|Antique Wrought Iron Sheep Toy|
|Antique Yarn Spool Lamps|
|Mitten Form for Drying|
As this is not an uncommon set of details for me (I wish it were, but alas, I'm really a spaz) it came as no surprise that one of the texts I missed was important. It was from Carol Foster, my hostess, offering me a tour of Battenkill Fibers, a spinnery near the farm. Mary Jean Packer is the owner and operator, and although she was in the middle of an order for Tahki (a brand new yarn that is Oh, so cool!) she took the time to show me around. (Yep. More Benadryl. A girl has to breathe.) I'll share more about this in another post.
After my groovy tour of the spinnery, I was revved for day 2 of classes at Foster Sheep Farm. The group was there for a class of Shaping Techniques which shows alternatives for shaping. Different yarns take shaping techniques differently. Something that makes a smooth decrease in a silk/linen blend may make a lumpy one in cotton. We made a variety of shapes in a dozen ways.
The shop is dotted with early American antiques, many of them knitting-related, located in an old farmhouse. I couldn't help thinking that there was energy from dozens of knitters who came before us, original owners of the antiques and the farm, right there with us. The quiet of the rainy day in the country made it all the more memorable.