Thursday, April 10, 2008

Visiting Lialiane's Farm

On Sunday (last) Tom and I went to visit Liliane Grant at her farm in Dallas, Ga.
Liliane is the very lovely and generous owner of Llamas of Atlanta. She not only raises the most beautiful Llamas on her farm, but Babydoll Sheep and Great Pyrenees dogs as well. The farm is just so lovely...although it is quite "out in the country"! There is a gorgeous stream running through and it's just one of the most peaceful places I have been in a long, long time.

Liliane was so gracious and generous on our visit. She gave me...yes "GAVE"...4 large trash bags full of Babydoll fleece-both white and brown. She also has promised me the Llama's shearings as well once they are done!!! I am in total shock still...can you imagine??? Free Llama and wool?? I am so grateful! Her animals are so beautiful too...well, just take a look at those babies!! Are they not all just too adorable?

Tom and I had a great time! I'm going to take Shannen with me next time and I have some friends who want to go too!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

I've Become Habetrot!!!

I am so addicted to spinning I feel like the old girl herself! Hopefully I'm not as ugly as she was supposed to be, but I could spin all day and night like she did! It's so funny, but several years ago, before I ever thought I would want to spin or learn to spin, I illustrated the story Habetrot for a children's book of Celtic Faery Tales. Little did I know....
To illustrate how bad I am about spinning-Last night I woke up and went to my studio to spin because I realized I had the makings of some Lindsey Woolsey!!! I spun up a length of it and I am so pleased with it. I had a whole bag of flax and wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, but now I know. It appears to be a very strong thread and I will most likely ply it with itself for some summer weight yarn. I spun the sample with Corriedale. I'll post pics of all of this later on.

Today Tom and and I went to Lilian Grant's farm. It's soooooooo beautiful there! She raises sheep and Llamas and Great Pyrenees pups. She gave me 4 garbage bags full of sheep wool and said that if I want the Llama wool I can have it too (once they are sheared)!!!!! I am in awe of her generosity! She says she throws the stuff out...I say don't waste it-give it to me!!!! The sheep I'm totally in love with!! They're Babydoll Sheep and they are so sweet-they will let you pet them and they're not shy at all! I want two!!!! Tom took lots of pics so I will post those later as well. My mind is reeling with spinning ideas for all this free wool!!! Hoping to get it processed somewhere then get the roving back for spinning!