Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Day with Friends

Good morning ducks


Feeding the sheep

Katie and one of her pigs

The sheep escaping from the barn :)

Wool ready to  be washed

Wool being soaked

Wool after a few rinses, one more to go

Reece trying his hand at carding wool

Our carded wool!

Dying wool with turmeric

Katie giving us a little lesson on spinning

Hello spinning wheel

Reece giving spinning a try

Yesterday we had the amazing opportunity to spend the day with some friends on their farm. We joined six other mamas and their children for a tour of the farm, saying good morning to the ducks, feeding the sheep, milking a goat and watching the pigs devour their breakfast. The kids had a great time and we moms did too.

Once the farm chores were done we were welcomed into Katie's home for a day of wool fun. We washed wool, we carded it, we dyed it and we tried spinning it. We are all newbies trying things out for the first time, we had some successes and some...oh we need to work on this a little more. Spinning is not as easy as it looks.

The kids played, the moms chatted, we played with wool, we enjoyed a pot luck lunch and we shared time together. It was a perfect day.

Thanks Katie! 

36 comments:

  1. What an enjoyable and educational experience :) Looks like such fun!

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  2. what a fun day! i can see you with sheep someday. is livestock allowed in your area?

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    1. It was Lisa. I am thinking about sheep, just two. Not next year, but maybe 2014. Still have to convince Justin :)

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  3. That looks like such a fun day!!! I can't believe how big Reece is getting :)

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    1. It was! And I know, I keep telling him to stop growing :)

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  4. What a wonderful day...like a little slice of heaven. How did Reece like the spinning? The experienced spinners do make it look so easy.

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    1. Perfect way to describe it Melissa. Reece loved it. And yes they do make it look easy.

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  5. any day that plays with wool is a perfect day to me!! Wish I was there :)

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  6. what fun! spinning is a bit tricky, isn't it?

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    1. It is. I guess I will have to get a wheel so I can practice :)

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  7. That looks so awesome. How great it is to have friends with a farm and wool.

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  8. What a wonderful day! I have a drop spindle I can't wait to figure out...I'm going to take some time while my dh is home and get things moving.

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    1. It was a great day Mackenzie. There were some drop spindles there, but no one knew how to use them. We were using a book to help guide us, but still had a hard time. I think it would be better to have someone show us how to use it. Maybe next time... Good luck with yours, can't wait to hear about when you have time to give it a go.

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  9. Oh! And Jenny absolutely lives in her pink version of hat ribbed hat! She seriously sleeps in it. ;)

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  10. Sounds lovely Kim. My oldest son is completely enchanted with spinning. There is a woman who spins at our local farmer's market and he sits for hours watching her. Looks like Reece had a fabulous time. Did you get to keep some of the wool to bring home?

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    1. It was Jennifer. And yes, he had a great time and we brought home whatever we carded. Didn't get enough spun to bring home.

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  11. This looks amazing. What a special place! I'm thinking of getting ducks next year, so these photos might push me over the edge!

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    1. Yes, a very special place. We are too!! Actually we almost got four ducks when we got our chickens, but decided it might be best to stick with one to start.

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  12. What an experience! And so educational for Reece! :)

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  13. Totally up my alley! Talk about seeing the entire process. Sensory experience at it's best!

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  14. What a beautiful day. When are you getting the sheep? xxoo

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    1. Haha, you know me too well Julie. I would like two sheep, thinking 2014. Next year is bees and maybe a rabbit or two :)

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  15. That looks like such a fun adventure. So very cool for you and Reece both. :)

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    1. It was a great day, Reece loved it and so did I!

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  16. What an awesome day!!! love it!!

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