The first stop on my trip was the Weaver Orchard for fresh produce and home made warm cider donuts for breakfast.
|Shady Maple Smorgasbord|
|The Old Country Store Intercourse, PA|
|Holiday Table Runner|
|Mannings Weaving and Knitting Supply and School|
I have been wanting to create a fusion of wool fiber and silk to make scarves but didn't know how to go about it. I have several books on creating wool scarves but they seemed to be a lot of work and too thick for the look I was after. I wanted a scarf, made out of fiber, that was thin, drapes nicely and fun to create. I also wanted to be able to create unlimited colors. After taking this class, I could see all the possibilities of the scarves I've had in my in my head but wasn't sure how to get started. The instructor was Debra Jo Tily and we had a fun, relaxing day working with needle felting hand tools and a scarf and fiber kit included in the class fee. Here is a photo of the finished scarf:
|Hand Needle Felted Scarf|
I had planned to visit some Alpaca farms near Lancaster on Friday but it got dark too soon so I decided to visit one on the way home from the Mannings on Saturday. I was able to pet the alpacas and even buy some silver fleece for my alpaca stash. The Big Rock Alpaca Farm is located in the country near the Mannings, not too far from Rt. 30. For more info. go to:
Here is the huacaya male whose silver fleece I purchased. It is being soaked and cleaned as I write this. I can hardly wait to see it all clean and carded.
|Hillside’s Silver Ray|
All-in-all it was a great weekend in the country and made me wish I could some day have my own alpaca farm.
Have a wonderful holiday, everyone!!