Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Yarn Along - A Summer Yarn Swap

I've been doing some spring cleaning.  Well...wait...I've been thinking about doing some spring cleaning.  Yeah, that's a little more correct honest :-/.  Mostly I've just been (still) trying to catch up the spring yard and fleece work.  And trying to get Bullwinkle off to college.  


Mostly he's good out there, but the afternoons and evenings are still a bit of a challenge. He's old enough now that I could let him cry it out a bit except it's been in the 90s and So Humid almost every day and that in itself is stressful enough without adding in additional stress of weaning.

I either go sit in the shade with him for awhile so he can relax and graze or let him come out in the yard and barn with me.  Saint Tim babysat him the other night so I could ride for a few minutes. Boys are harder to wean than girls, but they'll be your baby for the rest of their lives.

So back to the Summer Yard Yarn Sale!  

On Saturday July 9th from 10:00 until 3:00ish we are going to have an 
Open Farm Day/Swap Meet 

Come hang out with the sheep, dogs, cats, chickens, 20, other spinners, knitters, crocheters, weavers, felters...AND, bring any stash you'd like to sell or trade with something in someone else's stash.  Let's keep it all fiber related - yarn, spinning fibers, fleeces, tools and equipment...  

We can all "set up" in the barn aisle, under shady trees, on the Wool House porch, in the tack room, garage...  Plenty of cool(ish) spots.  No fancy set ups - card table, chair, big plastic bag... Keep it light and easy.  And bring something fun to work on or for show and tell.  

If you don't have a SABLE (Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy) or just want to give spinning/knitting...a try (also known as Just Don't Have A SABLE Started YET ;-D)? There will be plenty of good enablers on hand to help you out.  Don't be shy!

If your stash is all organized and under control please don't come just bring a chair and something fun to work on and enjoy the public shaming fellowship ;-).

Just want to come out and hug some sheep?  That's fine, too.  Their favorite summertime treat is tortilla chips (wink wink, nod nod).

There may be a local Girl Scout Troop here selling lemonade and Girl Scout cookies (fingers crossed).  Other than that, if you would like/need to eat something other than peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and ice water, I'd pack a lunch.  Just sayin'... 

Feel free to leave a comment telling everyone what you'll be bringing (aka free advertising in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich sort of way ;-).  I'll do a couple more posts leading up to the 9th, so don't panic that you really don't know exactly what is in your SABLE.  

I'll have all the usual Punkin's Patch stuff, plus some used equipment, books, yarns that I know I'll never find time to use and someone should be enjoying...

We've also timed this to coincide with a visit from Sheepmom from Nistock Farms (no, she's not bringing any lambs this year :-/).  If you are interested in a fancy butt scratcher or some beautiful fleeces, roving or yarn, let her know and she'll be happy to bring it along.  If you are interested in one of their awesome skein winders, I'd let her know ASAP in case That Andy has to make an extra.

Sound fun?  Any questions?

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In All The Knitting News That's Fit To Print, I haven't started the Renny sweater yet :-/.  Still stewing over a yardage issue (and working in the yard and barn too much and it's way too hot and humid to knit outside :-o).  It will all work out though and mostly what I wanted to share is if you haven't listened to The Martian, it's outstanding!

Joining in with Ginny...


Sheepmom said...

Wheee! This is going to be fun! I have some raw fleeces to bring, dyed roving, a used-but-in-excellent-condition swing arm picker, brand new books, blending boards and any other tools anyone wants, a bunch of handspun yarn from the stash..... what are you looking for? Maybe we have it!

Marcy said...

I had to laugh when I read "SABLE"! I definitely have that. Wish I was closer and could come. I would truly love to meet you and Sheepmom, and anyone else that is there. I love reading both your blogs and have an urge to hug a sheep! Hope it is lots of fun.

Unknown said...

Wish I could join you all. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a day. I just live too darn far away.

Alina said...

Oh, what a great idea! I would LOOOVE to be there!

karen said...

I am spring summer. I am setting aside one hour a day to do the windows! I won't mention the last time the windows were cleaned :)

Cheryl West said...

I too have a SABLE and wish I lived close enough to take part in this fun event so will have to enjoy it through your blog.

Kathy said...

Oh it sounds like so much fun! I too wish I lived closer, yarn, lambies, chickens and PB&J - pure heaven. Have fun.

sophy0075 said...

Wish I could join you all, but I'm hundreds of miles away. Have fun and try to stay less hot.

LannieK said...

SABLE? Who... Me? :-o
Wish I could be there ~

Lisa Smith said...

Just now catching up on your blog, Sara, & wishing this could have been the year I come visit, knit, & hug all the sheep (who want to be hugged, of course) & kitties (especially Comby) & pups, etc. But I'll be there in spirit!

I'm hoping that as soon as my husband (a 63 y.o. chimney sweep who shows no signs of slowing down yet....) finally retires (Summer 2018 is ''The Plan''), there will still be an annual Punkin's Patch Open Farm Day, or Hug-A-Sheep Day, etc. I want so very much to come to meet you in person to thank you for sharing your wonderful world with us. I hope my health holds on long enough to do that! :-) It is, honestly, a big bucket list item that keeps me going, day in & day out (as well as visiting my dearest friend in the world in MI, & Colonial Wmsburg.!).

I will enjoy the festivities from afar through your delightful blog, & say "have a great Open Farm Day"! Oh, & please give Comby a pet for me, next time you have a spare moment with him. . . . I know, "a spare what?" you're probably thinking!

Warm Regards, Lisa in Oregon :-)


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