I didn’t come home with sheep but …

Here’s the completed Shining Star hat.

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Occasionally I come across Elizabeth’s Fiber & Yarn Store while searching for spinning products and have thought that I should make a trip down there to check it out in person. I love the idea of visiting a fiber store located on a farm. Yesterday I finally made the trip. My husband joked that he didn’t want me to come home with any sheep.

It was a pleasant hour drive from Seattle to Buckley. The shop is located in a renovated green farmhouse next to a goat pasture. I was pleasantly surprise at how large the shop is. Her yarn selection includes a variety of Cascade Yarns, Manos del Uruguay and various other brands. Not a huge selection but respectable. She also carries a full range of knitting tools and books. I picked out several balls of Cascade Fixation to knit another Shining Star hat.

Besides yarn Elizabeth carries fiber and three brands of spinning wheels.  I mentioned to her that I was interested in spinning wheels and have my name on waiting list for a Lendrum wheel at a shop in Seattle. I also mentioned that I hadn’t tried a Schacht wheel because I was afraid that I would like it but didn’t want to spend that much on a wheel. Well she invited me to try one. I spent a couple hours chatting, spinning and watching the goats in the pasture. The wheel was just too hard to resist. It’s just so smooth, beautiful and conveniently ready to take home. So now I’m a proud owner of a Schacht spinning wheel and a Strauch stool.

I look forward to returning to Elizabeth’s shop. She has started a monthly spinning group that I hope to attend in the future.

6 thoughts on “I didn’t come home with sheep but …

  1. Why do people have more than one wheel? I’ve run across many spinners that have several wheels. Is it because they usually by an inexpensive starter wheel and then have to buy a better one?
    I hope the Schacht will serve me well and that I won’t need to buy another one. I think I would have been happy with the Lendrum but I just didn’t want to wait. I heard the last order took four months to arrive.
    Fortunately I didn’t have to put a deposit on the Lendrum since it was already on order when I put my name on the list.

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  2. I love my Schact so much !The Rolls Royce of wheels ! I had 2 wheels for a while as I was reluctant to get rid of my first wheel.But I never used it.It’s gone to a dear friend in Mass.,from the U.K. !!! I know it’s going to be loved and used well.
    Your hat is marvellous.I love the shaping on the crown.
    One year we went to the Masham sheep fair,in the Dales [think James Herriot]- I had to stop my husband bidding on some Soay sheep which were going for £1 each.

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