Well, we made it. It was a long haul and Ice did great. He was very nervous when we stopped to walk him but he did okay. When we got here we set up the table with the goodies for everyone and put up all our stall signs...
We took time to get checked in ... I will be rock the number 503. Then I took time to talk to the other contestants that were there from Oklahoma and gave them all my number and told them if they needed anything to call me... I even took time to meet up with Michaela.... She is a girl that I met two years ago at Regionals. It was great to see her again ...
After we got dinner we met back at the arena and we rode and raced the horses.... Then it was off to get some much needed sleep Tomorrow we bring it all on ...
Can you believe that tomorrow morning in the hours of dark I will be heading to Louisiana??? Yup, you guessed it ... Regionals here I come ... I spent the day picking up the house and packing. Not just for Mom because she had to work but for the horse too. Just to give you an idea where is a list of things I packed so far.
Not to mention the stuff I need to rope and keep in practice
And then there is Mom and her clothes. Oh and let us not forget the laptop and camera bag and the flip ... The list goes on and on ....
So by the cover of darkness in the wee early hours of Morn .... I will be leaving for the great State of Louisiana ... West Monroe to be exact.... If you live there and are reading this, come by and find us ... I will be the guy in the hot pink shirt from Oklahoma.
And for those of you following the saga of Mom's drop spindle that she bought that should have been bottom whorl that turned out to be top whorl ... Mom emailed the lady again today as the spindle was delivered to her the 25th and finally there is a pending refund for Aug 1 that will make it one month since all that started ... What a mess
On an up note ... Mom has a renewed faith that not all vendors are like this woman as One very nice lady ... offered to have her husband make Mom a Free bottom whorl spindle just because she felt bad for Mom. Of Course Mom told her that she didn't have to and thanked her for her generosity but it made Mom happy to know there are still good hearted people out there.... She says that while others find great people online (like most of you that follow me) Mom says she is the one who would find the one stalker in the bunch and that she should not be online for that reason ... LOL ... Poor Mom ... some time I will have to tell you her other online shopping experiences ... Really her and online shopping are not a good match.
So I adopted a well loved wheel while I was at Fiber Christmas in July this year. Her name is Miss Kitty.
Miss Kitty is great but with any adoption she has had one minor issue ... You see they had tied Leather to the (okay I don't know what it is really called so please bear with me) Arm that attaches the Treadle and the wheel. In Learning but Buckle her in we must have damaged the leather or pulled on it or something because with the very first pedal it broke.
I know it isn't a huge issue as I sent RJ to the well house and he brought me back a bolt and a nut to fix the problem ... Here is our fix ...
However, I really want to keep her looking original if I can. This fix allows me to spin on her and she is a dream to spin on, but it isn't pretty at all. I looked on the internet and can't even find a good picture of an older traditional wheel like this wheel. For one, the pin that holds the wheel in place is located in the center of the wheel. Not the side like Newer - Older wheels... Here is what I mean ...
So the search is on for the answer to two questions ... what year or range of years was Miss Kitty born and how was the shaft originally attached to the wheel... Please if you know either of the answers to these questions let me know so that I can keep her as original as I can...
Today was day two of the Fiber Christmas in July. First, I have to say Hi to all the new readers we have had visit in the last two days. We hope you like what you see and will come back often and join in on the comments and learn more about us and the animals. Second, I had a great time and I can't wait for next year. I already have so many Ideas and colors and oh man, my head is just Swimming. Let me just say that Mom was a very good girl this year. She came home with no purchased fiber of any kind. As a matter of fact besides Miss Kitty this is all Mom brought home and some of it isn't even for her.
Oh wait a minute, doesn't everyone know who Miss Kitty is??? Well, some of you know her as Matt Dillon's Gal off of the show "Gunsmoke" but this is the Miss Kitty I know ... Mom is very proud of her ... She will be the wheel Mom uses when she is at home ... (Yes she is well loved and needs a bit of fine tuning but Mom loves the old look of her and the price was right)
Okay so back to Mom's other purchases ... There are two books that Mom picked up about Natural dying along with some Natural Alum Mordent so that we can learn more about natural dying and play with add some colors to my line of yarns. (Yes the public loved the dyed yarn too) Then she got a new mortal and pestle that I will use for grinding Medications as I broke my set about 6 months ago. The Bee's wax is for Mom to use at work to save the cables on her dog pens by helping make them more water proof. And last but not least, we won a door prize that I plan to share... We won some very nice dyed Wensleydale locks.
There are actually three small bags of Locks. The colors are very dark because they are natural colored locks to start with. They were dyed Blue, Purple and green. The Blue locks I think I will hold on to until I figure out what they will become. The Purple I will be giving to Ms. Karen not just because she took a batt class today but because Purple is her favorite color and I think she can find something to do with them. (Did I mention Ms. Karen is the one Knitting my Hitchhiker out of my yarn for our display??) The Green??? Well??? I was hoping that one of you would like to give it a new home .... That is right I am giving it away. In honor of our second completed fiber booth one lucky winner selected at random will earn the right to call these lovely locks their own... To enter just add a comment letting me know what was the most unusual thing you have ever seen at a fiber festival.
To end I will add the rest of the pictures that I took today ... There are other vendors that didn't get a chance to take photos so I am posting all of mine here for them to use as they need to ... Enjoy
My day started with Libby the cow showing signs of labor. It made us get a late start but it was better safe then sorry. We got to the festival and were set up on time but not as early as we wanted to be. Today we had a great time and I met a lot of cool people ... Here is just a tid bit of what we was... enjoy
So today I spent getting the last tid bits as Mom calls them ready for the Fiber Booth. I had to take down the "wall of yarn" that was in the dinning room and label the last of the dyed Yarn. Then I had to get everything done for Sunny. That means I had to change the cat box and make sure he had food and water. Dad said I had to take care of him or he would turn him out while I was gone. He is to little to be out by himself so I did everything and all Dad has to do is feed him his wet food once a day. Then Mom and I got the laundry done so we would have something to wear. (I don't think they would let us sell at the booth in the buff ... LOL)
With everything undercontrol for the most part I sat down to figure out a thing or two about this Dying yarn Business. First, I had to figure out how I was going to market my "set" of yarn. Do you remember this picture???
Look at the colors in that sun ... I tried to recreate it in this ...
I think we did a really good job of it too. Now I have to figure out if I should sell it as a "set" or singles. Since I don't have time to dye more I only have one of each color. I am thinking I will leave it as a set. It is a first and if it doesn't sell at Kellyville I think I will have Mom list it on Etsy... I tried to find others that made "Sets of Yarn" but had no luck ... Surely I am not the first to think of this, am I?
Anyway, I am off to finish packing the truck as much a possible for tomorrow. I am even taking a dog to it's new home on this trip... Can you believe that Mom is making this trip into work too??? Just kidding Kate, we are happy to do it .... Your new Pup will be there in no time ...
Well, last night we got alot of needed rain. Mom and I dyed some more yarn yesterday and labeled all the other yarn we had already done. Today we didn't do much because Mom came home from work with a headache. I did all the feeding and now heading to bed. Tomorrow we will be loading the truck for the Kellyville.
I didn't think anything about it today when it started raining until Mom got an idea in her head and didn't let it go. Mom started it and now we disagree ... So what are we disagreeing about? Well, she had a bit of fun getting things ready for the booth at Fiber Christmas in July. She saw some stupid thing online and just had to try it as it was billed as Quick and easy dying... Really Guys? For all you professional dyers out there ... Is there really such a thing? Well, kind of. You see it was so quick and easy, that when Mom did one skein of yarn to be a door prize at the Fiber Festival that she got carried away and now I have all of this...
I do have to say my yarn took the color really great. You might not even know that was kool-aide if I didn't tell you. I have seen some kool-aide dyes before and most of the time while they are pretty they are muted. (Not a bad thing) These colors really pop though and are just about like you see in the picture. However, I tried to explain to Mom that I only want to sell raw yarn. She reminded me that I already had one share that included a dyed skein of yarn so I would have to dye some at some point. (I have cheated and recruted Tempted yarns to dye the skeins for the shares) As you can imagine the "disagreeing" went on for sometime. In the end I decided to put it on here and get everyone's opinion. To Dye or Not to Dye ... That is the Question. Mom says I can dye and be true to my heritage by using natural dyes and yet keep it simple by having only a limited number of colores. She says we can just list options of different colors on the etsy shop and only dye skeins when they are ordered. She says we don't have to dye a bunch up all at once. Or she said we could keep like 3 skeins of each color on hand if we wanted.
I have to say I get it ... I really do. To compete with everyone else I need to grow RJ's QTs. To be honest I just want to grow the flock but Mom says that if we can't move the product what is the point of growing the flock to produce more product? Like I said I get it ... I don't have to like it but I get it. I have to be honest here. I haven't move a whole lot of yarn at the Booth and if it doesn't change we won't be returning to Kellyville next year. Mom says that I can't compete with all the huge dyers there. There are so many that have huge booths with many different colors in different weights, that me with my one yarn option, two roving options and one raw fiber isn't really going to catch peoples eye. It is true and I know it but I don't think I like my options. Mom says I need something to bring them into my booth ... something to set me apart from the others. She also said I could use my Cherokee heritage to do just that to Kick it up a notch if I just trusted her.
Dad actually agreed with her and said that we could use the Cherokee language to name my color ways and do a bit of creative labeling too. At this point I decided it was best for me to go out and do some thinking ... and as most of you know, I do my best thinking while Roping ... So I practiced roping in the helmet I have to use at Regionals....
After thinking it over I admit I need to step up my game but even if I did dye some colors, I just don't know that anyone would even take the time to read the labels if I used the Cherokee Language for Colors and Colorways ... Think about it ... Our Signature Feather patterns (that come in the Carrie Clothes Shares) would become "OYLC" Patterns (Cherokee symbols are hard to recreate on a keyboard, Sorry) ... Written in English u-gi-da-tli and pronounced as oo-gee'-dah-tlee.
So what does everyone think?? Mom says it would be fine as we could make the labels a learning tool as well. She says we could be creative and still grow without over doing it. People all over the world could be learning Cherokee in no time ... Really? Educational Yarn? Wouldn't people be asking "What will they think of next"?? And in the end would it make anyone choose my product over any other? I know I have soft mohair yarn but then again most farms/dyers have at least one really soft product in one form or another. Will all this really help me compete in the fiber world?? Please take a minute to let me know what you think on the subject ... especially the share holders. Thanks
Well, today was the day we went home. The actual trip home was no big deal. What we found when we got home was kind of a huge deal. First, Sorghum and Wendy are on the watch list. They are penned up and I will be calling Doc in the morning. Wendy seems to be dry and Sorghum seems to be hungry. I grabbed Sorghum and got about a quarter of a bottle down him. Then we penned Wendy, Hope and Sorghum up and fed them. Hope looks great so does Charlie and Jorden so one of three things could be happening here.
With all that done I think I have any issues that it could be under control but we will see what Doc says in the morning. The next item is this beauty that I found under our house when we got home. It took me a few lessons from Mom and a bit of time to catch him.
After losing Duke for no reason that I could find I told Mom that I didn't want another cat .... EVER .... I told her it just didn't seem to be in the cards for me. Well, I guess God has a different plan. I think if God sent it to me he wants me to have this cat so I named him Sunny and I am keeping him. Mom was calling him sunshine to get him to come out from under the house and that finally worked so I decided he should be called Sunny. He was hissing and spitting the whole time we worked to get him out from under the house. Finally I got him and he kind of clawed me, then Mom got ahold of him and calmed him down. We took him in the Bathroom, gave him a nice kennel to hide in with a nice bed in it, Fed, watered and got him a potty pan. Mom says he will stay there for a week. Until we get back from the Christmas in July Fiber Festival. By then he will be used to us and we will be used to having a kitten around again. I really like the fact that he wants to snuggle and play with me ...
How can anybody dump this face with no where to go?
And the last thing I came home to was a good mail day ... First, I got a card from Heaven's Joy.... She wanted to thank me for her winning the drawing. Well, I didn't let her win the Random.org number picker did that for me, but I loved the note she wrote me and I am very happy to Report that Lot's Twin is now named RJ and she loved all the extras we put in with the yarn. The sheep tape measure is now loved as well. There was one other thing in the mail that I am very proud of.... Take a look at this ...
Mom already put it and the action shot that won me my buckle in frames and she has on the end table.
Tomorrow we will be spending the day getting ready for Kellyville Fiber Festival ... It starts Friday ... and yup I have a booth again this year ... So if you are in the area stop by and check us out ...
Today was great. I slept in and we hung out and just had a quiet day. I know Mom enjoyed the quiet day. She worked on spinning and the swatches for my fiber notebook. I even got to bring my tying dumbie in and I spent time practicing tying before my Regional competition. We ate up all the left overs so that tomorrow we won't have to waste food when we leave tomorrow. Tomorrow on the way home I am going to stop at PFI and get a new rope but then we are heading straight home. We plan on being home by 2pm... and by 3pm I want to be riding Ice!!!