The bottom line is that I need more knitting hours in the day, because there is just so much YARN. Today I went to my very first knitting retreat which took place in scenic, rural, central Virginia, nestled in the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains. It was the kind of place where you kept expecting to see hobbits. The special guest speakers (and the reason why I went) were the ladies of Solitude Wool. They raise sheep and spin breed specific yarn. Breed. Specific. Yarn. It's taking yarn snobbery to a whole new level.
Is it just me, or is there a lot of merino out there? It seems like most of the wool I come across is merino. And I like merino. It's very nice. But there's also Corriedale. Romney. Cotswold. Border Leicester. Targhee. These are AMAZING wools, and many of them are raised right here in Virginia.
|Cotswold. This one is my favorite. It positively glistens.|
|Gorgeous Romney photobombed by a glass of chardonnay.|
|This is a skein of undyed alpaca from Platinum Alpacas, which was a vendor a the retreat. The lady at the table was just so sweet, and no one was going over there. I don't know why because her yarn was super soft and very weighty for alpaca. I see a future Milo Vest for my little boy out of this amazing yarn...|
What amazed me was the luster and shine of the Cotswold, Targhee and Romney yarn. Ok, I fell in love with them. And dropped some money on some gorgeous yarn. I left it in the bag, because it will still feel new when I have time to actually knit with it. It may be that now I only knit with yarn from Solitude Wool. It is amazing. I'm in love.
Here are a few facts about sheep that I picked up today that I think I can really use:
1. A sheep costs, like, $200. (Feeding them is kind of expensive though...)
2. You can keep 3-5 sheep on one acre of land. (I live on 1/3 of an acre! That's 1-2 sheep. Now to convince the HOA...)
3. Sheep do not require shelter. They do require shade. (I can handle that.)
So, I need a sheep. Or two.