Monday, October 12, 2009

autumn studio tour

John and I got away for a bit of a date on Sunday afternoon. It was a gorgeous day and the local artisans were hosting their autumn studio tour. We've done this tour before and thought we'd hit some of our favorite studios. It was one of those last minute ideas that turned out to be such a great decision! First we stopped at Heisler's pumpkin stand. They sell heirloom pumpkins, squash, gourds and apples. This is where we buy many of our apples in the fall. It's a feast for the eyes! We got some Mutsu and Jonagold apples and two varieties of squash. Then we stopped at Dancing Leaf Farm and I picked up some yarn for the Mystery Sock KAL. I had some limelight from Posh yarns, but I wanted something a bit more seasonal. (fallish!) I found the perfect sock yarn!Dalis spins, and dyes her own fiber...she's got a great little studio. It's hard to resist all her temptations. I also got this yarn to knit a scarf for Mckenzie..she got a new (thrifted) winter coat and she requested that I knit her a scarf...how could I resist? While I was fondling fiber, John visited with the chickens and the sheep. He's such a good sport! Come to think of it he was visiting with the "before" and I was holding the "after". Next, we made an unexpected stop at an Alpaca Farm that was having an open house. We got to talk to the owners, pet the alpaca and hang out in the fields watching them do their thing. They are really fascinating creatures. They are from the camelid family and they are quite curious and gentle. As soon as we showed up they all came walking towards us to check things out. Finally, we took the long way home, enjoying the fall colors, the beautiful scenery and each other's company. What did you do this past weekend?...I hope it was a good one.

22 comments:

Designs on 47th Street said...

It looks like the perfect fall getaway to me! I know you enjoyed each other's company. Don't you love seeing all the different varieties of pumpkins, squash and such? Some are so strange and fun looking. Sooo, do tell, is this the yarn we will be starting with? Oh, and I loved your dear dishcloth post. There is nothing nicer to wash dishes with than a handknitted cloth. I only own one.

Donna

Meg said...

What a lovely day! It looks like you had a wonderful time.

Kristyn Knits said...

what a perfect Sunday you had! I would have loved to tag along! I spent the weekend with friends in cincinnati, did some business training, saw a movie, and did LOTS of driving!! glad to be back home.

Heather said...

Love the colors of those yarns. Looks like a wonderful weekend, a great place to enjoy Autumn, and great weather.

Have a great start to your week

The WoodLand School said...

Sounds like such a fabulous weekend! Thanks for sharing photos and stories of your adventures.

Journeying Five said...

what a great day...great apples, gourds, yarns, sheep....sigh! it sounds and looks wonderful!

Tracy said...

That looks & sounds like a perfect autumn date-outing, Lisa! The open studios is a wonderful thing... Just thrill to all these photos with autumnal glory and goodness. And LOVE the sweet alpaca... I dream of a little patch of land and having many alpaca and spinning my own fiber... The weekend here was a blur of shopping, errands and visiting family--busy, but good. Happy Week ((HUGS))

fromallstitchedup said...

What a nice day ! I love your mystery sock yarn. I was going to do a fall color till I got carried away by the pink.

Green Acres in the City said...

What a great fall weekend. I can't wait to take the boys for pumpkins this weekend. It is always tradition for us to do around Cameron's birthday since it is in October! Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie said...

We also took the long way home this weekend, enjoying all the fall sights around. Your weekend looked lovely and so does that yarn!

Anonymous said...

I love the pics. I love reading your post mom. Even though i already new all that stuff i still enjoy reading it over and over again.

~Maggie #12

larissa said...

Gorgeous photos! looks like you had a great time. I love the yarn - so much fun to buy yarn from the the 'artist.' we did much of the same this weekend - only with three kiddos screaming 'are we there yet' in the backseat. I absolutely love fall and the more time spent outside the better!

Mama Sewing said...

I am so envious of you, visiting an Alpaca farm. I have been in love with those creatures for some time now and would just love to have one here on our property. I think that they are a little bit of an expensive hobby though.
I just love the fall yarn you bought, the colors remind me of the beautiful leaves and the apples sound so good.
Blessings,
MamaSewing

Hip Mountain Mama said...

Sounds like the perfect date! Great photos!

Christina said...

Beautiful photos! Sounds like a beautiful date; the kind of thing Benjamin and I would do. : )

Hurrayic said...

Looks like you had a truly lovely day - those llamas are perfect!! Very funny. Oh, how I wish we were back on the East Coast/New England - the change of seasons was so much more vibrant.

Anonymous said...

lovely post!!! i love the colors for kenzies skarf!!!!
emily

Ruth said...

What a wonderful time to spend together. It is so nice to have that time to do something wonderful.
Those yarns look wonderful.
Ruth

Jessica said...

What a great time--that yarn is so yummy looking!

cathleen said...

Lisa...thanks for sharing your getaway. And those yarns! Love them! And I love your photos!

Naturalearthfarm said...

What a wonderful day! Sounds just perfect to me, one that I would have planned as well. The yarn looks beautiful. Do share a picture of your daughter's scarf when you are done.

Alison said...

Oh my goodness, that group alapca picture is so cute! I love the variety in their coloring- what a great looking group!