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Spinning! Weaving! Hand Dying! Knitting! Felting! I Am Pretty Certain I Have Discovered Fiber Heaven!
Submitted by Pam on Mon, 05/20/2013 - 17:13
I spent the entire first five hours of our drive stitching as fast as I possibly could - as if what pieces of the marked lines remained were fading before my eyes! They weren't of course, but I wasn't taking any chances!
Actually, I am glad to have this part completed - the building outlines. Now I can start filling in with some new fun sampler stitching! Which I will be sharing soon!!
Seriously. Fiber Heaven! Warm, cozy, comforting even on the chilliest, darkest and rainiest of Pacific Northwest days. I could almost spend every afternoon for the rest of my days sitting in this room playing with fiber.
And this is not all of it! There is much more to the right! Much more to the left!
The studio is quite large - plenty of room for several weaving looms, several spinning wheels, skeins and skeins of hand dyed, hand spun wool and wool blend yarns. In addition - bags and bags of hand dyed roving, felted items, knitted items, and racks and racks of hand-woven textiles! No way could I get it all in one shot!
My crafty budget only allowed for a couple skeins of yarn - this is what I settled upon. Sumptuous, delicious, gorgeous hand spun, hand dyed (synthetic organic compound dye), Merino/silk 2 ply. Light and airy as a cloud and soft as - well - silk!
Every bit of the process from sheering, washing and carding to dying, spinning and plying was done on the farm and in the studio.
We found Maria's Studio quite by accident - even though we have driven right by it at least 50 times over the past 12 years! While in Friday Harbor (on San Juan Island, WA state) I googled 'yarn shops in Friday Harbor' in the hopes of finding hand spun yarn. In addition to a yarn shop located in Friday Harbor, Warm Valley Orchard, Orcas Island, WA popped up!!! Thank you google. I used to hate you for offering more than I request!!! I will never complain again!!!
Here is the link to the Warm Valley Orchard web site. It is a simple and straight forward site but there is a link to a map, address, business hours and a little about the owners Bob and Maria Nutt. And you can get a couple more peeks at Maria's Studio on the "About Us" and "Products" pages.
Fiber isn't the only treat to be found on the farm! We came home with Italian Lamb Sausage and Pork Breakfast Sausage in our ice chest. All home made on the farm. And soooo delicious.
And in addition to very happy sheep, Bob and Maria grow and harvest fruit and nuts from over 100 trees on the farm ... and maintain a huge vegetable garden! You will find whatever is in season also available when you visit!
If you live in the Seattle/Portland part of the country or are planning a visit to the San Juan Islands, be sure you make time to visit Maria's Studio.
As much as I dislike riding ferries, I am already looking forward to my next visit!!!!
And speaking of ferry rides. (And long drives). I used my time very well!
The pattern is Tara's Tunisian Scarf by Ellen Gormley- found on Ravelry.
And I basted lots and lots of hexes! The mini muffin tin cups are full to the brim! Time to start adding them to the tree skirt. The hexie travel kit worked brilliantly BTW!
The first project I pulled out to work on during the long drive from the southern to to nearly the northern border of Washington state - the other end of the Dutch Canal House table runner.
What I wasn't expecting when I pulled it from it's protective pillowcase was that the blue marking pen lines are fading away!!! Freaked me out!
Thank goodness I had laid the lines out perfectly on grain. I was able to stitch from one lingering faint mark to another right along the fabric grain! (Thank you Carina for teaching me the importance of grain when applying a pattern to fabric!)