The workshop was a hoot... we knew no one else there, but you wouldn't have known that once we got going. We were quickly welcomed in and everyone was chatting along like we'd known one another for ages. There was plenty of incredibly delicious food (including the best damn chili I think I've ever had), and we had a quick tour of the farm and met some of the critters before heading back in to get to work. We walked through the steps to clean and card wool into roving, then moved on to learning how to use a drop spindle to spin the roving into yarn. One of the women even brought a spinning wheel in hopes of figuring out how to use it, and a number of us tried our hands at getting it to work. Those things are a helluva lot more complicated than they look!!! The carding and spinning were quite challenging, but we came home with a pile of raw wool for me to practice with, so we'll see how that goes.
Fibers aside, the company at the workshop was exceptional. It was an interesting mix of people, and we all chatted the afternoon away as we worked on various wool-related things. Jenna (seen above with Jasper) runs the farm and organizes workshops like this. It was great seeing both the matter-of-factness and passion she has for what she does... it's certainly a labor of love, and you can see that indelibly stamped on every surface of the farm. She's built a wonderful home for herself and the animals there. Many of us, like B and I, were suburbanites escaping the city for the day; one of the attendees runs a small business making caramels and brought some to share. The company is called Caramel Eyes, and lemmetellya, the Sea Salt Butter Caramels are THE most amazing thing I've ever tasted. Jaysus. The maple ones were very yummy too, but I'm all about the sea salt ones, m'self. She mentioned they will be selling at a few Whole Foods locations, so if you happen across some, I highly recommend you get yourself some! And get me some too, while you're at it! ;)
|Jenna and Jasper|
|Inside the barn|