Goodies From A Recent Roadtrip

The last few days have been quite enjoyable for my husband and I.   During our time off together we took a day trip up to Show Low,  which is located in the White Mountains of Arizona.

We stopped by Show Low Lake, once a childhood spot of my husbands.  He has many fond memories of fishing in this lake.  We both were quite sadden to see the lake down so much.  Like many, we desperately need rain!

I was very happy to be able to stop into a favorite spot of mine, The Pinetop Star.  This shop is filled with gorgeous fabrics, a good selection of books, patterns, antiques and even yarn.

I came home with four skeins of natural Jacob from a local farm in Snowflake, along with 4oz of Jacob roving to spin.  The 3-ply skeins are super squishy soft dk weight.  The only thing I don’t know is the yardage, so I will have to measure this out on my kiddy noddy to find out.  This color is very neutral, almost a soft gray/brown.  I’m thinking this will be great for a cozy shawl.

The roving is very soft as well and has a tiny bit of vegetable matter, but it will come out with carding.  I’ve not spun Jacob, so I’m really excited about this.  I’m hoping to start spinning this bit of fiber after I’m done with my Polwarth.

I was hoping to find out about this local farm, but there is no information online and I neglected to ask the folks at the Pinetop Star.

The Jacob is a British breed of domestic sheep. It combines two characteristics unusual in sheep: it is piebald—dark-coloured with areas of white wool—and it is often polycerate or multi-horned. It most commonly has four horns. The origin of the breed is not known; broken-coloured polycerate sheep were present in England by the middle of the seventeenth century, and were widespread a century later. A breed society was formed in 1969, and a flock book was published from 1972

I also picked up a book I’ve wanted since I’ve seen it, Sew Many Notions “Wonderful Wool Appliques, Simple Stitcheries and More by Debbie Busby of Wooden Spool Designs.  Also bought two Primitive Gathering patterns, All Hearts Come Home  For Christmas and Snowball Candle Mat, and a few DMC cotton threads.

It was a really good day and it was nice to be able to leave the heat of Phoenix to enjoy a little more cooler weather.
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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