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Chicken Curry: classic flavors combine for a delicious, quick supper

As I’ve mentioned before, we’re often looking for new recipes to make at home, to mix up our menus when we find ourselves stuck in a rut. While I’m not new to cooking curry dishes, many recipes I’ve tried in the past have involved more ingredients, steps, and time...

Sewing a Skirt & Sash – A Project for a Special Night

If you’ve been reading the blog or following on our YouTube channel for a while, you’ll know that I don’t talk about sewing much. That’s because I don’t sew much, or at least haven’t in a long time. This year I’m hoping that will change. I believe everyone should...

Overdye Yarn: How to shift shades for a happier result

A couple of weeks ago, I shared an experiment for dyeing yarn with food coloring. The results were interesting, but I decided the yarn didn’t have a cohesive, finished look. So, it’s back to the dye pot this week. Overdyeing can rescue failed dye experiments if you’re careful about...

Waterbury, Vermont Field Trip: Local Yarn, Food, Beers

This weekend, my mother and I made a quick trip up to Waterbury, Vermont a town about an hour from the homestead. Our venture was prompted by the relocation of our local yarn shop from Montpelier. We were happy to see the new space: bright, open, and buzzing with...

Dye yarn with food coloring: a fun and easy fiber experiment

In today’s yarn world, there are thousands of people dyeing yarn at home and achieving wild and interesting (and sometimes, even beautiful) results. Have you ever wanted to try your hand at dyeing your own yarn, but were too intimidated? Or, perhaps you just didn’t want to shell out...

May 4 – 5, 2019: Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, Maryland. Booth D 15 in the Main Building. The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is one of the largest shows of its kind in the country. With dozens of sheep breeds and other fiber animals, more than 250 vendors, farm talks, fiber workshops, and educational...

June 29, 2019: Acid Dyes and Surface Techniques

Learn the fundamentals of acid dyeing and create your own color-ways using 4 techniques: kettle dyeing, self striping, painted sock blanks, and speckled yarn. All yarn and dye materials will be provided, and students should bring appropriate clothing and personal safety gear*. Each participant will take home several skeins...

July 13 & August 3, 2019: Learn to Homebrew with Scott Russell

Are you a novice homebrewer, looking to upgrade from extract brewing to all-grain? Or perhaps you’ve been considering this hobby for a while, but you’re not sure what’s involved. This workshop is for you! In this two-part class, you’ll learn to brew beer from scratch, using the all-grain method....

July 27, 2019: Introduction to Natural Dyeing

Learn the fundamentals of dyeing yarn with natural plant materials, from preparing the yarn with mordant, to altering pH and using post-treatments. We’ll forage for dye plants at the farm, and we may use kitchen scraps or purchased extracts to create a range of colors. We’ll also try eco-printing on...

September 7 – 8, 2019: Garden State Sheep & Fiber Festival

Hunterdon County Fairgrounds, Ringoes New Jersey, Outside Barn 3, Booth 3010 The Garden State Sheep Breeders’ Sheep & Fiber Festival is an event that has long had a focus on livestock competitions and breed conformation. Recently they’ve added more vendors and fiber arts workshops, so this event is educational...

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