Weekend, October 19-20 2019

Rhinebeck (NY Sheep & Wool)

Saturday 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday 9 am to 4 pm

We just have to pack all the stuff into our truck Tinkerbell and head up to the beautiful Hudson Valley! And she will be packed to the tippy top with wonderful yarns and spinning fibers for you. We are highlighting our yarns that qualify for Shave ’em to Save ’em, but have lots of other good stuff too.

Find us in our usual spot in the Horticulture building, lower floor.

Did you join the Rhinebeck Shave ’em to Save ’em KAL Fleece Flight shawl? Kathy finished hers in Tunis double twist.... There will be a meet up and photo at the festival. Learn more here




POSTPONED until spring 2020

After much thought, we have regretfully decided to postpone Farm Field Day-Clun Forest until Spring 2020.

We blew it and didn't get started on promotion when we were supposed to. We want this to be really successful for you and Blue Heron Farm, so we are getting our act together (and learning more about Eventbrite and promotion on social media...). 

All tickets have been refunded.

The good news about postponing until Spring is new lambs! and it’s shearing time.


tentative date: Saturday April 19th 

 On farm exploration of a heritage breed sheep, Clun Forest, in western Loudoun County, Virginia.

Not recommended for small children. Please leave pets at home.

*You can buy tickets to any of the paid classes below during your ticket purchase on Eventbrite.  They are located under "additional items".  


The Gentle Art of Drop Spinning with Caroline Hockenberry - 12:30 - 2:00 pm ($45) limit 8

Those who are knitters and crocheters are already aware of the visual and tactile benefits of the fiber arts. Drop spinning adds a deeper connection to our love of yarn. This simple act, using an inexpensive, centuries old tool, is a peaceful moving meditation, with the added benefit of creating a useful end product. What seems like magic, watching twist and fiber turn into handspun yarn on a spindle, is a step-by-step process easily learned in this hands-on workshop. Go home with the skills to make your own magic with this simple, portable tool, and fiber. No previous spinning experience necessary.

Supplies provided: 
Clun Forest Roving

Supplies to bring: (or may be purchased from the instructor for $10.00)
1.5-1.75oz. Top whorl drop spindle

Intentional Spinning with Caroline Hockenberry - 2:30 - 4:00 pm ($45) limit 8

Can you spin a continuous strand of yarn on your wheel? Then you’re ready to begin unlocking the secrets of take-up, twist ratio and drafting, to create yarn with intention. In this workshop we’ll use Clun Forest roving, wheel mechanics, and woolen and worsted drafting techniques to create two very different yarns. The first will be a consistent bulky single, and the second a lofty two-ply using long draw. We’ll address specific adjustments for each student’s wheel, and also discuss how various fibers and fiber prep affect your handspun yarn.

Supplies provided:
Clun Forest Roving

Supplies to bring:
Spinning Wheel or e-spinner (no spindles, please)
Empty bobbin
Oil for wheel/e-spinner
Note taking supplies 

Cable Knitting with Kathy Reed - 12:30 - 2:00 ($45) limit 12

Accelerate your cable projects by learning to skip that third needle. It’s easier than you think. Class includes:
- When and how to knit cables without a cable needle
- Discussion of yarn choices for cable projects
- Reading cable charts
- Keeping track of where you are in your knitting
- 50 yds of Clun Forest 3-ply yarn
Students should bring a pair of US 8 needles (straight, cable or double pointed) 
Cost: $45 for 90 mins

Knitting with Worsted and Woolen Spun Yarn - a FREE sit and knit with Kathy Reed 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Bring your work in progress or start a new one. We’ll have a swift and winder on hand. If you bring your WIP, be sure to also bring the yarn label!

We’ll discuss the difference in the yarns’ preparation, spinning, looks, feel, behavior, resulting fabric and life cycle. We’ve got some ideas, and look forward to hearing yours!