For the Fiber Lover

| 12/5/2017 9:55:00 AM

Tags: Laura Berlage, Wisconsin, yarn, fiber, workshops,

wool yarn in fiber loft

Winter on the farm is that time of year when you can take a few breaths after the last of the late-autumn harvest has been squirreled away for the winter and the before-snow-flies list has been whittled down to wood-splitting and a few remaining livestock projects.  As the days continue to shorten, the focus turns inside to those projects that you just couldn’t quite get to in the harried pace of summertime and harvest season.

For me, that means nabbing some yarn and diving once more into the magic of making a beautiful and wearable object from materials that were once on the backs of the sheep I helped toss hay to earlier this morning.  The colorful wool dances beneath the crochet hook, punch needle, or shuttle. 

Summer holds the magic of growing things.  Winter holds the magic of making things.

And winter gives us the chance to think back on how summer went, what went well, and what could be better.  It’s a time for trying out new ideas before springtime hits and every extra moment is snarfed up caring for baby animals.  When people tell me they don’t like winters, I feel a pang of sadness.  Think of how much precious regenerative time they are passing by!

This last week at Farmstead, part of that stretching out into regeneration time meant taking a good look at how we organize the space inside the Creamery.  Mom and Steve had taken a trip to New England earlier in the month, and they’d come back with an exciting array of ideas, stories, and photographs from their excursions. 

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