Thank you everyone for coming!
We loved having you.
Our biggest THANK YOU to Terry and Paul Nelson, owners of Hideaway Springs Farm, for sharing their beautiful farm and sheep for a lovely afternoon. They get credit for extremely nice weather too! Terry and Paul are the most pleasant and helpful hosts. We appreciate all the work it takes to make a whole farm ready for company 🙏🙏🙏 💪💪💪 !!!
We hope you had a good time and came away knowing something about Karakul sheep and their wool. Kathy Donovan, of Checkmate Farm, taught a rug punch class and I'm sure shared Karakul stories, because she is also a Karakul shepherd. The students were concentrating!
Hideaway Springs is one of the farms participating in the Loudoun County 4-H non-ownership sheep club. The kids that are paired up with Hideaway spent the day sharing what they have learned working with this flock and brought out some of the new lambs so people could see them up close. Sheep are NOT party animals! They need coaxing to mingle.
There was lamb to taste (Thank you Olwen Woodier for your slow cooked apricot and rosemary Karakul leg of lamb 😋). There was wine to taste! Thank you Fabbioli Cellars (and the winery is just down the road from the farm...do stop by and hope they warm up some mulled wine. It was PERFECT!)
We had a couple stations where people could get their hands on some Karakul wool and feel what it can do. Kathy Reed (in the hat) completely enjoyed getting to spend time with with both new and old friends! Knit to felt coasters:
And a wet felting station (on the right: Karen working diligently on her portrait of an apple tree in Karakul, it was really nice!):
And we are so pleased we were able to persuade Chesapeake Fibershed’s Sustainable Cloth Challenge to bring their gathering and fashion show of everyone’s 2023 projects to Hideaway on Sunday. It added so much to farm field day.
Equally pleased to introduce everyone that came to the Fibershed concept in general, and our own Chesapeake Fibershed in particular.
And at the end of the day (first day of Standard time...it got dark early!) we all went home happy