On the way to Sandwich Central School, Betty and Alex stopped by Kindred Spirit Farm to pick up a 2-week old ram lamb as part of our presentation. What a cutie!
I started the presentation by introducing myself and talking a bit about my own farm, Forrest Acres. We have 4 Shetland wethers that we are raising for fiber. Then I asked the children if any of them had sheep, and several hands went up. The next part of the presentation was reading the book "Charlie Needs A Cloak" by Tomie dePaola. The children's favorite part of the book was the illustration at the end of the story where one of Charlie's sheep started munching on the new cloak.
The best part of the presentation came next. I brought out a fleece shorn from one of my sheep in February of this year, some washed Shetland locks and my hand carders. After carding a few locks, I passed around the three stages of fiber for the children to smell and feel. Then came the spinning wheel - my Ashford Joy, a niddy noddy, umbrella swift and wool winder. After the children watched a brief spinning demonstration, I passed around my handknit shawl.
All the while, the little ram lamb meandered around the circle of children and then tinkled on the floor - the hit of the morning! "Hey, he just marked his territory," remarked one of the children.
Here is the thank you card that I received from Mrs. Petitti's students.
Well, that's all the news for now. Happy knitting (crocheting, spinning, needle felting, weaving . . .) to all!