Friday, June 05, 2009

a day with PA WAgN

Photobucket little finnsheep lambs greeting the women...

The visit from the PA WAgN, (or Pennsylvania Women's Agricultural Network) went very well. We had beautiful weather, and a terrific group of people that travelled a good distance across the state of PA to come to the Hatton Farm. After the sheep presentation, it was my pleasure to introduce some of them to spinning on a Great Wheel. I was feeling very good about 2 women who never tried spinning on a Great Wheel before, but were spinning yarn on one just minutes after a quick lesson!

Photobucket recently restored by Fred Hatton, this Great Wheel is easy to use- very smooth and effortless turning....

After spinning on this Great Wheel, and then trying out one of the treadle wheels, Linda remarked that the Great Wheel seemed to "spin the yarn by itself!" Well, almost....

Photobucket Grace's new wheel...

In addition to the Great Wheel, there were spindles and other antique wheels that were available to test drive...

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The afternoon passed too quickly, and I didn't have time to try out this beautiful distaff that Fred made--maybe another time!

Thanks to Fred and Grace Hatton, for welcoming us to the farm and sharing their knowledge and talents (and the coffee and cookies were GREAT!)

8 comments:

Jody said...

Oh what fun to get to try those wheels! Wish I could have been there too. I luv finnwool...I would buy those lambs if I had a place to put them :)

fiberjoy said...

What a pleasant way to spend a day!

Umm Finnwool - a fav!

(You're blogging early today!)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a sweet little lamb. I think the great wheel looks intimidating. A beautiful piece of machinery though.

Judy said...

Sounds like the perfect way to spend the afternoon.

Stasia said...

How fun!

Leslie Shelor said...

The Hattons seem like amazing and wonderful people! What a terrific day for you all!

pacalaga said...

love that blue thing. why did I think you were in Ohio?

Valerie said...

sounds like a wonderful day! The Great Wheel looks like it is beautifully restored.

You must be a great teacher!

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