Earlier this week I was able to take some time from my full-time job and go on a trip with Nido to visit Tammy at Wing and a Prayer Farm. When we pulled up the drive we were greeted by her three dogs (they were very excited to have company!). Then Tammy welcomed us into her home where she had already prepared lunch for us, it was so delicious! I even was able to enjoy it the next couple of days because she sent us home with leftovers (so sweet!). After eating and chatting for a bit she let us help her with some indigo dyeing/overdyeing that she had prepared. She had a few skeins of her yarn already mordanted and a few skeins that had already been dyed with cochineal. This was my first time dyeing with indigo, and it was pure magic. I had read about the way that the color develops from oxidation, but it was a whole other thing to see it happen! Some very beautiful jewel toned skeins emerged from the vat. We hung them to dry out on the porch, so pretty.
Next we headed out to meet all of the sheep, goats, alpacas, donkeys, horses, chickens and more! They were all so friendly and curious! The sheep and angora goats especially loved some neck scratches. I even got to meet the sheep Mocha who made some of the roving that I brought home with me! I have no pictures of her to share though because they all came out quite blurry, she was always on the move.
I would love to return and spend more time with the animals, even lend a hand. This trip has me wishing for my own fiber farm more than ever!