Oh man- what a weekend! It was incredible fun! Hello Shirley, Cathy, Barbie, Barb, Ruby of the Montreal Knitting Guild! In these shots, we are at the Wilton Road Motel, where they have a small, but very efficient, spinning operation (that's Paul, one of the owners, at work). They take mostly local fleeces, and spin them into whatever the owner's specifications, and then they return the farmer's own fleeces back to them. They are very careful about that part-a farmer is proud of his/her own product, and would not be pleased to have another person's wool returned to them. So, there is wool, and alpaca, and chiengora (there was a huge pile of Samoyed fur that had been brushed out of the dogs waiting to be mixed with merino and spun) and angora, as well as sea cell and silk and bamboo. Then we went into the store that they have-great fun!!! (I should have taken a picture of all the things they have!) Tracy, who works at the mill, was a living doll-great tour guide.
Yesterday, we went to a local store, WoolTyme, for coffee and muffins and spending. Later, after lunch, we went on a trip to the Wool Room, owned and operated by Mabel, who has been around the sheepdog trials and the wool business for quite some time (she is doing her retreats again-this time in November)(ugh-report card writing time for me). Then the group went off to other things, and I went off homeward to go and make sure my family recognized me when I came into the house. (They did!)
The ladies were just great- told many stories, listened to others-I certainly had a great time!
Off to grocery shopping, making supper, and then marking papers-(Blech-I'd rather be knitting)