Foraging in the Forrest

Renewing my interest in natural dyeing, I came across some techniques using lichens and mushrooms that look promising. For one thing, lichens don’t require mordanting the yarn first, eliminating a step in the process. And with patience and the right knowledge lichens can yield many interesting colors, from yellows...

Substituting Colors in Colorwork

You found it – that perfect color work pattern. But the colors shown in the sample garment aren’t exactly your favorites, or the intended recipient likes orange but the original doesn’t have any orange in it. What to do? There’s a lot of debate about color and design, not just in knitting...

Tattoo You Two – SMaSH Beer

One of the most interesting projects The Club decided to do this brew calendar is a SMaSH beer, with participants brewing the same recipe. One of the members developed the recipe and we are all charged with following it. The idea is that the differences will be with water...

CoCo Porter

I like brewing beer, for sure, but I love brewing beer with friends even more. Too many cooks may spoil a stew, but they add something when it comes to beer. When our dear English friend Chris Mear said he would be visiting and bringing his fiancé who makes...

2015: The Year in Fiber

It doesn’t usually occur to me to look back on the year and summarize, but as I was updating my Ravelry project list I started scrolling to see what I’d completed and how that compared with 2014. Given that this was a crazy year (UK travel for training; Rick’s...

Spinning: a new obsession

Some time ago, my mother took up spinning. She researched, practiced, took workshops, and tried to entangle me into her hobby too, by buying lovely hand-crafted spindles and eventually, my own spinning wheel. I tried spinning, off and on, for a couple of years, but it never really got...

Scully Summer SunSessionAle!

This beer was brewed for our annual summer party. It was designed to be easy to brew, and at 4%, easy to drink over a long day. 5 lbs. Marris Otter (UK) 2-row malt 2.5 lbs Organic (CAN) 2-row malt Ideally I would have preferred to use all of...

Adventures in Farming & Crafting: Take 2

Welcome to our new venture, Gage Hill Crafts. Many of you already know us and know what we do: a little sheep farming, brewing great beer, selling yarn at fiber festivals, and sharing tales of our travels. So why the name change from Terrapin Gardens? We’re making some changes...

Fall Update

It’s been a busy fall season here at Terrapin Gardens Farm. After taking most of the summer “off” (due to our decision not to breed last fall) we have been to a slew of fiber shows. The Tunbridge World’s Fair was a great success despite the impact of Hurricane...

Shearing Day 101

Shearing is an exciting and busy event on the farm.  We get to harvest beautiful fiber, and it is an ideal time to check each animal closely and administer health treatments such as vaccines and hoof trimming.  This is an also opportunity to take photos for the breed registry...

Dyeing it for myself

With no lambs on the ground and a serious case of spring fever in the air, yesterday I took off to Boulder Meadow Farm for a dyeing workshop.  Our host, Lisa, very kindly opened her house to a dozen fiber artists.  The day began with instruction from Melissa Johnson...

Spring Shearing 2010

With lambing around the corner, we had our shearer out last weekend.  Spring is the most common time to shear, for several reasons. The sheep are less likely to suffer from overheating in summer, and for pregnant ewes its convenient to shear them before birth to keep the fleece...

2009: A Year In Farming

It’s been far too long since our last post. In the intervening year we’ve gotten our little farming business off the ground. In the spring we fenced a second pasture to give the sheep more room to graze. We sent our first batch of wool to Green Mountain Spinnery...