just arrived on martha's vineyard yesterday for a week of relaxing. i'm particularly excited about this year's trip because on wednesday i get to visit with susie gibbs of martha's vineyard fiber farm for a hand dyeing workshop!! i'll walk away with 5 skeins of their amazing yarn, dyed by hand (MY hand). and then on thursday or friday, i get to go to the island agriculture fair and see all the lovely sheep (and eat fried dough!). if i'm lucky, i'll get to see a sheep shearing demonstration.
if you don't already know about it, the fiber farm is a CSA model (community supported agriculture) flock. people buy shares of each season's shearing and get their shares as undyed or dyed roving or yarn. susie has a flock on the vineyard during warmer months, but also has a year round flock in hudson, new york. it's a really cool model of supporting local farmers (and herders). and susie is a blast.
i know, i know, i sound like an infomercial, but i really love this lady and the work she and her gang are doing.
http://www.fiberfarm.com/ (just in case you're interest is piqued).