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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Yarnival: A yarn fair

Yarnival - You are not alone if you have never heard of such a 'thing'.   I found out that Boeger winery in the foothills was holding a Yarnival event.  Intriguing, right? . . . and it was an experience.  Those who love dying and spinning yarn, this is for you, but if you knit or crochet you can definitely find some hand-crafted and spun yarn for your projects.

It was interesting to see how they dyed yarns and then would take the fiber and sit and spin it.  I never really thought about how they made yarn, but have read a bit, in passing, about spinning.  Personally, I thought spinning was a "lost" art, though it seems to be making a come-back.  And why not?  If you own sheep, llamas, angora rabbits or other animals with such fur coats, then why not use the fibers to make your own yarn.  Having the ability to control the type of dyes you use and the skill to spin it makes knitting or crocheting your own projects even more unique and rewarding.  Granted spinning yarn is time consuming, but it's a hobby and an art.

Besides the vendors and yarn, you could make your way to the tasting room to taste some red or white wines.  There are a few snacks and cheeses in the tasting room for purchase and home-baked doggie treats too.  It's a dog-friendly winery, just be sure that you have your dog on a leash, pick up after it and it is well-behaved.  I love finding dog-friendly wineries, but that can change if dog owners are not responsible.  Boeger winery is also on the Western edge of Apple Hill and all the orchards, but it wasn't apple season yet, so I didn't bring home any apples.

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