Monday, December 5, 2011
Over the mountain and through the woods
I missed my favorite craft show, The Big Crafty, downtown on Sunday. But, I got to spend the afternoon over the mountain and through the woods at Wellspring Farms. It was an hours drive from my home, but the scenery was breathtaking. I was amongst llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats, bunnies, 9 cats and 5 dogs. I am taking spinning classes from an amazing woman, Elke, this fall and winter. Today was my second class out of four. I have been learning how to spin fibers into yarn and today I got to ply 2 of them together. Afterwards we set and washed the spun fibers, and I must say I was amazed to see the yarn I created! It was so inspiring to be around these beautiful animals, many Elke and her husband have rescued from all over the country. They put so much love and time into their animals care and it really shows. Their farm is just breathtaking, nestled down a valley and up a mountainside, surrounded by hundreds of acres of undeveloped land. The Appalachain trail even goes through very close to their land. I have gained so much appreciation for the yarn I knit with, seeing the animals it comes from, and their gentle spirits and beauty. Not even considering their care, shearing the wool, processing it and getting it ready for spinning. I bought some lovely fiber for spinning from some of her animals. I am truly humbled by how much work goes into making a skein of yarn, especially handspun. It is a beautiful art.