Fibery Goodness Module One through Seven Yarns

Fibery Goodness Module One through Seven Yarns

 

Here is a little photo gallery of all of the Module yarns from One to Seven in order.  Enjoy.

Mod 1 – Basic Go To Yarn
Mod 2 – Chain yarn

 

 

Module 1 yarn is my Basic Go To Yarn that I spin easily without thinking.

 

Module 2 is a Chain yarn made up of 4 plys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mod 3 – Gimp Spiral yarn
Mod 4 – Beaded Spiral yarn

 

Mod 3 is a Gimp Spiral.  One ply is 50% smaller than the other ply.

 

Mod 4 is a Beaded Spiral.  Beads are fresh water pearls strung on a silk thread.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Module 5 – 4 Variation Spiral
1. Basic Spiral
2. Spiral with extra tension on one ply to make it a stronger spiral
3. Beaded Spiral
4. Super Coil almost core spun extreme spiral

Mod 5 yarn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Module 6 – Basic Go To Yarn revamped

Changes: 2 plys spun even, thinner and tighter. One silk ply with garnet seed pearl beads. Silk ply trapped between two merino plys to correct a previous problem of silk ply loosening off and beads getting caught and broken out of yarn

Mod 6 yarn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Module 7 – Slubby Flame Spiral

One ply tight, even and thin. One ply wild, slubby with huge changes between thick and thin. Fat uneven ply spiraled around tight ply to create a balanced strong and fluffy yarn

Mod 7 yarn

For Sale Page Updates

I have updated the For Sale Page. We are offering 2 Nigerian Dwarf Dairy goat bucklings both from different milk lines and from First Freshened dams. I am impressed with both Dams. Both had very large bags, high and tight. Both trained to the milk stand easily and were milked both by hand and by machine.  Pedigrees for both dam and sire are listed in the animal section of this site.

Also I am offering 2 of my registered Female llamas for sale. Both are of breeding age. The older one has already given birth to one female cria. Both were selected for outstanding fiber, great breeding lines and temperament.  They are currently not bred.

I am selling some of my animals as I have not been well this last 6 weeks and due to 2 separate falls down stairs need to reduce my herd. It is possible that I may have to sell most of my animals but I am starting with these. If you do see one that is not listed for sale that you really are interested in, feel free to ask. I can not more than say no. 🙂 email alba@albaranch.net for more information or comment on this thread. Or visit Alba Ranch’s Face Book Page and communicate with me there.

Snow Days on Alba Ranch

Wow,Wow, Wow!! We got more snow in the last 24 hours that I recall getting even as a child. We have about 20+ inches on the ground. Now mind you, that is on top of the 12 inches that I got last week. Which with all the cold temperatures did NOT melt.

Driveway Area after 20+ inches of snow in 24 hours

I tried to get out with the 4WD Landrover yesterday. I got about 20 feet and was stuck. It left a perfect imprint of the head lights in the snow drift that built up in front of the bumper. Managed to get it reversed and back in its post.

Our Mountain and Pole Barn Site
Landrover in there somewhere??

Then we tried the 4WD Suburban. It took off, up the hill and down the drive the eighth mile to the gate where I had to stop as the gate was closed. I guess that lift kit and huge tires really help with ground clearance since the snow was all the way up the running boards. Got it turned around and back down to the barn. I got into a bit of trouble on the hill as I was trying to turn around and started to slide. Well, being from Michigan originally and always driving cars that were rear wheel drive and most often with bald tires, I seriously know how to slide. Gunning it a bit, I slide in sideways using the slide to get the arse end swung around and wallah, back in front of the barn and did not even hit the Landrover.

We shoveled about 20 inches deep of snow off about 750 sq feet area in front of the barn where the vehicles go and moved them back in place. Then it was time to take my baby out of the barn, my 1985 CJ7, and take her up the hill. I was stunned. She dead ended in the snow at about the same spot as the LandRover. Apparently the Rover and Jeep, can not make it through more than 20 inch of snow. They do NOT have lift kits you see. Oh well.

Alpacas unimpressed by the snow

The Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGD) were out with the alpacas through the storm. Of course they were smarter than the alpacas as they were buried in the BACK of the shelters with the alpacas lying in guard over the door opening. Hey who said dogs were not smart??

Larick, the LGD of the female alpacas

We took 2 border collies out for our usual walk of a quarter mile in the evening. A mother and daughter dog team of Abbey and Cinnamon. Cinnamon decided to go off trail and was literally snorkeling. The snow was OVER her head and she had to tip her nose up and try not to inhale all the snow. Abbey, older and wiser, stayed in the tracks with mom and dad! ha!!

Abbey, much more comfortable INSIDE on the rug
Cinnamon, crashed out on the rug after a hard day of play!

This morning, we took almost the entire pack of border collies out in the snow to play and go for the quarter mile walk as I expect the snow plow guy will show up sometime today. Abbey only made it about as far as the Landrover and Jeep and she was down. It is 3 degrees out and it was just too cold for her puppy paws, so Charlie had to carry her back to the cabin. The rest of the dogs were younger and more foolish and they floundered on with mom. Dad came back a bit behind us and got some good video of them all going under the snow over and over.

Snow Snorkeling Border Collies. Gotta love them!! Everyone is now back in the cabin with a roaring fire in the stove and steaming everything up.

All this snow has made it very interesting to do the chores outside. I have had to shovel out the hay feeders several times for the alpacas to have their hay. We boil gallons of water to unthaw all the water buckets….repeatedly….several times a day. We had to shovel paths everywhere to even find the alpacas and chickens. We were out yesterday morning at 6:30 am shoveling and putting up a tarp for the male alpacas because one went in the shelter and the other stayed outside. They are not exactly friends, so with the tarp, it gives a second space away from the other to be in shelter. The girls have several shelters in their pens so they were fine.  With all these extras needing to be done because of the snow, any fiber work had to be postponed.  I try to do fiber creation on a daily basis of something.  Course, I guess it does depend on how you look at it.  The fiber animals survived through the store to grow more fiber on a another day.  That is Fiber Creation at the most basic, right?

I had to take the long handle broom and knocked off several feet of snow built up on the edge of the barn as it was poised for an avalanche and more than likely would have taken all the eaves off at the barn at the same time. We used the same long handle broom to get the several feet of snow off the Landrover and the Suburban. Charlie was out in the barn sawing up off cuts of wood from the barn build to make dry fire wood for the stove as the rest is buried under several feet of snow that the snow plow guy put up over it last week, then add the new 20 inches of snow on top of that. I think we won’t find that wood until JUNE!!

Going to go have homemade meatloaf, bread pudding and purple mashed potatoes for breakfast. Yes the potatoes were purple naturally so the mashed potatoes are as well. Charlie thinks they are weird!! We had it for dinner last night and I am still NOT out of comfort food mode!!

Fast Five

1st day for farmers market, 1st day for my share of my CSA, getting massage and chiropracted, so sore today. Then I am going to treat myself to a guilty pleasure of a movie. fast cars and hot guys. Fast Five. yeah!

I was on such an adrenaline rush on the way home after the movie, imgaining that I could drive all those fast speeds, drift, avoid the cops, shoot my way out of anything..until I remembered I was in a suburban with a lift, forget how to take the safety off my gun half the time, and am sacred of pain, rolling and crashing…so I drove the speed limit and moved over into the other lane when passing all the cops that had folks stopped on the way home. damm I am boring!

Oh and sitting on Han’s lap while he was driving at ridiculous speeds while kissing me and not looking at the road yet miraculously weaving in and out of traffic…ok so not realistic in any sense…I am just saying!

I am considering rejoining the land of living…..

I can not believe how long it has been since I have blogged. I also can hardly remember what has happened in the last year.

Over the last 2.5 years that I have been back in the USA in Colorado working on trying to do our homestead, there has been an unbelievable amount of snags that have hit. 4 court cases with our supposed builder. 3 directly with him that we won and one that was against us because of him which we lost. We have finally recovered that money which pays us back for the one law suit that we lost that was against our land because of him, and paid us back for the car we never got from him and the other two cases effectively paid for our legal fees to do all this. So we are essentially still in the hole the $30,000 that he stole originally and all the damage to our land.

I wanted to sell the land and move to a different part of Colorado, a different county entirely. OR I wanted to sell and move back to Scotland. I had begun to hate our land, hate Colorado, and hate the HOA and everything around me. Well I don’t want to be like that and have made a decision to stay here, make peace with the land and hopefully the HOA and myself as well.

To that end, we had our HOA meeting yesterday and there are 2 of the 3 board members are new. I had an opportunity to speak with the 2 new ones, as well as listen to them in the meeting and was pleasantly surprised that they seem like reasonable REAL people. I thought everyone that was on the board of a HOA had to be a bit crackers!! 😉 So to that end, we shared our protest site to them and if they like it, we plan on taking the protest info off and maybe being the web master and mistress of the HOA site. at least that was what I was proposing and volunteering hubby and self for. Since that time, I did actually tell hubby about it and he has agreed. Good thing I know my husband’s mind and can make it up for him before he knows about it 😆 I do hope that they like it and that we can host the site and render the protest site obsolete as I do believe that the only way to make an HOA work is for folks to be involved and work together. The new board seems to want to work with the people in the HOA rather than control them, patronize them, and talk down to them. This sincerely warms my heart. I feel that part of my road to recovering from the lost of our original dream is to heal this riff and create a new dream and to that end, I think this website could be a great part of the package. I am actually excited about the prospect of being able to contribute to the HOA in this manner when previously all I thought of them was good target practice with my new gun ❗

We have also decided to completely throw out or old house designs, and dream up new ones that work with the site the way that it is as that was another thing that the builder did. He destroyed our house site, did it his way where he wanted it and even with that only half ass did it so there was a large amount of remedial work to be done. We have had a new excavator in that has been a life saver to our property and has fixed it as best as it can ever be done. So we have come up with a new house design that I just love, as it incorporates solar passive heat design, high thermal mass and can be done by one or two inexperienced folks like hubby and myself. so that is on the board to finish those new drawings which are half done and turn them in for approval with the HOA and than get busy in the spring. The next few years with this building might mean only a blog or two again. haha kidding, going to try to be here more. I have decided to cut back from my one career which is my massage to only one day a week effective the first of September. I am going to give it until the end of the year at the one day a week before deciding if I want to come back more or not. at the moment I am too tired to really be able to decide and after a few weeks of deliberation, have decided that the reason that I can’t decide is that I am NOT supposed to decide right and can’t because I am still too tired. In reality, the only thing that has changed in the last two weeks is that I have had a different mind set. I have however still been at the office at least three days per week. so my partner and I have decided that other than ONE day literally a week, where we trade massages for each other and I do other clients that I will not go to work. I will stop my synergy treatments for the next month and restart in October. I am stuck on a plateau with the treatments anyways, and need a break so that my body can reset and that will stop me going to work two more days a week.

What will I do with this time? I think I may go to the mountains. I have so much work that needs to be done on the ranch before winter with securing pens, finishing the water lines for winter and insulating things, and securing more panels and gates and sorting out all the fleece and getting it ready to send off to the mill and using the bad fleece for insulation and order my new loom and start weaving again….that I can more than fill ONE month. 😯 I am going to go on an herb walk in Guffey at the beginning of September. I have always wanted to get into herbs and such much more and this might be a good introduction for me to get my feet wet and see what I think of it. Also I get to meet a local herbalist that will be conducting the tour. I have started to get into herding with the border collies, another of the things on my list for years and have met numerous people with that. There is supposed to be a herding seminar locally done by Carol Lucero in September that I am looking forward to as well so that I may also learn more and meet more local herding folks. I have just picked up a bunch of sheep with a different type of wool so that will be great to work with and I managed to get my sheep lady to sell me her old merino gals that I buy their fleece from her each year. Now I will just care for them their least 3-4 years here, and raise a few of their daughters for my future fleece growing. I got my first batch of kid mohair yarn back from the mill last month and it is to die for. so I am going to add another one or two angoras as I had always planned on keeping about 3-4 of them. I had 3, but one was recently killed so that only leaves me one old gal and her wether grandson. I have added in some wonderfully new Nubian does for milk and have been playing with making some soft cheeses. That has been a total great time, and now I want to start to progress into more hard cheeses, and maybe some butter and yogurts. I still want to make goat milk soap but still a bit scared of the lye. Have to work through that.

I have recently found out also that the Natural Animal Centre in the UK has started to do their Bach Flower Remedy animal courses in the USA. They held them last year in Boston. I am waiting to hear from them the dates and times and location, to see if I might be able to do the three courses this next year. I also saw that they have been busy writing some more books specifically for animals, dogs and cats, as all their books originally were aimed at horses and ponies. I had ordered the books and am awaiting their arrival. I plan on still finishing my intuitive crystal healing diploma, and doing the animal BFR courses. I want to continue with my therapies but be more herbal, and more animal focuses so that it can be done from the ranch and not require going to town with an office ect. I know that many BFR do phone consults for both animals and people. I am hoping to do some advertising and go that way a bit. It will not grow fast as there will be resistance to this locally, but the adverts are to reach the folks that would be interested that may be a few hours from me, more like Denver and Boulder. There is nothing to say that I can not be a travelling BFR animal person 1 or 2 times per month, with the rest of the time doing things via phone or they come to me.

I stopped in last week to my belly dancing group and confirmed they were still there and the times. I want to go back to that and can probalby start in September as this next week I am in the office all day that day as my partner is on vacation. so belly dancing, sheep and goat herding, herbal work, Bach Flower Remedies for animals, sorting and processing fleece, starting to weave again, crocheting again, felting again, making hard and soft cheeses, and maybe even getting around to making some goat milk soap…along with winterizing the ranch, finishing pens, reinforcing fences, finishing the water lines, insulating, and general ranch work…I think that I can stay busy without being in an office. 😯 In Fact, I am very much looking forward to this all. And to think that I have done all this research and starting of things just in the last two weeks. 😆

January 23, 2007

January 23, 2007 Since hubby transferred 128 entries from my journal over to this blog, I guess that means that I am supposed to use the blog from now on instead of the journal. he says that I can use whichever I want, but isn’t transferring 128 entries just blackmail? 😯 WEll our little aracanas popped out their first egg today. course out of 16 of them, one confirmed rooster, that does mean only ONE is popping out eggs and the other 15 are just sitting about. I didn’t think they were old enough but I guess they are. had to put stormy the goat down this last week, so now down to 11 goats. my first casualty other than Tom the cat that was eaten by something. it was a record 41 outside today as it has hardly been above freezing in weeks and weeks, course don’t breathe easy yet, we have another blizzard coming this weekend I believe. funny how they come on the weekends and never any other time. all moved over to our new offices, did some cleaning in the old one last night, still more to do but not much. touched up the paint bits in my rooms that needed it and now I can finish hanging all my posters and pictures tomorrow. Did another massage today, two more tomorrow, starting to get some bookings with some regular customers. kind of cool you know 😀 so very very sore today, everything hurts on this body. the goats and the 2 LGD got loose from their part of the barn, into the non animal part of the barn on Sunday and I had to wrestle the goats back into their pen as they had discovered the goat grain, and chicken scratch and were not inclined to go back to their pens. Just picutre wrestling a 150 pd doe that doesn’t want to be wrestled through a narrow pathway of junk in the barn that I can barely negotiate myself alone, with both of us cussing and screaming at each other. AND she knocked the wheel barrel over that had all the coal in it, so that was dumped all over inside of the barn too. she was the LAST of all them that I wrestled out, and I wonder if I would have felt better being sat upon by a sumo wrestler? 😯 well off to bed now as tired, well bed as I know it more commonly known as falling asleep in front of the telly.

September 11, 2006

I think that I should be ashamed of myself as it has been even longer this time since I put a journal entry here. I am currently back in the UK as I came back to do my next two levels of my crystal courses and my practiconer course for my NO HANDS Massage. so that is done now and I will be flying back to Aberdeen in the morning and than have a couple more days there and than back to Colorado and than a quick trip down to St. Louis to pick up 10 angora goats and than a mad dash back to Colorado and than the series of chaos that has become my recent life will start again. 😉 we have new additions. 2 cats, one of which has disappeared and we think has been eaten by something bigger than him. 4 more dogs, 3 of which are LGD for outside and they protect the goats, 2 milk goats that we already have along wtih 29 chickens (2 having been eaten already). so life is starting to take off on the ranch. went for a consult with the plastic surgeon in colorado, he is saying definitely will need breast implants as apparently I have lost more weight and there is basically nothing left except loose skin. remove that and well there won’t be anything left. having to get my head around this one as I have made fun of the fakes for my entire life..so not sure on that one. 😯 anyhoo…that is about it as I can’t come up with anything as it is about 1 am and I am tired. so off I go, and if you are good boys and girls, you might get another entry sooner than christmas. 😆 😆