Our Annual Olds Trip for a Dose of Fibre (yarn really)

July 1, 2013

Olds HaulEvery year I look forward to the trip to Olds for their Fibre week.  It is such a wonderful opportunity to buy local yarn direct from the seller or farm.  Of course Fia comes with me, and we have found enough fun things to do in Olds to make it a great day.  But first, the haul!  Starting on the left, this is my traditional skein of Peter Rabbit from Fleece Artist.  I just love this stuff, and it is a rare find in stores, much less this awesome blue/green colour.  I buy one a year from Pam’s Wooly Shoppe!  Next up is 4 skeins from Spring Harvest Farms.  This is a local farm that raises mohair goats, and all of this yarn is a blend with 30% wool.  I managed to get some of this at the Stampede one year, and fell in love with the uber softness of it.  I also love, love the dying that the lady who runs the farm does.  The purple/white is a good example, such a lovely blend.  This will be a hat for me for sure.  The solid purple next to it should become a bigger cowl, while the bulky blue will hopefully become a new winter hat for Fia.  Next up is a whole pile of yarn I couldn’t resist, especially not after getting “Knitting with Icelandic Wool” out of the library.  I have an uncontrollable urge to knit the whole family sweaters from this book, especially Fia, there are so many good kids dresses/sweaters.  This lopi is from a farm just south of Bragg Creek, Heidi Woolens.  She was unaffected in the recent flooding as the sheep live up in the mountain area.  The brown is so dark it looks black, and will make an incredible Ranga.  The yarn is grown and spun in Alberta at Custom Woolen Mills.

Love MugThis year I came home with not one but three mugs from “Heather” who is based just south of Edmonton.  My new mug is perfect for my morning espresso, small enough to seem full, and tucks into my hand like it was made for it.

Fia pulling up the plants in Olds

After we were done with the vendor market (I wasn’t done, but my small companion was) we headed out to enjoy the beautiful grounds of Olds College.  Fia played in puddles which delighted a few passerbys, attempted to steal this nice plant which we quickly replanted, and had a grand old time running around the lawns.  We then went out to lunch where she discovered how cool it is to have ice cubes in your water.  Such small things that we take for granted delight this little girl.  How wonderful to experience everything with her.

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