I put an ad on our local buy and sell internet site looking for some items including a pressure canner and covered cast iron Dutch oven. No one seemed to have a Dutch oven for sale, but there was a canner. I have not gone to look at it yet. The seller of the Dutch ovens had a lot of other items reasonably priced enough to entice me to drive to the next local town, Bonnyville, and check it out. I was glad I did. Along with not one but two brand new never used still in the box Dutch ovens, I got this amazing antique drum carder for wool. Since I have wool sheep, once I learn how to use this, I can make bats and roving and from those yarn could be spun, though likely not by me because it takes too long and garments knit or crocheted or woven. I love felted wool and have purchased a book of felted art items. Needle felted animals and fairies appeal to me too, and I would like to try my hand at those. Also, felted outerwear and rugs are serviceable, warm and delightful to the eye. The hardest part is cleaning the wool. I have been in touch with a woman who breeds long wool sheep and she said the only way, other than coating the sheep with sheep garments, is to feed them on the ground. This requires moving the sheep from the pen, spreading the hay out, and then letting them back in. Not this year, but the next, that is what I plant to do to keep the vegetative matter off the sheep's backs. In the meantime, I have a garage full of wool and mohair to play with and a new to me drum carder too. I love to learn these old arts. Maybe that is because I am getting to be ancient too!
Fluffy writes daily about the experiences on the farm and with the bed and breakfast patrons.