Buck Grunting with Mark & Kerry

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and view this video. Mark is in the process of teaching me how to use each of the calls in our shop. I don’t think I have enough air in my lungs for all of this! It amazes me that you can make sounds that will bring a deer into shot range with just a couple of quick blows through a call. This is truly a skill that takes time to acquire! I can make almost any call make noise but to produce a realistic sound that doesn’t make the deer turn and run is going to take some time. Thankfully Mark is a patient teacher.

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The Sweet Talker

I’m learning how to call in a bull elk using The Sweet Talker. Mark is a very patient teacher as I play around with the sounds that come out of this call. The Sweet Talker is a closed reed, bite and blow cow elk call that produces the high-pitched calls of a cow elk in estrous. Perfect for your next elk hunt. Mark has also made some really beautiful one of a kind calls out of a dyed stabilized piece of birch. These new calls sound great and are BEAUTIFUL! but there are only three available from this piece of wood.

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Image of Elk courtesy of: Photo by cmonphotography from Pexels

January 2019 Spinning Box “Pura Vida”

Come along with the Valley Spinners as we check out Pura Vida and the colors of Costa Rica from thespinningbox.com. Next month is Holi – Festival of Color. If you would like your own spinning box go to thespinningbox.com to get yours!

 

Designer Roving

“Unique” roving created by spinners for spinners.

My wonderful spinning group “Spinning in the Shenandoah Valley Virginia” graciously agreed to help design their dream spinning fiber. Each one had an idea of the colors and blend that they wanted to create and we had a blast looking at fiber and imagining what the final product would look like.  I so look forward to designing more roving with these wonderful spinners.

I loved their inspiration. Carlene, Day Dream, had a vision of the sky and clouds moving; Kay, Jungle Frog had a picture and created her fiber using those colors; Linda, Damselfly, had a picture in her head too and then found the Damselfly that was the perfect name for her fiber and Nancy , Apple Blossom, had a vision in her head of the colors of the apple trees in the area when they bud out in the spring.

I too have been designing fiber for projects and am excited to be offering these in our shop. Most of my creations have been created for the The Spinning Box, a monthly box of fiber put together by Mary Egbert. You can get yours at

I want to be able to create “Unique” and one of a kind projects and this is really a fun way to experiment with colors and textures, fibers and blends, and different spinning methods to get the perfect yarn for a project. Au Natural was designed to get my feet wet in spinning flax. The roving is Black Welsh, Natural Flax and Tussah Silk. The roving is a gray/black and the yarn translates to a brown/black/gray which would make a gorgeous sweater. The flax will offer some structure, the wool a little spring and the silk some softness.

All of the Designer Roving will be available in our shop and larger quantities can be special ordered.

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Au Natural
Black Welsh, Flax, Tussah

March Spinning Box from thespinningbox.com

March 2018 Spinning Box “Artist Choice”

Come along as I explore my March Spinning Box from spinningbox.com. I love the excitement of my box arriving in the mail. Often I will sit it up and look at it imagining all the colors and fiber combinations that are waiting for me just under that tape!

Mary Egbert has done a great job over the years to bring together some of the best fiber artists from around the world to offer their unique fiber to the Spinning Box. Each box is an adventure and I’ve learned to spin many new fibers that I would not have tried except that they came to me in my box and packaged in a way that I was not intimidated by them. I spun my first hemp from the spinning box! The artist had blended it with wool so I wasn’t stressed….I know how to spin wool! Sometimes the color combinations light a fire under me! It makes me want to jump up and spin.

If you’ve never gotten a box from thespinningbox.com – click the link below and get yours next month!!!  FIESTA:

Spinning Box

Happy Spinning from Kerry

ps….look for some of my fiber next month!

Remodel

Our home was built in 1870. It has withstood floods, hurricanes, snow storms and tornadoes but as an older home it is prone to certain problems. Most problematic recently has been our plaster ceilings. Over the years one or another has fallen in on us so when the ceiling in my wool room started to sag we decided to remodel prior to catastrophe. Can you imagine and attic full of debris, dirt and insulation mixed with wool and yarn?

This has not been an easy time for our business as I’ve had to put everything from two rooms into one room that is half the size. Our contractor did a great job at keeping the mess at a minimum but I also decided to have the downstairs repainted so we’ve been so limited in what we could do and where we could be but alas our adventure is almost complete!

The demo is completed and the remodel has begun! Next week paint!!!! This has been a trying experience but we are nearing the end and the beginning will be great. We’re moving the fiber room and creating a space just for all the children who come in and out of our home – 8 grandchildren and all their friends.

Soon we’ll have pictures of the completed project and I can’t wait because once done we are debuting a new product!!! Designer roving!!!

Yin Yang from spinningbox.com

January 2018 Yin Yang From Spinningbox.com

Come along as I rebox my spinning box from spinningbox.com. This month’s theme was Yin Yang and my box was full of beautiful fibers that I can’t wait to spin. If you like what you see head on over to spinningbox.com to get yours. Next month’s theme is Artist’s Choice and I can’t wait!!!