As we travelled through lovely Vermont, I kept my eyes open for anything the Giveaway Llama might wish to share with you nice people upon our return.
The first day of our vacation, after a hearty organic home-cooked breakfast back at our bed & breakfast, we went on a series of adventures around the local area to see the sights and experience the delights of the Montpelier area.
I’m telling this out of order, but one of the places we found was a WONDERFUL local yarn shop, The Knitting Studio, right on State Street in the middle of Montpelier.
Leigh and Leslie showed me some local yarns and notions, and I was entranced by the community feel, the wide range of great yarns, and the huge table in the back of the shop for getting down to work with classes, knitting help, or laying out all the colours so you could really get a good look at them.
They maintain a wall of local yarns, either processed by local mills, or handmade by local fibre artists. I bought several of these handmade pewter buttons, poured into vintage molds by local gent Mike Barker of Barker Designs. (Most of these will end up in my handmade fascinators in the Etsy shop.)
With the Giveaway Llama whispering in my ear, I picked up a skein of hand-blended, hand-spun yarn made by a Vermont spinner named Deborah that is this week’s giveaway:
See the gorgeous greens/lavender blues/purples? It’s 2ply worsted weight (about that, anyway); 1.5 oz/70 yards. The fibre comes from a Romney sheep raised in nearby Moretown. And right on the label is a tiny swatch Deb knitted up so you can see how the yarn will work up.
This is a special skein you could use for fingerless mitts, or even a quick but luxurious hat. Or, pair it with some of your own great stash yarn to weave something marvelous out of it, make mitten cuffs with it…so many possibilities. It’s lovely and squooshy and soft…And it could be YOURS.
Standard giveaway rules apply as follows: Leave a comment on THIS ENTRY to be entered in to a random drawing for the yarn. I’ll close the comments Friday at midnight and announce the winner this Saturday just to start the weekend off right.
We loved this town. We wandered around, poking into the shops (most are locally owned, not a lot of big boxes here), ending up at Artisan’s Hand Craft Gallery, a shop showcasing the work of local potters, sculptures, woodworkers, jewelry makers, weavers, and so forth.
We spent a lot of time in there, marveling over the beauty of all the different sorts of handcrafts. My mother, who traveled a lot both as a child and as an adult, used to buy a piece of local art from everywhere she stopped, so that eventually, our home was an eclectic showcase of the best of the places we had been, full of stories of ordinary people she’d met in her travels. I’ve always loved that tradition, and so Nicholas and I bought two Vermont pieces.
Lovely photograph of a sparrow on wild flowers by local artist Tony Botelho.
Click to see the detail of this one: It’s a Vermont Wish Bowl, and the artist makes them in different sizes and woods and so each one is slightly different with a unique set of wish words.
Artist’s signature on base:
This one has a special place in our home now. Love it.
We ate at local yummerie The Skinny Pancake which makes delicious meals from the produce and bounty of local farms. Sooo wonderful.
We loved downtown Montpelier.
We loved every minute of our stay there, and hope that all its residents are recovering from the damage of the recent storms. We were there for one of the Big Ones…but that story is for another day.
Let’s get some entries for the Giveaway Llama’s Random Drawing on Saturday! Leave a comment. Doesn’t have to be brilliant, but it does have to be on this entry.