The "100 Spinners" Project

I have a dream. I want to help 100 people learn to spin this year. We've already had about 10 new spinners come through classes at the Little Red Barn, and that has been such a blast, but that clearly isn't going to get us to the goal.

Here's my crazy idea. I'm going to take 100 CD spindle kits to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival on May 1. Through the Jacob Sheep Conservancy booth, I'll give out free tickets to a flash mob spindle class to be held somewhere on the grounds on Saturday afternoon. When folks show up for the class, I'll trade them their ticket for an ounce of awesome Jacob wool to spin with. We'll have a short class, get a bunch of new people spinning, and send them back into the festival to buy wool and excellent spindles, and generally support the fiber community. And there'll be swag. You know how I love the swag.

Sound good? Help me get the word out. Tell anyone you know who might be attending MDS&W this year. We can all be part of the dream.

Farm update: once the snow melted the weeds weren't far behind. Henbit has exploded in the spinach patch. Time for some garden attention.

My friend Donna came by to get some areas ready for raised beds. Won't be long now...


  1. I'm so excited to read this! I'm Marsha from Fort Worth (Beanymama on Ravelry), knitter/crocheter and lover of animals and their fluff. I am so interested in your farm and the work you do, love this blog. I hope to bring my kids one day to observe shearing.

    Where is the festival located?

  2. Anonymous8:18 PM

    Omg!!!! I want to learn!!!! Can I bring my own drop spindle? I have a little stuff spun up...but I'd LOVE to get :) So far I'm self/internet taught. I'd love to know if I am doing this right at ALL. There are a few pics of my spinning on my blog somewhere but....yeah. REALLY want to learn more.

    Count me in! long as I can find a friend to drive up to MD with me!

    PS, Meghan from Stitch-It showed me to your project/site so she's spreading the word for you!!

  3. Hi Marsha! Please give me a call sometime and we'll arrange a tour! Our sheep are sheared, and I just had to totally change my plans for shearing the alpacas so we won't be able to have a public event for that. I'm bummed. But the weather looks messy for next week and that just won't do. Anyway, I'd love to meet you and show you around.

    The Festival I'm talking about is the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in West Friendship, MD. It's about 20-30 minutes west of Baltimore. It's acres and acres of fiber mania. Unbelievable. I've been 6 times - this year will be #7. It's incredible...

  4. Hey Pinkcowgirl - sounds great! Let me know if you'll be in MD, or if you're in my neighborhood, let's plan a class! We'll get you spinning!!

  5. I am definitely hoping to come to the flash mob spinning class. I don't know how early I'll be there on Sat, but hopefully you'll have some left when I arrive!


  6. Hey! Flashmob spinning WOOT! I will be there and looking for ya!

  7. Anonymous5:43 PM

    I want to me find you!!! I'll be at the festival

    SassySean on Ravelry

  8. SassySean - come to Barn 4, to the Jacob Sheep Conservancy booth and get a ticket before 2:30 PM. Then meet at the designated location (we'll tell you when you come to the booth). I'm hoping to have a bit of fiber for everyone and a graduation pin... gonna be a blast!

  9. Lisa - you're coming????? Woohoo!!! Can't wait to finally meet you, sister!!

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