Off we went on an adventure to Vermont and New York, to a place Jenna calls VerYork - it's right on the border. Jenna is a young woman who is living her dream. She owns (and works hard) on a farm called: Cold Antler Farm. To help supplement her income and support the farm she gives workshops ... on all sorts of farmy things - raising chickens, making beer, mountain music and spinning wool.
Our group was learning how to go from "sheep to shawl" - with some music and food.
We mostly used the drop spindle for hand spinning (or spindling) but we also got to try out Kate's spinning wheel. This is the "other" Mary getting a spinning lesson.
The raw wool, right off the sheep needs to be gently washed and dried and carded - we did it all.
And then we spindled. I've been at this for a little while now and definitely think I'm getting better. In fact, I'm starting to think I might actually make yarn someday!
The whole day was fun, relaxed and different from anything I've ever done. I'm pretty sure my sheep experiences will remain with a fence ... with me on one side and Maude on the other. But the whole "sheep to shawl" thing is fascinating. I'm going to keep on spinning.