This year marks the 25th annual Washington County Fiber Tour!! Its a great opportunity to get out and meet the farmers. They are happy to talk with you and show you their farms and animals. The website below gives more info....
Again this year, I will be open both Saturday and Sunday! Feel free to stop in and visit with us, see the sheep and shop at our Yarn Shop!
This is a fun day for all of us that love color and fiber! Fat Cat Knits has dyed 17 different colors of Targee top for us to choose from. Each color has 3-2 ounce bundles. We will pick our colors in rounds, starting with all 17 colors and by a random drawing. After each round, we will remove any unchosen colors and start round 2 with 17 colors again. The same will happen for round 3. At the end of the day, you will have 6 ounces and 3 different colors to work your magic with. You will be allowed to add 1 neutral color to complete your project if you would like. All this for just $22.50. We still have room for participants. Please email Carole at fostersheepfarm.com or call 518-338-6679. to sign up.
Join us for a fun-filled Guild day! We will be spinning and knitting; playing a few fun games. There will be prizes and also a spinning bee. Bring a dish to pass, I will provide cups, plates, utensils, and beverages! We plan to eat around 12:30 if you want to join us!
This is definition from Wikipedia...
Distaff Day, also called Roc Day, is 7 January, the day after the feast of the Epiphany. It is also known as Saint Distaff's Day, one of the many unofficial holidays in Catholic nations.
Many St. Distaff's Day gatherings are held, large and small, throughout local fiber community. The distaff, or rock, used in spinning was the medieval symbol of women's work.
In many European cultural traditions, women resumed their household work after the twelve days of Christmas. Women of all classes would spend their evenings spinning on the wheel. During the day, they would carry a drop spindle with them. Spinning was the only means of turning raw wool, cotton or flax into thread, which could then be woven into cloth.
Men have their own way of celebrating this occasion; this is done through Plough Monday. It is the first Monday after Epiphany where men are supposed to get back to work.
Every few years, Distaff Day and Plough Monday falls on the same day. Often the men and women would play pranks on each other during this celebration, as was written by Robert Herrick in his poem "Saint Distaffs day, or the Morrow After Twelfth Day" which appears in his Hesperides.
The Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival. New this year at this festival will be a Romney sheep show. There is lots of excitement brewing at this festival. It's not too late to enter your sheep, or skeins, or garments, or photos. Check out the web page,September 9, is the deadline to enter your sheep and September 11 is the deadline for all other catagories. Look for us in our regular spot vending at the festival and also in the sheep barn. The Yarn Shop will be closed for the weekend.