Sunday, September 19, 2010

Girls Day Out

Early this week, knitter friend Judy P took us to visit Ft. Collins and Windsor, CO for fantastic knit and wool shops. We met at park and ride but you know it isn't easy to find a place to park in the lot during the week--luckily, there was one spot open just as we arrived. So off we go, driving north! Our first visit in Fort Collins was My Sister Knits.
The shop is located on a residential street. And you know it's the right location when you see this tree hugged in the front yard. Walk through the gate of the white picket fence to arrive in the lovely backyard and find the little shop in the back. What a location! So peaceful! A great place to sit and knit on a wonderful day......The shop is decorated with a fall theme
and the yarns, oh, my! and the welcome--warm and friendly. Upstairs in the loft area, several gals were visiting as they continue with their knitting. Purchasing Cascade 220 yarn that will be knitted into gaiters for soldiers being deployed in November, some double pointed #1 needles and a wonderful sock yarn from Pagewood Farms, we proceeded back into the garden.

Look!! off to the side is a chicken coop, which wasn't noticed when we first arrived.
It seems that city chicken coops are 'the thing' now. Denver Botanic Gardens is even sponsoring a chicken coop tour in October. Chicken coop owners will open their backyards to show off their critters and to share with visitors their love for what they do and their experiences. As efforts for sustainable living have risen, chickens and other urban livestock keeping have also become more popular among residents of many cities in the US.

Our next stop is Lambspun Yarn Shop, which also combines a small luncheon spot--perfect timing for us as noon has come and gone. After finishing lunch, we walked swiftly through the shop--nothing here of interest for us. Onward we journey, south to the small town of Windsor, three miles off to the east of I-25, . We had visited here last summer and found The Wool Shoppe--a great place for wool fabric and quilting supplies. Their selection is outstanding and their walls are covered with completed projects. As we sat in the House of Windsor, across Main Street from the Wool Shoppe, with a cool drink, Judy pulled out this pair of socks that she knitted on her sock knitting machine. She said "these are for you!" Oh my goodness! She had one toe to close in and showed me how it was done. What a great gift--thank you Judy P!! It was a good day spent with a friend.

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