I belong to a wonderful group of fiber artists who meet every Thursday. A few weeks ago, we met at Libby's house. Libby lives in a small valley in the Sapphire Mountains. She has no electricity and a long dirt road off the main highway. And she has Cashmere goats, and a loyal livestock guard dog.
About that long dirt road - it includes a suspension bridge and a sign out front. Libby's father built the original bridge, and she rebuilt it with the help of some specialized contractors.
Libby recently built a new barn for her goats. On a gorgeous August day, we sat in the upper loft of the barn to spin, knit, chat.
The view from the big barn window on one side shows Libby's house and out-buildings.
And on the other side, are her goats.
The goats were charming up close, and a few were curious. This goat's kid shows its cashmere undercoat, the light gray, where the black overcoat has not grown out yet.
The goats are mostly white, but Libby is expanding the color range. These are all does and kids. I love the two family groups lying in the top of the photo - one all white, one all black. Libby and her 5 dogs take the whole heard of goats for a walk each evening so they can graze in the fields and frolic.
Here are the bucks with impressive horns.
Back in the barn. Here are my friends Sharon, Margie, and Laura spinning. Photo by Emmy.
Sharon, who learned to knit only a year or two ago, knit this gorgeous sweater from yarn from her own flock of sheep. Emmy is modeling it. I am very proud to say that I taught Sharon how to knit, and she now knits the most beautiful things!
Here I am looking out the window of the barn. Photo by Emmy.
Heading home across the bridge. Can you see the sag of the bridge under the car - the bridge is designed to do that, but it takes a bit of getting used to.
I hope you can see how much I love my spinning group. They have supported and encouraged me as I developed my Indy Dye business. I have learned so much from them, and love being part of such a talented, sharing, and warm group of people.