Friday, October 18, 2019

Looking Like A Busy Day!

I've had some fun RSVPs for the Rhinebeck Blues party this Saturday! There will be no shortage of entertainment and talent :-D.  And thanks for the good workshop suggestions!

Here is my tentative teaching schedule for the day:

10:00-12:00  SHEPHERDING.  Interested in getting some sheep and just have some basic questions?  Have a small flock and are having trouble getting your hands on them to "shepherd them"?  What do you do after you catch them up?  How to check eye scores, trim feet, give medications...?  Just want to hang out in the barn with a (mostly) well behaved flock of sheep?

12:00-1:00 LUNCH

1:00-2:00  FLEECE JUDGING.  What is a good handspinning fleece?  What is a bad one?  What do you do after your sheep are shorn?  I don't have many fleeces left, so please bring your own if you'd like some feedback.

2:00-3:00  FLEECE WASHING.  We'll actually wash a fleece using two different methods.

3:00-4:00  WOOL PROCESSING.  Drum carding, hand carding, flick carding, combing...  What tools are you interested in giving a try?  Which tools are better in different situations?  Which fiber prep is best for your intended project?

Here is the schedule for the Punkin's Patch "Upper Management":

I packed my schedule with (fun) sheep and wool stuff so Auntie Reg would have to handle all the (not fun) cooking stuff ;-).

Miss B is home on fall break (yay!) so will be running the gift shop if anyone would like to do some shopping.  The farm calendars are ready :-D.

Karen, another Rhinebeck (and Maryland) veteran, is stuffing her car with spinning tools and will be available all afternoon to answer questions and help you with your spinning, knitting and even weaving.

20 will be manning the book table.  These aren't books for sale, just for browsing, but who doesn't enjoy sitting around looking through wool books :-). 

20's still trying to decide which sweater he's wearing tomorrow.   It looks like we'll all be able to wear wool at least in the morning!

Your tentative schedule for the day:

Participate in however many "workshops" you'd like.  Or not.  Bring your wheel or current project and just enjoy sitting with everyone talking all things sheep and fiber all day long.  Or go sit under a tree by yourself and enjoy relaxing on the farm, watching the sheep.  If you've got a folding chair, you probably ought to bring it just in case we run short.

If you'd like to have your portrait taken with either your favorite project or your favorite sheep, I'll have my camera ready.  I'm better at sheep than people, but I'll do my best.

We'll have coffee and cider donuts (while they last) available throughout the day and make your own lemon shake ups.  Reg also thinks she has the artichoke french lined out after a trial run and consultation with a couple of Rhinebeck veterans.  

We are going to throw on a crockpot or two of soup and ShepherdPerson is bringing in some local apples and caramel dip.  Feel free to pack your own lunch or bring something to share if you'd like, but don't stress about it.  I've never know anyone to go hungry at a fiber gathering :-).

So it won't be actual Rhinebeck...but I think it's going to be a really fun day.  Hope to see you tomorrow!


Karen at longwell said...

Oh my! Now I am torn...plans are to leave for Rhinebeck today. But...hmmm...Equinox Farm sounds mighty enticing! Hope your day is glorious!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Sounds like so much fun! Hope you have a good turnout and some sunshine! :)

Michelle said...

So jealous! (What is a lemon shake-up?)

Vivian K Watson said...

I so wish I lived close enough to visit Equinox Farm for this amazing event. I think it sounds more perfect than the real deal!

Marcy said...

I really REALLY wish I could be there. Someday I hope I can come and meet you and your flock. It’s a long way from California!

Terry and Linda said...

It sounds just delightful! My heart and mind will be with you and all your friends!

knitski said...

Getting all caught up on your blog and thanks for sharing! I might get my blog up to date here as well.

I am so sorry you have had to say goodbye to a few of your loved ones this fall. It is without a doubt very very very hard. You gave them a great life just like they gave you a great life a wonderful partnership!

Marcy said...

Did you know that Oct. 19 is National Kentucky Day?!! Yay.

sophy0075 said...

Oh. My. Gosh. These sounds like MORE fun than Rhinebeck could ever be! (I know that's like apostasy, but isn't R a mob scene?)

I hope you will do this next year. PLEASE. If you schedule a date, I will tell The Store Powers That Be that I MUST have the weekend off.

I need orange said...

What a super day! No one who attended could possibly have spared a second for fear-of-missing-Rhinebeck sadness. :-)

signed, someone who has actually been to Rhinebeck, before I had any idea what a big deal it was/is

:-) :-)


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