Friday, November 27, 2009

One In Every Color-Tangle

Luke and I went to tangle, a yarn store on Grand Junction's main street. Upon walking in the door we saw:

Sweaters in Every Color at the door and on the tree, as well as mittens on a garland in every color! This snow man is only one color, but isnt it clever?

and YARN in every color! A bonus? They had Amy Buttler fabric!! Yum! Only sad point is they wont be getting her new line until January.

These awesome delicate looking giant snowflakes were on the wall above the yarn. Sooo cool!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

A different Kind of Packing

On Wednesday we went on the best adventure to Horse Mountain Alpacas and visited Leah who showed us around the farm. Having recently become addicted to yarn and knitting, I have leapt at any opportunities to find out more about yarn and where it comes from . Neola met Leah at a farmers market and told me about it just so I could plan to make the trip. Jay, Neola, and Luke came with me.

Leah described the alpaca as being like cats, they're rarely the ones to come to you. Alpaca are, however, a little easier to catch. Leah is quite the expert at catching them!

The alpaca's fleece is soooo dense and much thicker than I had thought. My fingers just sank into the fleece.

Here is Leah letting me pose with this little guy! Isn't he adorable?!

Try 2. He wasn't so willing to listen to me.

Neola was very kind to take pictures while I gawked at the alpaca.

Leah told us that this guy likes to give kisses, and that it's the best way to coax him to come closer. Soooo...I kissed a girl ...and I liked it! Hahaha pop culture reference! Don't can tell by Luke's mildy disgusted face he's not especially jealous. I didn't get any germs, I inherited a rather large nose, and it turned into more of an Eskimo kiss.

I thought this chica was interested too, but right when I thought I'd wooed her...

She took a turn and went for Luke. I guess she knows a good lookin guy when she sees one.
Here's one of the babies. Sooo cute. OoooEEeeeh! Do you notice the fantabulously furry and lovable alpaca sized dog laying on the ground outside that fence? I'm not sure if that one is Max or Molly. They're companion dogs for the alpaca. (They keep the alpaca company, and break up any fights.) There's a board across the gate he's lying by because the way those dogs get from pen to pen is climbing up through the top gap. He's not supposed to get through that one. I'll believe it when I see it, but I'm still impressed.

Here are some of the nice male alpaca. They're kept in a separate pens. The girls are on the left. The more aggressive males have a nice cozy pen of their own.

Trying to make friends again.

So I guess high levels of testosterone in the males makes their fleece softer. Here Leah is holding him so I can feel the difference in this three year old males fleece.

These are the last two Pygmy goats, Christmas (the smaller dog), and Molly/Max. The Pygmy goats are in the same pen as the more aggressive alpaca. It's true, they can hold their own.

Here is the ornery guy himself and his buddy. The little play structure is for the goats. When they were younger, they climbed, now they sleep underneath.

Then Leah took us into the little side cottage/gift shop to show us several things. 1.) What the fleece looks like just after the alpaca is sheared (shorn?)
We also got to see lots of alpaca products and I even bought some yarn! I went with a white bulky. Wouldn't you know it, I forgot the name of the alpaca my yarn came from! Leah if you read this would you remind me?

Something I learned: Baby Alpaca doesn't really come from the babies. It can come from an alpaca of any age. Translation: Super soft is all that matters.

Giving Thanks in Alliterations

Fantastic Fiance
Continuous Crafting
Yummy Yarn
Done Degree
Faithful Followers (of my blog)
More Medically Sound Mother
Synical Sister
Dangerously Witty Dad
Friendly Future Family
Trusty Travel
Congenial Church Family
Wewarding Work

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

One In Every Color- Beads

Luke and I were exploring Main Street in Grand Junction. We stopped at Main Street Minerals & Beads.
Look at all the colors. It makes me happy they arranged them chromatically. :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Only One Color?

Or maybe two. I was packing for my trip to visit Luke and his family in Grand Junction. I'm a visual kid so I layed everything out on the bed to make sure I had what I needed/wanted. I took a step back to survey the math and noticed my color selections were very one track...
PS. We're going to visit an alpaca farm tomorrow! WoooH!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Kool Mittens and MossCap

Remember this yarn?My friend (Valerie's friend) Laura commissioned me to make her some mittens. Here they are fairly big and bulky.I washed and dried the wool mittens and they shrunk down, and tightened up to fit a bit better. They're not quite felted...but almost.I made her this hat to match. As I was finishing the mittens the yarn spoke to me and told me that they couldn't go on to fulfill their lives without a hat to make them a set. The hat was improvised. Lets just say I learned a lot. My mom tried to swipe Laura's hat. I guess that means there MIGHT be one in order for her too. Good thing I like knitting so much.I also finished this hat a while back. It's the Foliage hat. I love the pattern. I couldn't think of a purple dragon so I named this hat Barney...but I don't think Barney has scales...any suggestions?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

One In Every Color-Le Creuset

The other day I had just returned a purchase and thought I'd just stop in Sur la Table for a quick visit. One quick walk through and I realised just how MANY things they have their that come in every color! I asked the friendly staff if I might take pictures for my blog and they humored me saying yes. I took all kinds of pictures with my phone only to realise on the way home that I wasn't quite sure I would be able to get them off. Soooo I'm posting website pictures of the cool gadgets. You will probably see many more things from there but right now I'm just going to feature the brand Le Creuset. best known for their colored baking dishes, I became more enamored with their wood and silicone cooking utensils and accessories.

Just picture all of these goodies...

In all of these colors!Ok I was so bummed about not being able to use my pictures I finally remembered I could email them to myself!

Aren't they just delish!? I imagine food cooked with these utensils would even taste better!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

One In *Almost* Every Color- Corporate Logos

Aaron sent me this interesting graphic he found on Uniwatch. It's interesting to look at because there is a definate draw to those "power colors." It makes me glad my Etsy shop logo <here> is in pinks and purples! It also makes me wonder why not more green? Though I can see they left the favored John Deere logo off. That one is a biggie! Hah wouldn't it be funny if we could do this based on the clothes we have? Sure we can put our clothes in color order, but wouldnt it be cool if we could see them on a spectrum like this?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

One of Fresno's Treasures

Dear Friends, Some of you may know about Petunia's Place and some may not. It is a fabulous children's book store on Bullard and Marks in the Pavillion West Shopping center.
This is the place you can go for story time or when you need to find all the variations of Fairy Tales. When you want a funny picture book that is great to read out loud when kids come to visit. Petunia's Place is where you go to find a gift that you can be sure the kid doesnt allready have. You can go here when youre trying to find something to get that tween reading. It is privately owned and when I was there I overheard the owners talking about how they're struggling to stay open and having a hard time competing with the big book stores. This place is a treasure. Even more so than the library, the people who work there can make excelent reccomendations and answer almost every question. I encourage you to take a field trip there to check it out. Go to Storyhour, one of their holliday events, or just stop by. Their phone number is (559) 438-1561if you need hours or directions. Basic information can be found at the Pavillion West Shopping Center website <here>.

Every Thursday and Friday: Storyhour at 11:00 AM

Sat. November 21, 2009 11:00 AM Seasonal Party- Youngsters are invited to join us for a delightful time to hear seasonal stories and create their own special craft

Sat. December 5, 2009 11:00 AM Author Fair Book Signing- Jean Chaffee, Margarita Engle, Dorina Gilmore, Doug Hanson

Friday December 11, 2009 11:00 AM Presentation and Book Signing- Oklin Bloodworth Music With A Kiddie Beat!

Saturday December 12, 2009 11:00 AM Story Santa- Youngsters are invited to join us for a joyous time with Santa to create fond memories and hear seasonal stories

Saturday December 19, 2009 11:00 AM Seasonal Party- Youngsters are invited to join us for a delightful time to hear seasonal stories and create their own special craft.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Pause for Pictures

A while back when I was visiting Moscow, Luke and I got together with our photographer to take some engagement photos. Mike and Cami Dean <here> are a fantastic husband and wife team I found online. The whole gallery of our photos can be found <here.> These are some of our favorites. We started at the University of Idaho Golf Course and then went on to the campus. I was thrilled at Mike and Cami's suggestion to go onto campus because my first day there I wandered the campus just trying to capture some of the beauty of bricks and tree covered pathways with my little 4 year old digital camera. That we might have some of the campus where we met as part of our engagement photos made me giddy!I like the pictures because not only are we on the golf course, the rolling wheat fields are in the background.

This building is one of my favorites on campus. The stained glass window, ivy climbing up the brick. Inside one can find marble stairs worn by decades of students' footsteps.

We had so much fun taking pictures that day! A big thank you to Mike and Cami for such wonderful photos!