Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Smallest Sheep & Wool Festival Ever

I spent a sunny, breezy Sunday afternoon demonstrating rug hooking with my guild, the Peconic Ruggers, at the Sherwood-Jayne Farmhouse in Setauket, New York.  Part of the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, the farm is off the beaten path, nestled in a pretty residential neighborhood.

Four sheep milled under the old trees, waiting to be sheared.  Several other guilds were present, including the knitters, the quilters, and the spinners. A couple played lovely, lilting music on a dulcimer and a fiddle throughout the afternoon. 

I managed to get some hooking done, despite chatting away with our illustrious president, Louise, and members Margaret and Susan.  We met lots of interesting people and our work was well-received.  Late in the afternoon we succumbed to ice cream cones from Mr. Softee -- I don't think I've had a Mr. Softee ice cream cone since I was 12 . . . and, boy, was it good!

At home, Pete and I are trying to keep up with the weather.  We were so cold over Memorial Day weekend we had the heat on.  Four days later it was so hot, we put the air conditioning on.  Today is glorious -- cool breezes, bright sun and dry air.  My dryer is making funny noises, so I hung the wash out on the line to dry this morning.

The cool weather has made for a long lettuce season.  We have been making magnificent salads for dinner every night, and giving away bags of lettuce to all of our neighbors.  Today, Pete picked the scapes off his garlic crop and I will be making garlic scape pesto for dinner tonight.  The first time I made it I thought it would be too sharp to eat, but when it hits hot pasta, the garlic flavor is transformed.  I found the recipe here: Dorie Greenspan

Last but not least: Barb and I will be vending at the Eastern Long Island Quilters Guild 32nd Quilt Show this weekend.  Come join us at Suffolk Community College in Riverhead for a day of fiber fun.

1 comment:

Julia said...

I'm sure the festival will grow and get more attention. Bigger is not always better.
It has been a nice breezy day here too and very comfortable.
Hope your week goes well.