Wednesday, May 26, 2010

New Classes

Things are really shaping up in the store. We've added 10 flavors of loose leaf tea , tea accessories, yarn, and some new classes. For more information about any of these classes, contact Beth at (423) 869-8927 or b@mtnhollow.com.

Block of the Month Club (Knit or Crochet)
Knit or crochet a beautiful afghan one square at a time. Classes will start on June 1st and will be the first Tuesday of each month at 10 am and 6 pm. You can come to one or both classes – they will be the same. We’ll encourage each other, compare blocks, and learn the new stitches for the block of the month. The only cost is for the pattern book and yarn, and you can join in any month.

Beginner Knitting Lessons
Wednesdays June 9, 16 & 23, 3 – 4:30 pm at Mountain Hollow Farm. Master the basics of knitting in the continental style: casting on, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, binding off, and pattern reading. You’ll knit a scarf and dishcloth. When you are finished with this class, you will have the skills and confidence you need to begin a new project. The cost is $50, which includes the 3 lessons, a beginner knitting kit, & yarn for the projects.

Stitch & Spin
Every Saturday, 10 am – noon AND every Tuesday, 6-8 PM (except the 1st Tuesday of the month which is Block of the Month Club). Bring your current knitting, crochet or spinning project to stitch or spin as you make new friends in an inviting community of yarn lovers. Sessions are free and open to everyone.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

It's Been a While

It's been a while since my last post. We've been very busy. Here's a summary of what's been going on this spring.

We started combing goats in March. That's how we harvest the cashmere. It's called combing, but really we brush them with a dog brush. It takes about 2 hours per goat. We had 23 goats to comb.

Before we were done combing all the goats, the does started having kids. We've had 12 kids so far but 2 didn't make it. One died because the momma was small and it was too big for her to deliver. We ended up taking her to the vet for a c-section but it was just too much stress on the kid. Momma is doing fine. The fence jumper that got her pregnant is in our freezer.

The other one that died was a triplet. We were at church when they were born and I think the momma was too tired or distracted by the other 2 to take care of it right after it was born.

The 10 (7 girls, 3 boys) that we still have are doing great. They are full of life and fun to watch. There are 2 more does that are supposed to be pregnant, but I'm starting to wonder if they really are.

A few weeks ago, the Claiborne Leadership class toured our farm. It was a great time and the newspaper printed a story about it on Wednesday. That was great free publicity! We already received an inquiry about farm tours as a result of the article.

The store is starting to feel like a real store. Last week, I placed a large orders for yarn, books, and loose leaf tea. The tea is in and the rest should arrive in a few days.

I am starting a Block of the Month Club in which participants will knit or crochet a beautiful afghan one square at a time. More details can be found at http://tinyurl.com/mhf-lessons.

Whew! I can't wait to see what summer has in store for us!