Friday, December 2, 2011

Only 2 spots left in 2nd wool workshop!

UPDATE! A second workshop just like this will be February 25th! Sign up, three spots already taken! We won't have Joesephs wool, but I will source some raw local wool to use. And I have a lot of alpaca we could work with as well! Come up for a comforting weekend in Washington County!I have an idea for a workshop I think some of you are going to love. If you're anything like me, you love the farm stories, and the pictures, but what you really crave, what you can't wait to the comfort. I would like to do a January workshop here at the farm. It is going to be a fundraiser for the chimney (which is 1/3 paid off but yet to be installed!), and here is my plan:

I am going to host a wool workshop. We'll all learn how to skirt, wash, dry, card, and spin wool with drop spindles. Then, after we have learned the basics of creating yarn out of sheep, we will sit down and learn to knit in the living room. With the wood stove blazing, baking us warm bread and apple fritters, we'll spend a winter afternoon talking about our farms, animals, farm dreams, and fears. It will be an interactive knitting circle, a catered affair of farm foods and three meals. The full day is about learning to make fabric, sure, but it is also about community, and new friends, and sitting by a wood stove in a warm farmhouse with a border collie in your lap. Learn a skill, see the farm, share in the conversation. It'll be the last weekend in January, and the farm will be covered in snow. Meet the sheep, help with chores, and wear a comfy sweater. It'll be great.

Everyone who comes will leave with a large bag of Joseph's raw dark wool. You will take it home and wash and spin it yourselves. You need nothing but a plastic storage bin and dish soap. You'll also leave with a drop spindle. Ideally, you will leave with the raw materials this farm can offer to help you create an extremely homemade wool hat from a sheep you will have fed hay that same day.

You need no experience whatsoever to come to this workshop with animals, or knitting. Come knowing nothing about wool and leave knitting your first scarf. No animals will be slaughtered and no sweats will be broken. This is a low-key, but highly inspirational day to hang at Cold Antler and smell that bread rising as you knit a row and the snow falls.

Email me if you're interested, Folks who have come to previous workshops and I know, are welcome to board here at the farm for an extra fee. Wake up to snow crows from Fancy the rooster!

Photo of Joseph (your future hat) by Tim Bronson


Blogger fyrmnsflam said...

Sounds fabulous! I wish I lived closer.

December 2, 2011 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger J.D. said...

Oh I wish things were different and I could attend this event! It sounds idealic.

December 2, 2011 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Hi Jenna,
I emailed you about signing up for this workshop.Looks great!

December 2, 2011 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Lyssa said...

That sounds like so much fun! I wish I could attend, but won't be able to get away from my work and chores here.

December 2, 2011 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Brenda, I tried replying and it was blocked? I will try from another address?

December 2, 2011 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger Misty said...

I thought you'd already had your chimney installed?

December 2, 2011 at 10:10 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Hi Jenna,
I completed the transaction through your donation button. Really looking forward to the workshop on Feb. 25th.

December 2, 2011 at 10:37 PM  
Blogger gipsiwriter said...

It sounds like an amazing experience. If only I lived ANYWHERE nearer! I will be there in spirit!

December 4, 2011 at 5:56 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Thank you Brenda!

December 4, 2011 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Robyn said...

That sounds wonderful! Wish I lived close enough to make it work, as it sounds like the perfect day.

December 4, 2011 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger Karen Smith said...

Gee, Jenna, I already spin and knit and I *still* wish I could come! If only I wasn't so far away.... One of these days, it will happen, though. Can't wait to meet you when it does!

December 6, 2011 at 1:19 PM  

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