So after many posts of just patterns, I decided I'd start a short blog on my latest adventure - farm life. I'm from Northern California (near the bay area) and have recently moved up to a small town in Washington State near Bainbridge Island with the primary goal of learning the process of knitting from step one. This includes taking care of the sheep, watching the birth of the babies, shearing, carding the wool and then spinning and dyeing it. I'll also learn other fiber arts such as weaving and machine knitting!
In addition to this side of the farm life, much more will be learned! Milking the goats are a huge part of life here. The milk is used for many things; it's bottled and sold to the public along with cheese and soap manufacturing. After the babies are finished with the mama's milk, we'll then get to start these processes! And of course there's the everyday farm chores of feeding all the animals - rabbits, chickens, sheep, goats and the doggies -as well as collecting eggs and vegetables for our own consumption.
So I'd like to start this collaboration of photos with a few cool things I saw on my 3 day drive up here.
First was the Avenue of the Giants in Northern California and the field of elk!
Early morning overlooking Portland in the aerial tram. I had gotten up at 5:30 and made my way up to the tram in hopes of seeing the sunrise, but unfortunately it was too cloudy. So to make my morning even more interesting, I took a one hour ride in the street car through the streets of the West side of Portland.
Followed by my trip around Portland on the street car, was venturing to many of the yarn shops in the area. And what better timing than opening day for the Rose City Yarn Crawl! I went to Angelika's, Twisted, Happy Knits, Urban Garden and Pearl Fiber. Here are pictures of my two favorites!
And then I reached Seattle! Here's a photo of the gorgeous view from the Bainbridge Ferry!
And of course I had to visit Churchmouse! What an amazing store!!
Go to Part Two: The Farm to read more!