Yesterday was a rainy damp day, still warm, but too wet to do much outdoors. In the late morning we drove over to the Blue Ridge Parkway and south to Meadows of Dan. The outing had two purposes, one to see the renovation progress on Mabry Mill, where they have done some repair on the holding pond, rebuilt the old mill wheel and are repairing the sluiceway to the mill. This is a favorite spot for us to take visitors, the mill is scenic, in fact, several communities throughout the USA use the picture on their postcards which is amusing. There is a blacksmith, a carpenter that makes ladderback chairs and other objects, a tiny cabin filled with looms and spinning wheels, walking paths along the creek through Rhododendron thickets and other native plants. The grandchildren love to drive over for part of a day. The visitor center displays local crafts and sells buckwheat flour, corn meal, and corn grits in commemorative cloth bags. Each fall, we drive over before they close for the winter and I supply our pantry with these products, sold very reasonably and milled locally.
This is a prior trip much later in the summer and with a grand helping to do a Flat Stanley shoot.
The other reason for our venture was to take a small supply of my handspun yarn to Greenberry House, a delightful yarn and gift shop in Meadows of Dan to be sold with her other handspun yarn. She will be selling some of my yarn in her shop. She sells mostly local handspun yarn, fleeces and rovings, with just a bit of superwash or acrylic commercial yarn for local charity knitters. The gift shop has local handthrown pottery, canned jams and preserves, jewelry, handmade glasses cases and other fabric items, and a few old collectibles. The shop is convenient to pop off of the parkway. The town also has the Poor Farmer’s Market with more gifts, fresh produce, local cheese and butter, and the biggest display of Lodge Cast Iron cookware I have ever seen as well as a deli counter where you can get sandwiches and cold drinks. There are a couple of restaurants and several other shops as well. It is a good stopping place if you are traveling the Parkway.
The adventure got my creative juices flowing and when we arrived back home, I spun almost a full bobbin of a very fine single of Shetland wool, natural white. Once I have two bobbins of it, I will ply it, measure and decide if it is going to stay natural white of dye it. Perhaps it will be knit into a gift or set aside to be taken to Greenberry House for sale.
My car knitting and break from spinning knitting is a shawl. The edge pattern is from Lola Shawl by Carrie Bostick Hoge in Issue 9 of “taproot” magazine, one of my favorites and one of only two to which I subscribe. Her shawl pattern is a triangle and out of worsted weight yarn, I don’t like the way it ripples around the neck and shoulders, so I am modifying it to make a squared shawl using 6 stitch increase every other row and will use her leaf pattern border at the bottom. I prefer a shawl/scarf that does not have to be pinned or held to keep it on. The yarn is Quince and Co., Lark, the color is Cypress.
Today is sunny and a bit cooler. There are a few things to be done outside, but at least a couple of hours will be spent with friends at Green Dragon Yarns, knitting and socializing and maybe buying some more fiber to spin.