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The sidewalk sale is always a ton of fun! Today is the last day of this years sale. It’s been fun and our awesome customers have come from in town to out of state to build a mountain of a “stash”.
We still have a couple bags…

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Kits…

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And fabulous yarns to move on out before fall calls on the yummy winter yarns.

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Yep there is Alchemy, Rowan, Tahki, and lots of the best in there.
Hope to see you all today!

Happy “Stashing”!
xx
Ash

Sometimes we need reminders. Stop and smell the roses. Listen. Put your naked toes I’m the grass. Enjoy your life it’s the only one you’ve got.
My friends and family are great reminders of this. Young and old and in between ๐Ÿ˜˜
Today our good friend Mary came to show us how to let loose Twirl style!

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Meet “Tid-Bit” a cute baby Shetland, pot gut of pure adorableness.

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Tid-Bit learned to slide today! It was an exciting adventure but one he dare not try himself. For being a tiny pot gut sheep with slippery hooves… He just thinks It won’t end well. So he let Mary hold him and he took several turns with his Mamma (Mary of course) and Waylon and his buddy, until he became famished and demanded requested the children hunt for green and yellow leaves. (Which were very specific in color and tenderness)

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And when his “pot” was good and full he told us funny stories about his travel to Petaluma with his Mamma. And how the Twirling Fatties kept tickling his nose! He had us rolling on the grass.

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We are happy to call Tid-Bit a friend and greatly appreciated the time he took from his busy schedule, of guest speaking at schools and summer camps, to visit us at the park today!
Thank you Tid-Bit (and Mamma Mary too)
xx
Ash
*Come in and see all the beautiful colors of the Twirling Fatties we just had delivered!!*

We are so excited to head back to Reno! At the end of the month my folks and I are taking a trip to JBW with the kiddo’s. (I’m sure we will have lots of kid photo’s in the “yarn tub”)
Here are some more shots of the shops transformation.
Have a great weekend!
Happy Knitting!
xx
Ash

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Saturday we had a dye workshop at Twirl in Napa, CA. The most amazing views!

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Some coffee and pastries

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We all talked and some brought knitting (smarty pants! I wished I had some) and Mary gave us the skinny on her experience and how she came to live on the amazing (seriously! Amazing!) 2,000 acre ranch in Napa. Surrounded by all the wonderful animals she loves and names.

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She shared her love of fiber and could barley hold back from just tossing the soft fiber on us (wishful thinking??) it was so soft and really white.

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Then we “foraged” for dye.. And by we I mean I gabbed away and watched all the happy dyers cut, pick, and pluck, for the dye baths.

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(Heading out in the mule to hunt)

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A soon to be dye!!

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We had four fiber choices to choose from. We could choose two from each table… I chose one of each fiber.

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We all picked a little something to put our yarn in..

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Then we plopped our yarn in the “vats” which all varied in sizes and materials. Bowls, pots set on camping stoves, and a huge iron pot on a fire (hot people).
While we waited for our yarn to have a relaxing tub of color we had a nice tour of a small part of Mary’s home.

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So much to see and do and to be done out here. It’s truly a hard working duo that keep this ranch running. The animals are loved and cared for and the garden is beautiful. It’s a peaceful place to be and a great way to disconnect from the phone and enjoy your surroundings.
I will share more but I’m leaving this as a “to be continued”. I took photos of my yarn and will be collecting photos of other dye day ladies too. Can’t wait to share!
Happy knitting!
xx
Ash

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(a pretty wildflower the Pops picked for the Mom’s on the ride to Reno – BTW did you notice the knitting needle?! ๐Ÿ˜‰)
My Mom has a real good eye for fibers, knitting, gardening, color and well finding the finds! So it only makes sense other shop owners would want to work with her. Laura, who is so cool (and YOUNG!) and my Mom have been working together. Laura helps her with the online world and my Mom helps her set up a rockin’ knit shop!
Here are some photos of last weekend in Reno at Jimmy Beans Wool


Welcome!

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Oh and it’s a beautiful drive

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Something about evergreens – life, fresh air… Mmmmm (this was Almanore… My folks went there after JBW – too pretty not to share)

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More beauty…

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Okay and here’s what ya really want!

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It’s so much fun to decorate and recreate a space! We can’t wait to share the finished shop in all it’s awesome decor!
Happy Monday! Happy Knitting!
xx
Ash

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New Madeline Tosh !! Lily is loving on a bundle of luscious Tosh Merino Light… This yarn is a shop favorite ๐Ÿ’œ Mmmm!
Happy Friday!

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You know when you can feel that something will be a life changer before it happens? This trip to OR this last weekend, was one of those. I’m really not into to flying- I would rather drive across the country to clam dig in Maine than get on a plane. And this one was tiny…. Chest tightening, ohhh no! It’s not a coffin, Ash it’s a plane. Mom did a good job of distraction by talking as the plan took off. The flight was so quick! Before I knew it we were on a train and heading to our friend, Sheri, who was picking us up in Portland. (mental note… Visit Portland!)
I was so excited when we hit the road and headed to Imperial River Co. the lodge where we were staying. Holy cow!! Right on the Deschutes River! A seriously amazing place. We grabbed our room key, dropped our bags in the room and almost ran to the river edge- where it was rushing into some rapids a little ways down. So amazing to think people of the ‘Oregon Trail’ crossed all of this (rapid rivers) on foot, horse, or wagon – pre bridges. Those were a strong bunch people.
Anyway Saturday was our day at Imperial Stock Ranch. The drive was gorgeous. The scenery was nothing like I’ve seen before. Vast expanses of flat land covered in sage brush and other short bushes and flowers that require minimal water. Sage green bushes, yellow, white and purple flowers, fields of crops that seem to shimmer in the wind, and dramatic skies (up until the morning we left)

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The town was called Maupin, OR (Jeanne pronounced it mop-in) what a cute sounding name -for a cute mini town.
Once we got there we were greeted by a couple pooches. The ranch was so much prettier than any picture I had seen of it – but at first look could have been just another ranch. Definitely not the case. I wish I had a video of our visit that you all could watch. This has been a working ranch for over 140 years and non of the history has been lost. Though the ranch has changed families the care and the process have not changed. It’s really amazing and very admirable. To stick – in a modern time of technology- to a 140 year old process.
There were several structures that were built in the 1800’s and still serve their original purpose. No imported materials, no power tools, 100% USA made with 100% man power. We are talking before cars, engines… Just hard work. I was blown away.

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The original barn

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This is the original corral for breaking horses… 1800’s!

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This was so cool. It was a giant grain bin inside the big barn. They still use this. Barley treats for the horses.

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Salted hides.

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This was in the sheep shearing barn. The wool was so clean and smelled yummy! What knitter wouldn’t love the smell of fresh wool?!
They are so resourceful and ‘waste not want not’ seemed to be the unspoken Moto of the ranch. The bags used for stuffing and sending out the wool were reused many times and not because of expense. Purely because the ones they had worked just fine.

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Jeanne climbed into a “chute” with one of the giant bags attached to the bottom. She gave us a demo… Someone tosses in the wool while the person in the bag stomps it down. Reminded me of stomping grapes for wine. She stomps the wool until she’s literally able to walk out of the bag. Everything about being a rancher is physical.

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We seriously loved all the bummer lambs! Holy moly! The cutest, cleanest, lambs we had ever seen. Thanks to the vegetation and lack of mud these babies stay clean.

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Inside the “Hinton” house was super cool too. From its winding stair case wrap around porch (with swing!), fun wall paper…. And did you notice?? It’s the Imperial Stock Ranch official yarn shop… It’s where the magic (the yarn magic) happens.

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Jeanne was a wealth of knowledge with a passion for the ranches history. She is a real pioneer woman with a twist of modern business woman. She is a woman to strive to be like. Hard working, funny, and full of life. I can’t wait to go back!
I wish I could translate the energy and the magic that we experienced on the ranch. It was hard to leave, to say goodbye and head back into a faster pace of modern life. The experience was enlightening and I am craving more! I wish I could be a fly on her boots and follow her around all day to see what it’s really like.
There is this natural urge to want to know all the crafts and skills of being self sustaining after visiting a place like Imperial. They literally would survive without a town, or help from anyone else for a real long time. Jeanne her Husband, Dan, all the ranch hands, family members, and yarn girls work hard to keep the traditions of the ranch and the local economy going. No importing to get them along. Purely USA, and not without struggle. Especially in this time where it can be hard and expensive to find products local or from the USA and fast and easy to order online and overseas.

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I have lots of info and an interview to share with you all… But I wanted to share these photos and give you a taste of the experience. It just doesn’t translate with words.
I want to rope the land like Paul Bunyan and close the divide between us and Imperial Stock Ranch. I feel like I’ve made a life long friend and I plan to visit again! I keep trying to think of a way that is practical to get me back there ASAP. KNITTING!!! he he
Can not wait to go back!
Happy knitting
xx
Ash

Ok party people!! This retreat will be epic! For real! We met Jeanne (the “ranch wife” as she calls herself) and she is awesome. I had a million questions after leaving and her love for the ranches history is absolutely contagious.
Enjoy this photos and I will share more tomorrow (after smooching up my fam, sleeping and COFFEEE) he he

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Happy knitting
xx
Ash

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We have become a little fancy! Shelli’s Necessary Cowl pattern is now available in the super cute/ easy to travel postcard! On the reverse side there is a little info on Shelli and the shop. (And a cute photo)
I love it!
Happy Knitting!
xx
Ash

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We will be saying good bye to our cute, not so little, chickie babes this week. Butter and Egg Days bring our awesome town more chicks than Easter.
Seriously will be hard to follow up that window display – not much as cute as those little fuzz balls!
We do still have some fun puppets if you missed out Saturday…
This week I’m sewing my kiddos a puppet “theatre” for the many Folkmanis puppets the Omi (AKA Gramma) has supplied. We have a few sewing books and I can’t wait to try out this pattern.
I also have some fun Pom Pom trim ideas to share… It’s gonna be a good week!
Plus my Mom and I are working on Imperial Stock Ranch sweaters and I can’t wait to do a little show and tell.
We also (I’m getting help from the shop girls with this one) have some book reviews! Love those right?! I am a book freak and buy them faster than I could ever read – or knit. Which leaves me with stacks of books all over our house. Book reviews are priceless… Could save a trip to the used book sales for an unread book๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Ours was filled with adventure, snow,
sunshine, friends and family. We even hung out with Laura and Huck from Jimmy Beans Wool … Good fun comes when yarn shops collide๐Ÿ˜‰

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Happy Monday! Happy knitting! And stay tuned this week for some fun projects!
xx
Ash

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