We have closed on our new farm! The moving process is not complete, but it is coming along well. There is a lot to do to get the houses ready and make sure the pastures are ready to house the sheep, after all we don't want any escapes (there is a trouble maker among the cute wooly critters). Half of the bees are moved and they seem to be enjoying they're new home and finding plenty to forage. There is a possibility of one of the hives being robbed, as there were characteristic signs when they were first moved and the last time we went near the hives there was a strong smell of honey. We didn't open everything up, but we will keep an eye on them over the next week and then open them up to give them a late last minute feed and candy boards for winter. Sadly we didn't have a great honey crop, I believe a lot of that had to do with the very wet spring and then very dry summer. However, there seemed to be a very good goldenrod crop this year, so hopefully that has added a lot more stores for winter, since natural nectar and honey is always better for the bees than sugar. Sugar is sometimes necessary for the bees survival on tough foraging years, but we really try to avoid using it unless needed.
Onto my favorite side of the business... My wool! I have officially made my first wholesale yarn order and I am super excited to start dying it up and having it available on the website. This is what I've been working towards for 3 years now and it's finally here! Any of you that know me, know how much I love color and in the past have attempted other ventures involving color, such as cosmetology, makeup artistry, drawing and other things that just didn't quite hit the mark for me. With the fiber, I think I have found my home. My love of natural fibers really began about 6 years ago when I worked for an outdoor company that sold a base layer brand called Icebreaker. I've known wool was special, but I didn't realize how special until they taught us about its properties and why it was so much better than synthetic fibers. They didn't just tell us how much better it was, they let us try it... I was sold. That was the beginning of a fiber snob, haha. After that I started reading about wool and learning about different breeds and that each breed was used for different things based on fineness and durability. I also researched about other fiber animals such as , rabbits (angora), goats (cashmere, angora, mohair), camelids (Alpaca, Llama and Camel), and others (Bison, Yak, and more). You can really get lost in it all, but when you can see, feel and touch the difference, you really can't go wrong. With that I've also started to learn more about plant fibers, such as bamboo, cotton, flax and others. All have a purpose and the histories are truly fascinating.
With all of that said, I'm going to be dyeing my little heart out soon and wanted to give you all a chance to throw out some colors that you would like. So please let me know if you all have any favorite color combinations that you'd like to see me offer.