Knitlewes54 has changed it’s name to KnitwitDesignsUK on etsy, same fabulous stock just a new name.
Lots of Christmas cards and cup cosies upcycled from woolly jumpers and handmade hats and mitts for all the family.
KnitwitOriginalsUK for all your spinning and knitting supplies. Blythe doll collectors will find beautiful curly fleece for re-rooting the hair.
November 13, 2011
Learn a new skill and make some fabulous decorations for your home in time for the holidays. The workshop is being held at Spring Farm, North Hall Lane, Fletching, East Sussex, TN22 3SA. From 10.30am til 3.30pm, homemade soup, tea/coffee and biscuits all included in the £50.00 cost. We will use a combination of wool and alpaca in wet felting and needle felting techniques. Christmas angels, baubles, puddings, stars and snowmen. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more or book your place. Book a place for a loved one or treat yourself. There’s nothing quite like homemade! Take a leaf out of Kirsties book and make it yourself! It really is fun!