Thursday, July 30, 2009

Michigan Fiber Festival

Wow, only two more weekends before the Michigan Fiber Festival. Last year at this time I was having real withdrawal pains since that was the first year I didn't have a booth at the festival. I am so proud of what the Michigan fiber enthusiasts have created with this event and to think I was one of the original 9. It is almost like watching a child grow up.

Again this year, the farm shop will be open each day the week before festival weekend - open August 10 through the 14th. The shop will be closed for the weekend - 15th and 16th so I can attend. If you haven't been to the farm shop before, we are 7 miles southwest of Allegan. Here are maps and written directions if you need them. Hope to see many of you at the festival and/or here at the farm.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Barb's Hand Dye on Marr Haven Lilac Heather

I am still having fun over dyeing our heather colors. The two colorways shown here are dyed with Jacquard on our Lilac Heather. The first shown I call Black & Browns, pretty descriptive name - you think.

The second one, MacIntosh Apple has the Lilac color included in the colorway. If you are familiar with all the Michigan orchards, you know Mac apples have a unique color change during their ripening.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A New Hand Dyed Yarn from Our Customer

This is a new color from Christine Kern of hippy pippy called "king kandy".

It is dyed on Marr Haven Light Grey. She has this colorway and more available now on her website.

Monday, July 13, 2009

More Hand Dyed Yarn from Our Customers

Amy Foret of Cajun Fiber Company shared a photo of her colorway "Mystery" on 3 of our yarns. She dyed them with Jacquard Dyes, left to right is Natural, Light Grey and Light Heather.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

New Hand Dyed Yarn

Still wonderful weather temps for me and I am taking advantage of it. Got to play with the dyes again.

This is Rainbow, would there be a better name for it???

Next is Semi Solid Magenta, deep, rich colors. There are a couple of Cranberry skeins or 3 Raspberry skeins that would work great with this new one if someone wanted a full sweater or larger project.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Wonderful Weather for Felting

I am quick to complain about the weather I don't like so I must take this opportunity to rave about our recent weather pattern. There has been a slight breeze nearly every day the past week, some clouds but enough sun to keep it comfortably warm - around 70 degrees - perfect for me. The photo above shows how I spent some of my day, felting soap.

Don't laugh if you haven't tried these, the gently scrub feels good to my skin and the felt really makes lots of bubbles, even on these oatmeal soap bars. The lovely hydrangea pot is from my good friend Karen.