Monday, May 10, 2010

What's Up Doc?

The following message is from Erica:

There was some interest in angora rabbits back when I did a carding demo. I received the e-mail below from a rabbit rescue organization of which I am a member. There are over 100 angora rabbits being rescued in Canada right now, and they are in need of homes.

It is fairly rare to see angoras available for adoption, so if anyone was considering one this is a great opportunity. Anyone interested should read through all the great house rabbit care information at and if they've decided that they're ready for a house rabbit they can contact Shannon in MA directly with their interest.

If any of our members would like to speak to me in more detail about keeping house rabbits or keeping angoras, they are welcome to contact Erica by leaving a comment.

The Dye Garden is starting its group on Monday evenings, weather permitting, from 5pm to 8pm to work on the garden. Others are welcome and help is appreciated by any husbands, sons, etc. who might help with the initial preparation of the bed. A big thank you to Mary Jo Gadd for bringing plants back from Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Gentle Reminder

Don't forget to bring your undyed skeins of any size to the meeting tomorrow! We need these for two upcoming events.

Our guild is only as strong as its members. If you have any ideas for activities or have skills you can share with the group, leave a comment or talk to Donna, or any of the board members. We would love to hear from you!

Happy Mother's Day to one and all:)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Whispering Pines Open House

From our member Jenn Johnson:

You are invited to attend our annual open house, which we are holding over Memorial Day Weekend. We will be open two days this year:

Saturday, May 29th from 10 - 4
Sunday, May 30th from 1 - 5

Come and meet the flock, watch the lamb races, have a slice of rhubarb pie and a cup of coffee!

I will have raw fleeces, fiber, yarn and knit items available for sale.

Check out our web site for other area attractions, we are close to Darien Lake, Iroquois Wildlife Preserve, Amish country, and the Niagara Wine Tour.

Hope to see you then!

Warmest Regards,
Jen and Rich Johnson
Whispering Pines Registered Shetland Sheep
9920 Chestnut Ridge Road
Middleport, NY 14105

Monday, May 3, 2010

May 9, 2010 Program Notes

There is no formal program, due to Mother's Day, attendance will be unpredictable. Instead we're planning a casual, get-to-know-each-other "Spin-in" with a twist of course! Bring your wheels and spindles. We'll set up outdoors if it's pleasant.
We hope you have been collecting your onion skins and undyed, orphan, handspun skeins to donate for the dyepot-tassel fundraiser! We hope to demo the many possibilities of onion skin dyeing next month on these skeins as prep for making tassels to sell at the Sheep to Shawl even in July at Hull Family Homestead & Farm.