Summer

Come visit us at the farm. Our lambs are growing, and flowers are blooming, strawberries are ripening…..

Coming soon: July 8, Felting Friday. Great for beginners as well as inspiration for seasoned felters! Make a Thyme Tile, start to finish.  Each month we’ll be working with the best-sellers from 2015. July ~ Spring Violets, and August ~ Roostah.
Bring your own tools or use ours.
$30 includes fiber materials.

July 9th: Learn to dye with plants and weeds from our dyers’ garden and what we gather around the farm. Plants may include marigolds,and dyers coreopsis from our garden, & from the pasture black-eyed susans, jewel weed, & goldenrod.
Fee: $45. Bring some fiber of your own to dye, or purchase some in our store for the class. Please register.

Dyeing to Spin with Linda Clutterbuck July 20 10a -4p Learn how to dye roving in strips of color. Bring your wheel~ We will practice spinning the space-dyed roving

Camden Harbor Arts The Camden Public Library will host approximately 80 artists in its first annual summer Harbor Arts & Books Fair on July 16 and 17, 2016. The fair will feature items for every taste and prices for every pocketbook! Art patrons will find works in watercolor, oil, acrylics, as well as photography, sculpture, and mixed media. Fans of handcrafted wares can shop for pottery, glass, woodcrafts, jewelry, fiber art and furniture.

Harbor Arts & Books Fair is an admission-free, family-friendly event, making it a perfect day trip or weekend destination.

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The Month of May

Join us for Felting Friday this Friday from 1-4 pm to make your own Sheep Thyme Tile.

Looking for a road trip?  Come see us at New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival May 14 and 15 in Deerfield.  More info here.

We’ll be shearing May 18, starting at 9 am.  Come be part of the process of working with our lovely wool.

And we’ll be in attendance at the Bethel Farmers’ Market May 28, 9-12, in the parking lot of the Norway Savings Bank.

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Spring Events

We think we’re all done with lambing, and we’re definitely done with sugaring for the season.  Stop by to get your syrup and see how big the lambs are getting!

We will be shearing on May 18th, starting at 9 am.  Come be part of this seasonal process.  Many hands make quick work around the skirting table and in the barn.  Bring a dish to share for lunch.  Some raw fleeces available for purchase.

Register now for May 6th and June 10th Felting Fridays, and check out the information on our upcoming summer natural dye classes, as well as guest instructor Linda Clutterbuck teaching dyeing to spin July 20.

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Coming up next

il_570xN.339460754Thank you to all who helped to make Maine Maple Weekend a success here at the farm! We set a new record for sap collection~300 gallons over the weekend. Boiling now.

Coming up next:

Felting Friday, April 1, 1-3 pm – make the pig Thyme Tile.

Color Play Dye Workshop, Saturday, April 2, 9-4 – Learn to overdye gray wool with Cushing’s dyes with red, yellow and blue to make a rainbow and variety of simple techniques. Please register here.

The farm store is open most days 10-4, so call to give us a heads up, and then stop by to get some of our delicious maple syrup, incredibly soft yarn, or needle felting kits and supplies.

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Honoring Sarah Miller during Maine Maple Weekend

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Gluten Free Pancakes

pancakesGluten free pancakes will be available upon request for this weekend.  The gluten free pancakes will also be dairy free.  Pancake breakfast 8-11 am both Saturday and Sunday.  Hope to see ewe here.

 

 

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Maine Maple Weekend

Pancake breakfast just around mmwthe corner!  March 26 and 27, 8-11 am.  Farm open until 4 pm both days.  Come see lambs in the barn, wood-fired evaporator in the sugarhouse, eat pancakes, shop in the yarn store, and see the work of local fiber artist Sarah Miller.  $6 for pancake breakfast, including sap tea and sap coffee.  Maple sausage $1 extra.  Children 5 and under eat free.

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Honoring Sarah Miller

During Maine Maple Weekend (March 26 and 27), we will be featuring a display of fiber products from Sarah Miller.  Please join us to honor her work as a fiber artist.

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About ten years ago, we went to the Miller Farm in Livermore, Maine where they had raised sheep for many years.  We heard they had Corriedale sheep, a breed that we like a lot.

At that time we met Sarah Miller, who designed and sold “Oh Wow” mittens and mitten kits using Bartlett yarns. We were taken to her walk in closet full of Bartlett yarn.  The Millers sent their wool to be processed into yarn with wool from other Maine farms at Bartlett.

That day I bought a kit and made a pair, which were on display in our store (before the Tesseract was built). True to the name of the mittens, everyone who tried on these mittens soon exclaimed “Oh Wow” because the mittens are lined with very soft merino roving, knitted in such a way that little hearts show on the outside.

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Sarah Miller

Earlier this year I learned that Sarah Miller, who died several years ago, had left a closet full of yarn, mitten kits, and hand designed knitted sweaters and vests that the family was hoping to sell so as to be put to good use.   I learned that she was a retired chemical engineer, who was a prolific knitter and enjoyed many hours of designing sweaters as well as mittens and hats.

In Robin Hansen’s book, “Ultimate Mittens,” she is featured as the designer of wind block mittens with snug and ribbed cuffs.  Sarah tested the mittens on a windy day in 1993 when the weatherman said the wind chill factor was minus 40 degrees F.  As a spinner and sheep farmer she had much to say about the quality of the Maine wool that goes into them.IMG_4282

I remembered seeing Sarah knitting a pair of mittens when we visited her, and was reminded that she had knitted hundreds of pairs of mittens. That day we brought bags and bins of yarn, sweaters and mitten kits back to the farm store to sell on consignment.  We talked about Honoring Sarah Miller on the occasion of Maine Maple Weekend.

For Maine Maple Weekend we are creating a Sarah Miller corner in the Tesseract where we are featuring several pairs of her mittens, hats, sweaters and vests, as well as  “Oh Wow” mitten kits and Bartlett yarns in her favorite colors.

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Robin Miller, her daughter-in-law, wrote the following note about Sarah’s years as a knitter.

“Sarah was truly an amazing knitter.  She had nearly 70 years experience with knitting!  She used to knit argyle socks for the soldiers in WW2.  I put together memory boxes for the 4 “kids” for Christmas from “stuff” I found that belonged to her and George.  Argyle socks she and his sister Martha had made for him were among the treasures.

When she was teaching me to knit she almost never had me fix mistakes – just repeat them so they became part of a unique pattern.  She herself was unique that way.  I miss her.  This experience of cleaning out is bittersweet.

We don’t need all this yarn and it’s great to have you help us find good homes for it.  This is really about honoring her in some way that validates her work.

Thank you for being a part of this journey with us.”

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This past week our Tuesday Knitters modeled the sweaters and vests, which really do look nice on someone.  Perhaps you would like to come try one or two on yourself.  Maybe one of Sarah Miller’s knits is perfect for you to enjoy on cold winter days and cool spring and fall evenings.

Or perhaps you would rather purchase a mitten kit that includes everything needed to make wonderful wind block mittens, so good on a day that is well below zero.  They knit up quickly and, if you know how to do Fair Isle knitting, are really quite easy to make. The pattern includes directions for child sizes as well as small, medium and large mittens.

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Maine Felting Group April Gathering

12552865_10153880096818826_6979031042991379218_nPlease join us for this free event here at the farm from 1-4 pm on April 16.

The Maine Felting Group is an open group of felting enthusiasts from around the state.  All skill levels welcome.  The farm store will be open, with felting kits, tools, and fiber from our own sheep, dyed here at the farm.

We have lambs in the barn and maple syrup too!

 

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Leap Day Lambs

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Welcome to the F’s!  Fannie and Friskie, two healthy white girls, born to Cicada on the evening of the 29th.  I guess they’ll be yearlings for the next four years…  Fannie has one black sock on the rear left leg.  More mothers-to-be in the back of the barn, so come on by.  Check out our Adopt A Lamb program if you like lambs and lamb fleeces.

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