Thursday, September 15, 2011

Second Wool Workshop Added

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 mikeyboat said...

you could always have a woodburning workshop. Might even end up with a head start on your own log pile if you included a 'how to chop' session. Just a thought.

September 15, 2011 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Tracy P said...

No Meat and Beer workshop?

September 15, 2011 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Count me in for the second wool workshop. Will there be a "snow date" just in case this winter turns out like last winter (and let's hope it DOESN'T!)

September 15, 2011 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger rocy + indiana said...

Please sign me up for the second wool workshop— I'd love to attend! It sounds like the perfect way to spend a winter day.

September 15, 2011 at 5:00 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Is there anyone reading who does these sort of workshops in Minnesota?

September 15, 2011 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger Victoria Nidetch said...

Joseph has such character for a sheep.

September 15, 2011 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Mully said...

The wool/knitting workshop sounds really interesting. When will you know the dates?

September 15, 2011 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Diane and Rocky, send me an email! i'll sign you up

this feb one is on the 25th!

September 15, 2011 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Jenna, I just emailed you. I want to come so bad but need more info please.

September 15, 2011 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

This sounds like a perfect way to spend a day! Now if only someone here in Nova Scotia would host one! Have fun everone!!

September 15, 2011 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I am confused - meat and beer day and the second wool workshop appear to be on the same day?

September 15, 2011 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

Oh...I wish I could attend....sadly Feb 25th is just too deep into the tax season to take a whole Saturday off from the office :(

Hope everyone has a great time - I am sure it will be fantastic :)

September 16, 2011 at 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the way Joseph looks. He is my favorite of your sheep. Maybe it a fellow 'black sheep' I can just imagine a beautiful brown sweater from his wool. I hope everyone who attends your workshops has a wonderful time!

September 16, 2011 at 11:00 PM  

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