Christmas 2012 is in the books. Why is it that the day or two after Christmas, the tree starts to really look mangy and lose its luster. The magic goes out of it and I am anxious to take it down and clean like there's no tomorrow.
The week between Christmas and New Years is a week to look ahead and make great plans for 2013.
What about you? What are your plans for 2013?
If "learn something new" is on your list, take a few minutes to peruse the classes we're offering in the new year.
Check back often as we will add classes in natural dyeing, spinning, beginning knitting, needle felting, canning, lasagna gardening, and a whole series of children's gardening classes.
New yearns bring with them the promise of new things. Make 2013 the year you decide to try your hand at learning something new and interesting. I guarantee you that you'll have fun and will learn something that might become newest passion.
And what could be better than that!
Hand spinners, learn how to blend colors on a drum carder for various effects, including color blending, making self-striping batts and adding a bit of bling to art batts. This is a demonstration with time at the end for hands-on work, including making your own art batt. Class fee includes fiber for one art batt. Additional fiber may be purchased. $25/person.
Dyeing Yarn with Nature, July 21st
Learn to dye yarn with a veriety of natural dyes from local plants as well as purchased dye material, such as Cochineal and Tumeric. A box lunch and dye recipes are included. You'll dye enough yarn to make a scarf and make a dye sample card. $75/person.
Fiber Processing, July 29th
Discover fiber preparation, starting with skirting an alpaca fleece, then washing it and finally, learning how to card the fiber. This is a great class for hand spinners that want to know what to do with all those raw fleeces they purchased. $50/person.
Katie Allman Rug Hooking Class, September 27th
McGown-certified rug hooking teacher Katie Allman is coming to the farm to teach a free-spirited, no rules type of rug hooking class in the style of Canadian Artist Deanne Fitzpatrick. Students have their choice of two 12"x16" patterns: Poppies on the Edge of Town or Boat & Shacks. Class fee is $50 and includes instruction & color planning, your pattern on burlap, lunch and a talk/slide show by Katie on her rugs and her adventurous trip to Nova Scotia. Please bring your own frame, hook and scissors. Add $15 if you would rather have a linen pattern.
Beginning Primitive Rug Hooking, October 6th
Primitive rug hooking is the simple act of pulling loops through a background to create beautiful wall or floor coverings. This is not the 1970s latch hook you remember. This is a true North American art form. There is a materials fee of $50 for your backing, cut wool, hook and gbeginning frame. $30/person.
Needle Felting Christmas Ornaments, November 10th
From Santa faces to snowmen and candy canes, spend a morning making unique ornaments for your Christmas tree or to tie onto special holiday packages. $25/person.
Learn to Spin, November 18th
This spindle class will teach you the basics of spinning wool with a spindle to produce a single ply yarn. There is a materials fee of $19 (payable the day of class), which includes a drop spindle and 2 ounces of wool for spinning, plus written instructions to take home. $25/person.
None of these classes say anything about bringing your No. 2 pencils, trapper notebook or graphing calculator. They do require you to bring a sense of adventure and a desire to learn something new.
You can register for any (or all!) of the classes here.
So grab a friend and spend a day learning a new craft. I promise we won't separate you for talking too much in class. (Gee, I have no idea where that idea came from. It's not as if it actually ever happened to me in real school.)
Forget all those turkey leftovers. Thumb your nose at your Christmas to-do list.
Saturday is Sit-N-Knit day at the farm and all your responsibilities should be tossed out the window!
Except for your knitting responsibilities. Those are all-important and should be taken very seriously. ALWAYS respect your knitting responsibilities.
Those beautiful socks in Ohio State colors? Bring 'em to the farm and get 'em finished for gift-giving.
Scarves, neck cowls, mittens -- bring 'em all with you and knit the morning and early afternoon away with other like-minded individuals.
Or, if you're an overachiever, bring something really snazzy to work on and wow us all!
Sit-N-Knit day is always fun and always free. Snacks and beverages are provided, but you guys provide the yapping -- that's the best part and it's always guaranteed to de-stress even the most tense human!
So plan to join us at the farm Saturday, November 27th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or later). Bring your knitting, or your spinning, or whatever fiber craft you're in to and craft away the hours with old and new friends.
We look forward to seeing you!