Monday, May 7, 2012

A Shawl Fiasco ... Almost

Brett came into the store and stopped to chat for a few minutes with me and sat down in one of the chairs which had Angela's beautiful crocheted purple shawl on the back of it. When he left, neither of us noticed that her shawl had disappeared. He came in a few minutes later saying "Look what I almost dropped into the burn pile!" while holding up the shawl. I said, "Why in the world would you do that?!?" To which he explained that it  somehow had gotten caught onto the lighter in his back pocket - when he was taking care of the burn pile he noticed something hanging behind his legs and almost thought he had grown a tail. After a few minutes of playing around in his back pockets, he managed to free himself of his newly-grown purple tail so that he could return it to its rightful place. Angela and I are both very happy that Brett took the time to figure out what was hanging behind  his leg instead of hastily casting it into the burn pile. We all got a good chuckle out of it though.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Featured Products - May 4, 2012

Come in and check out our locally made products. This display features our products made in VA and TN.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

What's the Buzz

Bees... that's what! Our friend, Debbie Clayton, came over Saturday and helped Brett install bees in our first hive. I showed up just after the installation with the camera. We purchased 3 pounds of bees. It sounded like there was a fan running in the hive.

We can't wait to get honey but we've learned that the bees often don't produce enough honey in the first year to harvest any. :(

I was surprised how content the bees seemed. There were LOTS of them flying around us but they didn't even seem to notice us. Here'a a photo of me and Brett in typ ical beekeepers attire - except for the big hole in his pants - that's a big beekeepers no-no!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Educational Farm Tours

We've been working diligently to get the farm ready for educational farm tours. Everything came together Friday when we hosted 63 K - 3rd graders for our first tour. The children had a great time learning how a sweater is made, from the goat to the garment. Here's a virtual tour:

 Setting up our nearly completed pavilion
(it'll be completely done in about a week)

The introduction

 Harvesting cashmere

Processing Yarn 

Garment Making - Hand Knitting 

Garment Making - Machine Knitting 

Petting the goats