Topic: Spinning Retreats
Next Fall, Countrywool will host its first ever Angora Retreat that is open to both owners AND their rabbits. I have just gotten back from previewing the location for the gathering, and am very pleased that we, the rabbits and our spinning classes will all have plenty of room to work. This event will provide an opportunity for folks to learn new things about handling their rabbits as well as the fiber they produce. I am really excited about this Retreat.
We will spend from 2 pm Friday through 11 am Sunday together with our rabbits. We will shear them, clip toenails, check eyes/feet/ears and spend time on feed quality and routines. Then we will card, wheel spin, drop spindle spin, ply and sample widely differing angora yarns for the rest of the weekend. The Winterclove Inn will provide us with our meals and rooms so we may focus totally on practicing new skills.
There is even a provision to rent-a-bunny as well as a spinning wheel for the weekend!
Now that my Fall teaching schedule is calming down (a bit) I have looked at the planning sequence for this retreat and see benefits to having folks plan their bunny's coat care and harvest for a September 15, 2006, clip. To that end, I encourage folks who are considering coming to make their plans with me by April 15, 2006, so that they may be added to the Retreat newsletter list. This list will send reminders and information about coat care in a timely fashion so that everybunny coming is on the same page.