The other day I mentioned that we stopped by a place called Rising Fawn Fiber Studio. (The owner, Brenda McKaig, said that she is working on changing her website. It appears to be up, but not quite functional yet.) It was a really cute place, but unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of the house or the sheep.
From the street, the first thing you see of Rising Fawn Fiber Studio is the pasture. When we drove by the first day, the sheep were in the pasture. On the day we stopped in, I didn't see them. But, I sure heard them when we got close to the house! They were by the fence and were talking to us. Brenda said they think they should have feed from anybody that comes up the sidewalk. Between the house and the pasture is a picket fence with a picnic table on the other side. It looked like an inviting place to watch the sheep, but I was on a mission for yarn.
The sidewalk is flanked by hostas and other plants and leads to a cute little house with a nice front porch. As I walked into the front room, I thought "This is my kind of yarn store!" The room was filled with yarn, but not so much that it was hard to see everything. It wasn't too big, it wasn't too small, it was just right. :) There were several kinds of wool and cotton from which to choose plus there was a nice variety of Rising Fawn Fiber yarns from which to choose.
And there wasn't just yarn. Brenda had a nice selection of books, wool wash, needles, decorative sheep, needle felting kits, various weaving looms - the list goes on. Seriously, there was something for almost every fiber enthusiast.
The second room contained a weaving loom, spinning wheel, and the computer/cash register. (Bring cash or your checkbook because credit cards aren't accepted.) I also noticed a basket of clearance yarn, but my wallet was already in serious trouble, so I didn't give in and look.
I bought the Lamb's Pride for a felted bag. And I bought the cute little needle felting kit because I've really been wanting to try that. I'm also going to try the wool wash because it was much cheaper than Eucalan. My favorite part of all is the yarn spun and dyed by Brenda. It's called Fawn Silks and has 10% silk/20% mohair/70% wool. I love it! (The colors aren't accurate in the first picture and they are too dark in the second.) I love the subtle way the blue changes and how it is flecked with bits of green. It reminds me of ocean water. I'm knitting it into the Spiral Rib Bag from One Skein. I'm really enjoying this project!
Hours are by appointment and Brenda offers classes, Summer Spin-in Saturdays (6/9, 7/14, 8/25), and Stay N Stitch Tuesdays (6/12, 6/26, 7/17, 7/31). And there will be a Shearing Day Fest in November.
I suppose this might seem like an advertisement, but I just really enjoyed my visit to this studio. One hour wasn't enough and I hope to go back again. But, if I don't make it, Brenda does ship yarn! :)