Recap: Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair 2016

Posted on May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

This past Saturday my friends and I attended the Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair (LIFFF) which is sponsored by the Hallockville Museum.  We took a bus out to Riverhead and were pleasantly surprised by sunny weather. 

Size is the difference between this event and the New York Sheep and Wool Festival (Rhinebeck).  Most people I know go to Rhinebeck to buy yarn and fleece. Every so often they take a quick detour through the animal barns. At LIFFF you see and learn the history behind the fiber crafts and your shopping can be done in less than an hour.


LIFF animals

We did a quick round of shopping and went to visit the animals. I used Periscope to live stream the sheep, llamas, places, and cows. If you have the app I believe to can see it since Periscope recent started to save the streams (username: soozenyc).  

We just missed Tabbethia from Long Island Livestock Company shear a llama but we did have the chance to talk about natural dyeing with museum volunteer, Colette.  She encouraged us to save our avocado skins and pits if were want to dye some pink yarn.


Knit n Wine

In our goody bag there was a coupon for a free wine tasting at the Martha Clara Winery which was on the other side of a busy road.  We managed to cross safely and grabbed some lunch before having some wine.  We enjoyed our "knit n wine" so much that we each purchased a specialized flight of wine sampling ("Aromatic", "Estate", "Library").

The day got cooler and cloudier as late afternoon approached.  Driving back into Manhattan on a Saturday evening was a traffic nightmare but the delay helped us narrow our restaurant choices for dinner (yay internet!).


Momosan Ramen Sake Chiagu Blog

We ended our day at Momosan by enjoying delicious bowls of ramen noodles.  We passed on the sake selection since we already had wine with our lunch.  But will are definitely going back to try the sake!

Posted in Fair, Fiber, Fleece, Hallockville Museum, knitting, Llamas, Long Island, Martha Clara Winery, Momosan, Periscope, Ramen, Wine

Hooked on Periscope

Posted on May 05, 2016 | 0 Comments

I recently got hooked on the app Periscope.  My husband found someone who "scoped" one of the Bruce Springsteen concerts at the Barclays Center and we ended up watching the last hour of the show.  

Periscope is basically a streaming video service with text commenting and feedback.  The videos can be as short as 1 minute or as long as 90 minutes.  When you follow a user you get a notification that a live stream is about to start and you decide whether to watch or not. You can ask questions or make comments during a live stream.  Video replay is available for 24 hours although this seems to be changing.

I've visited Hong Kong three times in my life and I found two Periscopers who stream everyday: Penguin6 and John Ho.  Penguin6 (first name is Andrew) is an American living the expatriate life with his family in Hong Kong (his wife works in the financial industry) and he provides the non-Asian perspective.  John Ho is a Hong Kong native who provides insights into daily life and the Chinese culture. John hosts video chat sessions to answers your questions. One reason I enjoy their video streams is that they don't focus the camera on themselves, 95% of the time the focus is where they are and what they are doing.

I am not a You Tube person but Periscope really has intrigued me.  Have any of you tried Periscope?

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