The Sheep to Sweater Series featured five different programs surrounding fiber arts and the process of making wool yarn.
We began our series by touring a sheep farm and learning about raising sheep, the production of wool, shearing, fleece, treatment, spinning and roving wool. The next class was led by a heritage life skills teacher who showed us how to use a drop spindle to spin roving wool into yarn. We then learned how to hand dye wool yarn using acid dyes and yarn purchased from our local yarn store. Participants also learned how to use a yarn ball winder and a swift, which is equipment available in our Learning Lab.
Finally, we finished with a class on how to knit taught by the local yarn store owner and a class on how to crochet with a volunteer who runs a local arts organization.
The Sheep to Sweater Series started with a trip to a sheep farm and continued with knitting and dyeing.