Saturday we went to a childrens' day at a nearby Old Textile Museum.
I have been wanting to go for three years but this was the first time we were able to attend.
What a blissful day it was!
There was sheep shearing...
...and since so few people actually went, my children got a TON of one on one interaction and opportunities they wouldn't have had there been a huge turnout.
Andrew had to help with the demonstrations (which, btw, goes against his wallflower nature); he did well.
He even got to help shear, which to his farmers heart, was a real thrill.
Corynn did too, as a matter of fact.
I was amazed at how lethargic sheep get during shearing. It almost appeared like they went into a trance!
Then, of course, there was spinning.
May I tell you a little secret?
I have always wanted a spinning wheel.
When we moved into this house, I looked into buying alpacas (youch! are they expensive) and then tried to convince Matt to let me have sheep. Apparently, he doesn't feel the same way about them as I do.
I have even toyed with the idea of getting some angora rabbits for a smaller investment.
So when I was invited to try out spinning firsthand, I was in my glory.
Of course, I had to hand off Judah, hence the empty Moby wrap. (No, I don't make it a habit of wearing empty baby wraps.)
Corynn likes it too.
She had a good teacher.
Clowns make great teachers.
Maybe with the both of us pestering...er....ASKING....?!?!?
OR maybe....he could be convinced firsthand?!
(just in case he wanted to try to build me one, I took lots of pictures. hehehe)
And there was dyeing.
Using natural dyes to color the wool fascinates me.
I took pictures of some of the natural dyes I can try at home.
And there was loads of information, demonstrations and even opportunities to get our hands dirty
We came home with our own dyed wool~
.... a felted wool necklace Corynn made
.... and three bars of felted homemade soap.
...AND....hold on to your hats~ again because of the small turnout, they gave our family a drop spindle and some carded wool for free as well, so we can get started spinning!!!! yay!
Thank you Old Textile Museum!