Turning Wool Into Yarn!
Here is the newest vlog! A simple introduction to turning wool into yarn using only some dish soap, dog brushes, and a homemade drop spindle. If you never were sure how that curly wool off a sheep's back turns into yarn, this is a basic (but complete) story of wool cut off a sheep's back turned into actual yarn in minutes. Thanks for watching it, and please do subscribe to the Youtube Channel!
Now, in a few weeks (November 22nd!) we will be doing everything you see in the video, but on a larger scale. Instead of watching jump cuts you'll actually be with me in the sheep pasture, learning to flip and take wool from a sheep with minimum stress or fuss. Then we'll wash, dry, and turn wool into yarn with both drop spindles and a spinning wheel. It's a wonderful day-long workshop held right here at the farm, inside by the wood stove. An annual favorite and there are only five spots left. To make it even more enticing, I would happily make this workshop (or the Wheel of the Year workshop in December) buy one get one. So sign up for either of these workshops and come to another regular one-day workshop within the next calendar year for FREE. Join in with this local community of farmers, friends, and family and go home knowing a little more and supporting the One Woman Farm!
November 22nd 2014
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Join me at the farm this November for a comfy workshop inside by the wood stove. We will talk about all things sheep, wool, and spinning! The workshop will begin outside with the sheep and go over the basics of what Living with Sheep is like and what to expect along that journey. Then a sheep will have some wool sheared off and brought inside to begin the wonderful story of yarn! The wool we cut will be washed, dried by the fire, carded by hand, and spun with a drop spindle. Watch and help turn the hair off the back of an animal become a clean, warm, and beautiful piece of hand spun yarn.
Bring your knitting projects and share your own work with wool with other workshoppers. Try a spinning wheel out. Sit and listen to stories of my own flock, lessons learned (good and bad) and what having sheep in your life can mean and be to you! This is a workshop both for fiber fans who love the art of knitting as well as people considering adding a trio of sheep to the backyard.
I hope that Patty Wesner will join in with us as well, talking about her experiences with her first ever flock of sheep she raised as feeder lambs. She will be harvesting their fleeces, but as sheepskins for the farmhouse and not wool. Another approach, and one that comes with some amazing lamb masala in the end! So join us here in the farmhouse to get a broad introduction to sheep and wool production at home.
December 6th 2014
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This is a new event here at Cold Antler Farm, one I never thought to offer until my last two books came out. This is a workshop talking about farming within the traditions and mythology around the Wheel of the Year. The Wheel of the Year is a general term for the pre-Christian practices of agricultural Europe. In my case: the Celtic Tradition. Since it is so close to the Solstice and the farm will be lit with bayberry candles, fresh fir branches, and a small tree inside the window we’ll start at Yule and talk about each of the eight festivals of the Wheel and how the farm life dances along with them, in music, story, and myth!
This will be a workshop taking much on farming and faith, finding meaning in mythology and ancient traditions and why I chose this path. I hope that folks interested in the Wheel will come and share their stories. There will also be open discussions on spirituality and farming in general, the importance of feeling connected to your land, and how spiritual groups and communities in general are a part of life here in Washington County. So it’s a little deeper, a little more introspective. But if your faith and your farm are connected you may be interested in joining this discussion.