October was a busy month. The first week I attended Level 2 of Master Spinning Program - this level focuses on blending of wool with silk, llama, alpaca and mohair. Also color blending same or different fibres. All skeins must be 2 ply and balanced. There is a year to complete the assignments.
I spent the rest of October outdoors, getting ready for winter. I put up hundreds of feet of snow fence to shelter the yard from wind and to help the snow collect on the pastures.
There was lots of vegetables to bring in: potatoes, carrots, beets and tomatoes. I made Tomato Sauce, Green Tomato Relish, Swiss Chard Relish and am hoping to get Green Tomato Mincemeat prepared before the tomatoes ripen!
One job I had put off doing was covering the sheep's hay and straw bales. There was a long range forecast for snow and rain, so I went out and got the tarp coverings on. I was almost finished the job when I fell off the ladder. My tib and fib are both broken on my left leg! As I laid there, waiting to be found, I was so thankful that my arms and hands were spared. I will be able to knit and crochet for the three months I'll be off my feet. I may be able to spin later, when the leg isn't elevated.
I am so grateful that my husband has offered to take care of all my animals. I've decided that the work must be kept as simple as possible so I've eliminated the winter breeding program. The plan was somewhat complicated : 3 rams, a group of ewes to be penned with each ram, and a separate pen for the spring ewe lambs.
So, plans have changed. There will be no breeding season and no lambs in the spring. The good news is that there will be lots of very lovely wool by March or April and the ewes will appreciate that they are not heavy with lamb when they are shorn!
P.S. I now have a laptop, I'm unable to go upstairs to my computer. Hopefully someone will find my camera in the wool room and I 'll be able to take photos of my knitting projects.