Yesterday I had quite the trip driving a big loop around northern CA. I had two agendas – yarn, and sheep.
The first was to head down to the sleep, small town of Bodega, Sonoma to meet up with Hazel of Bodega Pastures. I have wanted to get my hands on her yarn for a while now, and I always aim to visit the farm when I purchase their fiber to get to know the place and people behind it, so I was glad it was finally going to happen! Hazel is a wonderfully kind and gentle women and was so welcoming to all my questions and queries. She runs a flock of around 200 sheep in which you can find Columbia, Corriedale, Romney, Suffolk, and Churro breeds.
I was so happy to have walked away with three different weights of naturally white yarn [the sport weight was a surprise!] I’m excited to get dyeing and knitting with these three yarns and see if there is a place for them within by Annie Claire. What are your thoughts? Are you a sport weight/bulky weight knitter?
Next stop – sheep.
At the beginning of the year I signed up with Mendocino’s UC Cooperative Extension program to take part in their 5 week Shepherd’s School. Although I am no stranger to animal husbandry [we live and work on a goat dairy farm], and have kept sheep for a while, I am excited to learn everything I don’t know. It is quite a drive from where I live and was happy to walk away from the first session feeling like the commitment is definitely worth my time. We also have a lambing field day at the Hopland Research and Extension center.
It was quite a day.
Naturally, my 3 hr drive home was filled with ideas, dreams, and visions.
Whenever I can I always stop and one of my favourite places where, when you leave, you are invited to take the words with you. Don’t mind if I do!