Miles and miles, and yarn, and sheep

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!

6 thoughts on “Miles and miles, and yarn, and sheep

  1. I am using a sport weight yarn right now for the first time actually and I’m really liking it! Making a cute Tottoppers hat and cocoon for my nephew on the way.

    • yay! Baby knitting. I have only recently got into knitting with sport weight too, maybe I’m impatient, I like the faster chunky stuff!. But I do love the detail and fabric yarns create. How did those slippers come out!?

  2. I just got back from a trip and waiting for me at home was a box filled with yarn that I had ordered from you. It’s beautiful and I can’t wait to finish all my deadline projects so I can begin to knit with your yarn.

    I hope that you add Sport weight to your collection. I love to knit with fingering and sport.

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