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When you check your weaving the next day and you spy this!! A thread that didn’t catch. You know I am going to go back and fix it. OCD 1; me 0!

Sunday afternoon perch. Feeling coddled when you find a cool slouchy hat pattern to knit and you have the needle and the yarn and you have to rest a while 🐑#cabininthewoods #maketimeforyou #nysfiber #upstatenewyork #yarnfarm #knitlocal #yarnmovement #woolgrowers #ChooseWool #plantdye #botanicaldye #naturalliving #offthebeatentrack #zen #ironwoodhillfarmstudios #winterwonderland

#yearofcolour shows the farm’s true colors!

Wing & A Prayer Farm Breed Specific Fiber from Beloved Flocks 2018 new yarn line-up is so sweet with soft, long-lasting sheep-to-shawl options for fiber artists and local wool lovers. The shop shelves are lined with fresh twists and the Etsy shop update is live. You can find the link in our profile. ** Thelma & Louise is back in the house - those Muppets have been growing some pretty mohair and we combine it with our cutie-pie Cotswolds and a little bit of fine wool to give it structure. This Vintage 2018 blend is the whitest we’ve ever put together. Reminds me of pearls. **Spice Girls is new and gorgeous and color-shifting and upbeat! It’s Merino and Alpaca from our voluptuous fine wools and tall, dark and handsome alpacas in the field. A 2-ply DK, new for our shop, and in the twist you can’t be sure if you saw a hint of grey or was it amber? It’s like watching a fire burn. It is beautiful and soft and strong. **All the Single Ladies makes you wanna knit a shawl and put a ring on it. You’ll love our latest and newest 3-strand Single ply grey 100% Shetland wool yarn made from All The Single Ladies. (Yeah, I hear you singing!) **Princess Grace is divine. You’ll love her! She’s our latest Alpaca/Mohair blend - 50/50 - from beautiful Gracie, the grey alpaca, and some of her friends (Leyla, Wilbur and Fluffhead), and also more mohair contributed by the Muppets. A 3-ply light worsted weight elegant skein with 200 yards of spun silk. **Last, but not least, check out Hey, Sugar!, our Alpacas’ Reya, TB & Jesse and Colored Merinos' Lara, Levi & Lovage’s fiber spun together by Battenkill Spinnery into a gorgeous, chunky 3-ply Aran weight yarn that wants to be taken out on a date. 📸cred. @cranberryhobbit

Amity, what do you think of your new bowl?
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#alpaca #feedme #Amity #farmlife ##outdoorliving #animals #yarnfarm #goofball

Still trying to recover from the epic bug. It's going to be a seed catalog and knitting kind of evening. Love these colors together. Cochineal and marigold.
#knittersofinstagram #plantdyes #naturaldyrs #rambouillet # Maine #yarnfarm #mainefarms

The #sheepsemen we are using came from two different rams http://www.nikaucoopworth.co.nz #nikaucoopworths in New Zealand. Half of the 33 ewes were inseminated with one ram's genetics and the other half, a different ram. The semen straws (see pictures!) are shipped and stored in nitrogen canisters to keep them frozen and preserved properly.
Our farm has relied on AI and this week is the third time over the last few decades that #mountainvewecoopworths has imported semen from New Zealand. We strive to breed the best possible sheep and improving genetics is a big part of that process. .
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#mountainvewecoopworth
#coopworthsheep
#everythingcoopworth
#performancedesignatedsheepbreeding
#americancoopworthregistry
#pasturedsheep
#sheepcoats
#woolonthehoof
#vermontsheep
#vtsheep
#vtfarm
#vermontfarm
#farmsofig
#yarnfarm
#yarnonthehoof
#starterflock
#sheepofvermont
#sheepofnewengland
#vtshepherdess
#vtshepherds
#sheep

Celebrating 🎊 Here she is, in all her silly 😜 glory. My beast, Macomber 6 ft sectional. I need to name this one 🤔 I was intimidated so finally tied on and made a chair pad to practice using her. She looks lonely 😞 this encourages me to make a rug soon or a blanket to make her stretch her arms and be less lonely 😊 I love 💕 the feeling of firsts being behind me with new beginnings awaiting. Happy Saturday makers. #firsts #makersmovement #handmade #choosewool #supportlocal #woolgrowers #yarnfarm #ironwoodhillfarmstudios #weaversgonnaweave #offthebeatentrack

I swatched a square from #katedavies #birlinnblanket a couple weeks back. That little square took two nights of concentrated effort and the pattern calls for 36 squares. It will take me all year!! I think I need to do another swatch and reblock it before I commit to the project - I still can’t decide. The yarn is from my own Shetland flock. The pattern and book is from last year’s #inspiredbyislay club.

To weave a pallett of multi colored naturals, the variations are endless. The more choices the more I can get lost in the quagmire. I am weaving white now but I am so tempted to dye up some folk art colors for the kitchen with it then leave the silver brown and black for naturals in the big room. Practicing with our little 6 Ft Macomber beast loom with a sample chair pad or two then tying on for a rug. Hope to get more done before lambs arrive, oh my! #weaversgonnaweave #heritagewool #usawool #ironwoodhillfarmstudios #finnsheep #rugweaving #makersmovement #yarnmovement #fiberfarm #yarnfarm #yarnforsale

This spinach didn’t meet the high standards for taste at @kukajuice but the sheep were thrilled with it!

Imagine you live on a farm in Vermont in a snow globe...

You’re never fully dressed without your smile!

Birch & Michael inherited their good looks and sweet demeanor from their papa, Peter Pan. Credit where credit is due🐑♥️

#regram from our LAI procedure day in October, 2017. One of the FIRST things a shepherd needs to do, when planning to do AI on a flock is to start by selecting ewes with excellent breed characteristics. We follow #performancedesignation breeding practices. Which means, at our farm, we do selection (and culling) on the basis of performance designation and take into consideration the number of lambs born or weaned, adjusted weaning weight, and fleece weights.
We do continuous recording of the monitored progress thru out the year and we are able to accurately access and decide which ewes would be good AI candidates.
Ideal ewes to select for AI also includes ones that have lambed at least once, successfully reared all lambs born and that have conceived during the first 18 days of previous breeding seasons. . .
#mountainvewecoopworth
#coopworthsheep
#everythingcoopworth
#performancedesignatedsheepbreeding
#americancoopworthregistry
#pasturedsheep
#sheepcoats
#woolonthehoof
#vermontsheep
#vtsheep
#vtfarm
#vermontfarm
#farmsofig
#yarnfarm
#yarnonthehoof
#starterflock
#sheepofvermont
#sheepofnewengland
#vtshepherdess
#vtshepherds
#sheep

In the next few posts, I’m going to #regram from October, 2017 and share the details of the LAI (laparoscopic artificial insemination) procedures that we had done on THIRTY THREE of our best ewes.
During October and November, 2017 Martin and Jan Dally from Super Sires, Ltd. (website: www.toprams.com) traveled across the US, performing #artificialinsemination on many sheep flocks. #mountainvewecoopworths reserved a spot on their busy schedule to bring in new #coopworthram genetics from New Zealand. I’m going to share a lot of information with you from the Super Sire, Ltd website, the procedure paperwork they gave us and tidbits from our personal experience. Feel free to ask any questions you might have below in the comments section (so others can see/learn) or send me a PM. You can also contact Martin and Joy via their website - if you are interested in speaking directly with them.
Lastly, rest assured, that thru-out the entire procedure from hormone therapy to the day we did the AI the care and concern of the sheep was our first priority. 🗣: Jane from @fullam_meadow_farm .
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#artificialinsemination
#mountainvewecoopworth
#coopworthsheep
#everythingcoopworth
#performancedesignatedsheepbreeding
#americancoopworthregistry
#pasturedsheep
#sheepcoats
#woolonthehoof
#vermontsheep
#vtsheep
#vtfarm
#vermontfarm
#farmsofig
#yarnfarm
#yarnonthehoof
#starterflock
#sheepofvermont
#sheepofnewengland
#vtshepherdess
#vtshepherds
#sheep

Look at this gorgeous wool that #coopworthsheep are known for! 😍The fleece, with pointed locks and bright luster, has a well-defined crimp averaging 3.5 crimps per inch and a fiber diameter of 35 to 39 microns. The staple length is 6 to 8 inches. Both white and natural colored sheep are accepted for registration. This results in multiple options for wool within any flock! I coat my sheep and it results in VM (vegetative matter = hay, grass, etc!) free fleeces. I sell these fleeces at various shows in New England. #newhampshiresheepandwool #vermontsheepandwoolfestival and #Rhinebeck #newyorksheepandwool
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#mountainvewecoopworth
#coopworthsheep
#everythingcoopworth
#pasturedsheep
#sheepcoats
#woolonthehoof
#vermontsheep
#vtsheep
#vtfarm
#vermontfarm
#farmsofig
#yarnfarm
#yarnonthehoof
#starterflock
#sheepofvermont
#sheepofnewengland
#vtshepherdess
#vtshepherds
#sheep

#regram Nice to see some green and colors for a change! Here’s a bit about #coopworthsheep and the origin of the breed. Many people are familiar with this wonderful breed, but there are even more folks who don’t know much, if anything about them. Interesting fact: they are the result of breeding #borderleicester and Romney #romney sheep! In New Zealand, shortly after WWII, Professor Ian Coop began to selectively crossbreed #borderleicesterrams with #romneyewes. His purpose was to improve lambing percentages. The resulting crossbred sheep were interbred over several generations. Always, the selection and culling of progeny was based on recorded performance. (More on recorded performance/performance designation later) By 1968, it was determined that the successive generations of the interbred sheep had produced a medium sized, highly prolific, dual purpose, adaptable sheep and it was officially recorded as the Coopworth breed. (Dr Ian Coop = the name #coopworth)
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#mountainvewecoopworth
#coopworthsheep
#everythingcoopworth
#pasturedsheep
#sheepcoats
#woolonthehoof
#vermontsheep
#vtsheep
#vtfarm
#vermontfarm
#farmsofig
#yarnfarm
#yarnonthehoof
#starterflock
#sheepofvermont
#sheepofnewengland

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