Friday, November 30, 2012

Yarn tasting!

Had a very nice evening with the ladies at the yarn tasting last night (I even sort of learned to knit).  My yarns were on display and Whitney made a gorgeous cowl from my Graphite line that I promptly bought.  I'm not very good at keeping my eyes in my bottom line....anyway a great night and the Crooked Stitch is my exclusive distributor so go and see Whitney and start knitting with my lovely yarns!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Mommies are Back!!

After a few months on the dating scene at Kid Hollow Farm, Jasmine, Sassy, Carmine and Annie are back home. Hopefully they were appropriately "receptive" to the masculine moves of OR and Stanley and will bless us with lots of curly, swirly goat kiddies come spring. Stay tuned!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Yarn Tasting

At long last I picked up my processed fiber while I was in Asheville NC last weekend and since coming home I have been going through my yarns, thinking they were pretty soft and cuddly and trying to figure out the best way to showcase then. I knew I really wanted to sell them locally as I've gone to quite a bit of trouble to raise my goats "sustainably" and I processed my fiber at EchoView Fiber Mill in NC because of their environmental practices and policies. Figured it didn't make much sense to do all that and to then ship my yarns all over the country if I could make things work locally. And, I'll admit, since I'm not the craftsy sort myself, I knew the only way I would actually see the truly final product of my (and my goats') work was to sell it locally and have someone knit me something!

SO, to that end, today I met with Whitney at The Crooked Stitch in Rocky Mount and, wonder of wonders, she loves my yarns! Not only does she love them, but she wants me to sell them at her shop and she wants to throw my yarns a party! To which of course, I agreed, because those of you who know me, know I do love a good party.

So, details will follow, but later this month, The Crooked Stitch will be hosting a Yarn Tasting Party to showcase my six lines of yarn. Whitney is in the process of knitting some projects that will be on display so people can pet them and there will be locally produced food as well.

I will be there with photos and information about my farm and my goats. I'm very excited to hear what the knitters out there think of my lines and to eventually, see what fuzzy treasures they make from them.

So mark your calendars! Even if you aren't a knitter, come on out even if you have any interest! I'm sure the folks a The Crooked Stitch are very nice to beginners. I may even have to buy a set of needles myself....

Sunday, October 28, 2012

First Goat Show

Went to our first goat show this past weekend and it was much fun. We did quite well and learned alot about what makes a goats fleece desirable. We also met some nice folks, saw some amazing craftspeople and breathed in ALOT of dust. We also sold our first goats and saw the first real influx of cash. Recieving cash is much better than the alternative I've discovered. All in all a great weekend and I hope we can do it again next year.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Next Up? Travel Lit Picture Book

I've started writing a children's picture book and I am having a ball. It's something I've long wanted to try and a good friend of mine has been trying to get into the "biz" for awhile so is acting as my mentor and editor. I'm on my second draft and have started haunting children's book message boards and will be submitting my manuscript to a critique group when I feel it's good enough for "stranger" consumption. The concept is very embryonic but it will be travel literature for kids 3 - 8 and of course, a goat plays a leading role. I would love to make it a pop up book, but that's far down the road.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Uncle Zeke

Soon to be a character in a picture least a manuscript!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New kids at Maravu Acres

Henry and Ferdinand have arrived.  Will bring some lighter fiber and more baby goat sweetness to our farm.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Baby chicks arrive

25 baby chicks arrived in the mail yesterday.  As many times as I've done it, it's still pretty cool to get a call from the post office at 6 AM telling you to come and get your chirping box.  The little ones will stay in our brooder for eight weeks until they can be moved into the coop with the big girls.  They should be laying by spring.  Taking names now for next years egg recipients....