Monday, August 30, 2010

fiber farm day

We got to spend another lovely day at the farm where we do our fiber CSA once a month. The last time we were there, the kids were carding the wool that they helped shear earlier in the spring. Now it was time to dye our wool. Miss Lisa had already spun a bunch ahead of time so the kids could jump right in with the dying fun.
After some initial color craziness, the kids could no longer stand to be in the kitchen when the whole farm and all of the critters beckoned, so off they went while the mamas continued with the mad scientist work with the dyes.
We hung the yard out in the sunshine to dry and soaked up a perfectly beautiful day.
Miss Lisa was dutifully telling us which size needles would work best to knit up something sweet with this batch of yarn, and I had to blush and admit that I don't know how to knit. I thought that was our next lesson!? She smiled and graciously offered to get us started with spinning and knitting next time.
It's such a sweet balance to our long days of crabbing and rocking on the waves to go tromp in animal poop and smell the livestock. A farm by the sea with a long dock leading to a strong boat would be ideal.

8 comments:

Nicole said...

How fun! Looks like a fabulous experience for kids and adults both.

Bethany said...

The yarn is beautiful! What a wonderful way to spend a day. It's so important to learn where our garments, linens, etc. originate and I personally love the process.

Moment to Moment said...

the yarn looks beautiful! Have not heard of a fiber CSA before, what a lovely idea!!
:) Christina

mb said...

"A farm by the sea with a long dock leading to a strong boat would be ideal." that says it all!!! i feel the exact same way.

Jennifer said...

Ok, where the heck is that?!? Oh, all I need is another place to dispense my earnings, but I love it!

XO

Joy said...

What a cool place! I want to go there! The yarn looks gorgeous. :)

Susan said...

I remember taking our daughters to Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts and watching the women dye and spin yarn. They were mesmerized by the whole technique. Thank you for bringing back memories. Susan xoxo

boatbaby said...

Jennifer - here is the link to the farm
http://www.feederbrook.com/

It's north of Baltimore near the PA border. A bit of a haul for us, but so worth it.

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