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Blueball Mountain Spindle & Needleworks, the Yarn and Fiber Shop in Historic Downtown Elizabethtown KY, has become the focus of the activities of All One Farms. The Farm, itself is still where the Sheep are raised, Gardens are kept and large dyeing and processing takes place. We continue to live simply, still seek to be self sustaining and remain conscious of our role in the universe. Every day is an adventure and it doesn't always take me where I plan. Come journey with me and share my experiences as I continue evolving my dream. Email me at luna.headhearthands@gmail.com.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Fiber Friday

A little touch of fibery goodness for the day.  This is a two ply yarn that was gone before I could name it.  I spun up a pile of carded clouds that I had on hand with two batts I got from Therese of JumpSheep with the Paula carder.  I wanted it fat and fluffy (I'm feeling kinda fat and fluffy these days).  And I wanted a lot of it.  I spun two worsted spindlefulls on my Schacht in exagerrated thick and thin then plied it with itself on my Green Girl Country Spinner.  It was a lovely nicely balanced 85 yards weighing roughly 7 oz.  I say was, cuz , it's gone.  I gave it away in the Dirty Santa on New Year's Day. Sweet Teresa (of Etown Knitters) got it.  The big smile on her face was cool.  So whatcha gonna make outta it? T? 

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Personal Branding in the Slow Lane


I love the snow coming down.  I woke this morning before 7 to it's soft first flutterings and I have been watching it ever since.  How grateful I am to be here, to be able to take the time to watch the snow come down.

The Sheepie Girls huddle together in their shelter.  They don't need much.  No big barn and million dollar facilities.  They need the air flowing around them.  As I do.  I stand out on the porch in my jammies, feeling the cold air on my skin and marvel at the beauty of it all.  And I am at peace here in my simple house with it's worn furniture and peely paint.


I am reminded that I want nothing more than to live here and wash my dishes by hand in a sink that is too small with no counters then go sit at my spinning wheel or blend some fibers that I dyed the day before. Or not.

I've been reading a lot about the 'new'  marketing and  'growing' a business in the age of the internet and social media. Personal branding is the thing right now.  Underlying it though, I sense the same hectic selling and self promotion that I knew 23 years ago when I worked in NYC as a Sales Promotion Manager for a huge textile company.  I left there when my son Will was born knowing that I wanted a different way of life. It took awhile, but here it is.  And I know that I don't want to go back to that same sense of pushing and shoving to come out on top of the heap.  My personal brand is that I like taking it slow and easy.  I don't want to push.  I don't want to shout out.  I prefer to invite you in to my world, to share a bit of it with me.  Laugh and tell stories. Make things together. Enjoy the moment here...while also keeping an eye toward the rest of the world.  There is a lot of good going on out there, too.  So much creativity and innovation.

So that's my personal brand. I make things and sell things and teach things, too. There is a lot going on but it will come out to the surface slowly. My passions are quiet.  You might even have to dig it out of me a bit. Or look around a bit on your own.  Or ask me a question. It probably won't get me to the top of the heap and I'll miss some stuff that is moving by quickly, but that's ok.  There's plenty to go around. Meanwhile, I'll be watching the snow today.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Is it REALLY 2010? Well then Happy New Decade! the Universe is Reborn!

2010! The end of a decade and the start of a new one seems full of promise. 

Three years ago, my life took a radical change when I leaped into Sheep Keeping and Creation of my Own Life and Business here at All One Farms. I had only the vaguest idea about what that Business would look like, but I knew that it would be based in Cooperative Independence and Self Sustaining Practices and in the nurturing of my Creativity. Throughout 2008, despite some external 'distractions'  (the Evil Divorce Proscess), I persevered and though I ended 2008 nearly penniless I moved forward with the encouragement and support of friends and loved ones.  My resolution for  2009 was to get the Fiber Business off the ground and, indeed, I feel that I accomplished that goal. The year ended with great feedback and sales, and great opportunities for continuing to grow.  More details on all the great things coming up soon.  For now it is a time to set some broad goals and make resolutions/visualizations for the year and decade ahead.

So the broad goal this year is to grow this business by being more productive, carrying through on my creative process, and publicizing what I do more boldly and frequently.  So here are three big announcements:

Big Announcement Number One: I am now the proud owner of this:
In the last week of December I purchased this 7 Drum Cottage Industry Carder originally made by Patrick Green for his wife Paula Simmons.  I believe that this was the prototype for a few others he made after that.  I only know of 2 others in existence.  I am the third owner of this wonerful machine and it has been kept in pristine condition by Therese Cruz of JumpSheep Studio. This beauty is designed to prepare 'high quality long fiber wool for production spinning'.  It can card Ten Pounds of Wool or more per hour into lovely roving which can be wound into balls or rolled into bumps. Check Therese's blog for pictures of what can come out of this baby.  I am so excited to get my new toy set up and running.  As soon as the cottage floor finish is dry, it will be going in and be ready to process the lovely wools I have been collecting.

The etching on the bar says: Paula's Rover No. 1.

This is a view of the inside with one side panel removed.  Some serious mechanics going on in there! Five major drums include the giant Swift, the Doffer, The Fancy, The Worker and the Stripper plus the upper and lower Nippers.

Big Announcement Number Two:  The Cottage will be come the Wool Processing cottage with the Paula's Rover and my Fancy Kitty Bench picker.  I will have space to organize the various wools by color and type and stage of production.  I will also have space for my favorite perch, my cream colored down sofa and one or two spinning wheels for me and guests to work on.  I plan to have mini workshops here as well.  I do not intend at this point to do processing for others on any large scale although I am thinking that I can make the carder available for processing in a limited way.  That part is still in development.  The hope is to find a Cottage Industry Spinner to accompany the Rover.  I know it is is out there.  Here Spinny spinner...come to mama!

Big Announcement Number Three:  I have been fortuitous to find a tiny shop in downtown Elizabethtown that is affordable and beautifully located.  Although, until 5 weeks ago, I had not planned to open a brick and mortor shop off the farm, the universal forces are moving me there and I am accepting the challenge and the opportunity that has presented itself.  It feels perfectly in line with the work that will be coming out of the Cottage Workshop with the Paula Rover.  In addition to my own handspun and hand felts, I hope to carry the yarns, fibers and creations of other local and regional fiber artists.  This will not be a traditional 'yarn store' but a Studio/Gallery/Shop/Learning place.  This is also in development. My hope is to support the community aspects of Fiber Arts including Spinning, Felting, Knitting, Crochet and related handwork.  Share your ideas with me.  I would love to hear them.

So doesn't this feel like a very auspicious year?  Like the completion of one phase and the beginning of something new? Join me on my journey into the adventure that is ahead.

Stay tuned for upcoming posts on The New Town Shop and The New Website and The New Product Line!


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