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 Pre-Retreat Individual Field Trip Options

Yarn Shops 

The Spinning Room
190 Main Street, Altamont NY 12009;  518-861-0038
Tuesday: 10 to 6, Wednesday: 10 to 8 (open knitting from 6-8), Thursday and Friday: 10 to 6, Saturday: 10 to 4, Sunday: 12 to 4
The Spinning Room is about 20 minutes from the Albany airport and in addition to an amazing selection of major brand yarns, needles, and accessories, this shop stocks yarn and fiber from local dyers and farms.

Directions from Easton Mountain (70 minutes).

Lion Brand Yarn Shop
1814 Central Ave, Albany NY 12205
Monday-Wednesday: 10 to 6, Thursday: 10 to 8, Friday: 10 to 4, Saturday: CLOSED, Sunday: 10 to 5
This shop has all the Lion Brand standards you’ll find in the big box stores (with many at discounted prices), as well as some of their higher end lines that you would only find at their flagship store in Manhattan.

Directions from Easton Mountain (51 minutes).

Common Thread
508 Broadway, Saratoga Springs NY 12866;  518-583-2583
Monday and Tuesday: 10 to 6, Wednesday: 10 to 4, Thursday: 10 to 8, Friday and Saturday: 10 to 6, Sunday: 12 to 4
Located in beautiful downtown Saratoga Springs, this shop stocks many of the major brand yarns as well as yarn from local dyers and farms.

Directions from Easton Mountain (37 minutes).

The Yarn Shop at Foster Sheep Farm – MSKR Official Field Trip on Saturday
460 West River Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871;  518-338-6679
Call for hours/availability
This yarn shop is located on a working sheep farm where they raise Romney, Wensleydale, and Border Leicester sheep.  In addition to major brand yarns, you’ll find a selection of beautiful yarn and spinning fiber from sheep raised on the farm as well as Kromski spinning wheels, rigid heddle looms, and accessories.

Directions from Easton Mountain (26 minutes).

Battenkill Fibers
2532 State Route 40, Greenwich NY 12834; 518-692-2700
This full service carding and spinning mill features yarn and roving from sheep raised on many local farms.  Tours may also be available.  Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 3, but please call in advance to make sure.

Directions from Easton Mountain (16 minutes).

Local Fiber Farms

Alpacas of Breezy Hill Ranch
2215 County Rt 47, Salem NY 12865; 518-854-3680
Our 2015 unofficial field trip destination will be open from 1 to 5 on May 16th to 20th for anyone who wants to visit.  It is recommended that you call ahead as they may have some other obligations during this time.  A shipment of new yarns is expected in April so there will be lots to choose from!

Directions from Easton Mountain (34 minutes).

Elihu Farm
654 Beadle Hill Rd, Easton NY ; 518-753-7838
Elihu Farm features Romney and moorit sheep and exceptionally clean fleeces.  The farm will be open for visits from 2 to 4 on May 16th to 20th, and it is strongly recommended that you call ahead.  Our retreat takes place during lambing season so there will be young lambs scampering around, and the possibility to see them being born.

Directions from Easton Mountain (14 minutes).

Quarry Ridge Alpacas
453 Quarry Rd, Salem NY ; 518-854-7008
Quarry Ridge Alpacas will be open on Wednesday, May 19th and Thursday, May 20th, and other days by appointment.  It is recommended that you call ahead.  The fiber studio and shop features yarns spun from their herd of 25 alpacas. Some are 100% alpaca and others are blended with bamboo, angora, merino, sil
k, etc. About half the yarns are in natural colors and the other half are dyed here at the farm.  Dyeing workshops can be arranged.  Please call for more information and costs.

Directions from Easton Mountain (35 minutes).

DunRoamin Farm
466 County Route 10, Whitehall NY 12887; 518-499-1941
DunRoamin Farm raises Romney sheep of all colors and Satin Angora Rabbits. Please call ahead if you plan to visit.  If anyone is interested in fleeces please call ahead to find out what they have.

Directions from Easton Mountain (62 minutes).

Alpacas of Haven Hill Farm
20 Stevenson Rd, Greenwich NY 12834; 518-677-5111
The farm shop contains their own natural colored and hand-dyed yarn, roving, and many handmade finished products, including colorful and machine washable alpaca socks. We
Hours are restricted to just Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12 to 4.  Anyone who wants to stop by should park near the garage and then call Judy on her cell phone:  518-588-8655.  Someone will immediately go down to meet you and guide you into the farmstead.  Thank you for respecting this request.

Directions from Easton Mountain (11 minutes).

Ensign Brook Farm
1930 County Route 113, Greenwich NY 12834; 518-692-8769
Ensign Brook Farm raises Romney, Merino-cross, and Cheviot sheep.  Yarn, fleeces, and roving from their flock, as well as fresh maple syrup are all available in the farm store.  Please call ahead prior to visiting.

Directions from Easton Mountain (13 minutes).

Blind Buck Farm
346 Blind Buck Road, Salem NY 12865; 518-854-9382
Our 2014 field trip destination raises purebred Angora goats as well as Merino, Ile de France/Dorset cross, and Leicester Longwool sheep.  Farm store hours are from 10 to 6, and if anyone is interested in a dyeing workshop please call and schedule one at least one day prior.  The charge for just a workshop would be $40.  If we get a minimum of 3 people, then it would be $30 per person.  If you want to dye yarn they are purchasing from the farm store the charge for the workshop would be $60.

Directions from Easton Mountain (33 minutes).