A Woolly Lesson!
Here at the Oakeley Arms Hotel we're surrounded by the lush fields, sweeping countryside and beautiful valleys of Snowdonia, and there's quite a few residents of this landscape that love to chomp, bounce, graze and bleat their way through the seasons. They are one of our little country's most famous features.
Of course, we're talking about the fluffy, woolly, lovely sheep that are dotted across the hills and fields of Snowdonia! Wales is renowned for it's population of woolly sheep, but most modern breeds of sheep are thought to be descended from the wild mouflon of Eastern Europe and Asia. A sheep's woolly coat is the most widely harvested and used animal fibre in the world - it is sheared and utilised for a huge variety of purposes from clothes to bedding to house building materials.
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Turning the fleecy, woolly material that comes off the sheep into a usable piece of wool is an art that has been practised in Wales for many centuries. And if you fancy learning this ancient art, then you should get yourself down to the Moelyci Environmental Centre this Wednesday (12th September) where they're running a special course in yarn and wool spinning, in association with the BBC Handmade Britain initiative.
Spin the day away, and get knitting a bright woolly jumper, just in time for Christmas!!
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From 09:30 to 16:00.
Suitable for adults over 18 years
Cost £30 per person.