Thursday, July 12, 2012

Some Montana Threads

This trip has not been entirely about hiking, exploring and reconnecting with the threads of my much younger days. This western Montana community has quite active crafting people...from quilters to knitters and crocheters to spinners to card makers and scrapbookers, let alone artists and woodworkers and so many more. Oh, and plenty of musicians. I spent some time shopping and here are my thread purchases. I found the mercerized cotton crochet thread (Aunt Lydia's in Dusty Rose) in a cute general store and pharmacy in Stevensville, Montana. The huckleberry ice cream from the old fashioned soda fountain in the store was delicious!

In Missoula there is a store called Loopy Knit/Crochet on Front Street. Fabulous yarn shop where I found the raspberry colored sock weight yarn spun from merino wool and silk; along with the sea mist colored lace weight yarn spun from 100% baby alpaca. Is there a softer yarn other than baby alpaca?? (That's natural fiber, of course!)

I'm so looking forward to getting these finds home and started on something. I'm not sure exactly what to do with them, but it will come to me when I sit down with yarn and hook.

I'm sure these will give me some ideas of what to do with the yarn. These books I found at The Book Exchange on Brooks Street in Missoula. Two great reference books at two very, very good prices ... and no sales tax to pay. Talk about a satisfying book purchase, which was made after eating a very satisfying lunch at a local eatery near the book store.

I've been working on a project while visiting with my Mom, and hiking, exploring, etc ... but alas, no picture taken of the piece. My camera is getting rather full of pictures and I need to spend some time clearing out the photos I will not be using to keep the number of photos to organize down to a workable level.

I have 4 days remaining before darling daughter and I need to set ourselves on our long journey home. There is still so much I want to do, but doubt I'll be able to do it all. But before I leave here, I hope to get back to Blodgett Canyon up the Bitterroot and have a chance to get out of the car and on my feet to have my breath taken away by the awesomeness of glaciated cliffs and a canyon floor littered by thousands of boulders and rocks left behind by the retreat of massive ice sheets. I saw the area from the car, I need, and I mean NEED to see it from my feet.

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