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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Coming and Going... in the Sacramento Valley

Yesterday was the third time in a week that I have driven to the Valley. Twice I have gone to the hospital to see the eye doctor. Thursday for an eye exam and to order the eye glasses... then yesterday to pick up my new glasses. That's a record for getting a new pair of glasses. That's five days with a weekend in between. I've never received new prescription glasses that fast... ever. When they called yesterday to tell me the glasses were ready, I was stunned. Do you suppose that they are getting stimulated by the government?
On Saturday I drove down to Elk Grove for our monthly goat meeting. This was fun. The day was beautiful. I got to see Dick and Jane's farm, again, their big ol' dogs and their flock of Alpine Goats. We had a good meeting. Talked about the Cal-Am Goat show in Plymouth on May 7th and what needed to be done before the event.  I will host the next meeting. Guess I had better let Brownie Goat know that we are going to have company. I don't want him to stress out.
At one point after the meeting, I asked the really important question.... "Where can I get some goat fleece?" This was the right group to ask. I now have three different sources for wool fleece and yarn in this area. Thank you Jane, Elenore, Rebecca and Gwen for all the information. Especially Gwen who emailed me all of the names and phone numbers of the sources. I REALLY appreciated it

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Yesterday I drove down the highway to South Sacramento and picked up my new eye glasses, had some lunch and then (as a treat for all the weary driving and .... and for having to drive in all of that traffic.... and for the strain on my country bumpkin mentality.) I went to....
I needed a very small sized pair of needles for the knitted flowers that I've been making. I walked out of this store with a bag filled to the brim with MORE YARN and some wool fabric.
This wool fabric is so beautiful. I can't find it anywhere in the mountains. So I grabbed it up when I saw it. I thought it was on sale. There was this sign above the bolts of fabric that said 30% off. Well, I just grabbed it and had it cut before I realized that it wasn't on sale. I also didn't look at the price. I thought I did.... but obviously, I didn't. I'm embarrassed to tell you what it was per yard. I just can't tell you. All I can say is that I will save and use  every little sliver of this fabric... if I have to saute the pieces and eat them  for dinner.
The Paton's Classic Wool Roving is wonderful to work with. I just had to get more of it. and then I saw this yarn...
This is Paton's Classic Wool yarn that is wonderful for felted projects. This one is called "Harvest" but I think it's way too bright to be called something so autumny. I think "Gypsy" would have been a better name. It does have some orange and green in it but it also has purple, dark red and a bit of dark gray in it. This yarn is very pretty when it's knitted but I felted a swatch of it last night and it's even more beautiful when felted.
I did buy the needles I needed. I almost forgot in all my excitement.
Then, as I walked up to the check out stand, I saw the magazine rack and stopped in my tracks.  Low and behold, there was this magazine waiting for me. Isn't it funny how this happens. As if it was set out there for someone special. A MAGAZINE ON FELTING.... from Australia.
I had never seen this magazine before and I believe it's the only FELTING magazine on the Pacific Rim.... so I grabbed it. Most knitting magazines will have an article on felting once in a while but this is a whole magazine filled with everything felt.
Lots of articles by felt artists....


 How to make "Wannabees"...

and little pink pigs....
















and beautiful purses...
I haven't kept the promise I made to myself... to finish each project before starting another. It's a promise I should have never made . I just can't do it. Too many ideas. Too many wonderful yarns.....
In this magazine there was an ad for a business called FIBREWORKS- hand dyed felting supplies.
And look who gets most of the credit..... THE ANIMALS.  Where would we crazy, knitting/felting maniacs be without these wonderful animals.

AUSTRALIA, YOU ROCK.


So now it's back to making some little flowers and handles for the purses in my head. 
What do you think? With or without the button???

7 comments:

Mike Golch said...

I miss Sacramento.

Madeline's Album said...

What beautiful material and yarn. You really hit the jackpot at this store. I say with the button. Have a blessed day and continue your felting and knitting. Madeline

Reddirt Woman said...

What a happy Farmlady we have today! Talk about striking gold... The Prospector could take lessons from you except this is gold for the soul and not the wallet. lol... I know exactly how you feel when you run across something that is special to something you love doing. I had a similar experience with a jewelry magazine... and it was also from Australia. Enjoy your felting!

Hugs...

The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

I love that fabric you've bought. Classy!

Pauline said...

Firstly, I say without the button.
Your new wool and material looks wonderful. And I think after all that rushing back and forth you deserve a magazine you will love.

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Oh Oh...I'm going to have to see if I can find that magazine too! That fabric looks gorgeous. Classic wool...nothing like it. Fun times ahead for the farmlady!

Nancy K. said...

What a find!

I love the fabric and yarn ~ very classy!

I think I like the flower better with the button.

I need to do some more felting too ~ what cha working on????