I meant to get this post up yesterday and then got busy and forgot to post it! Sorry!
On the second day of my trip to Wisconsin, my SIL Linda and I visited a shop she had been wanting to visit, but she waited for me to come to do so.
It ws called the Knitty Gritty Shop. It was housed in this outbuilding out in the country outside of Horicon, Wisconsin. It is located on the grounds of the owners' family farm.
Here are the owners of the shop and farm. They are a very lovely couple. This farm has been in their family for five generations! The shop has lots of connections to the farm, which makes it truly unique, in my view.
When we walked in the door, we were greeted with all sorts of eye candy. Yarn, baby gifts, all sorts of goodies for the home, etc. And it was all well organized, neat, and very pleasing! Here, to the right of the door, you see yarn, baby gifts, and photo albums.
Lots of sheep in the shop. Sally, I took this photo for you.
Here is a table of unspun wool. This wool is from sheep on the owners' farm. Just lovely. (As an aside, I'm thinking of taking a spinnin class this summer. What do you think? Do I need another hobby and more to do?)
I thought these were cute and that they'd look good with my red and white retro curtains. So, two of them came home with me. When I was paying for them, I found out they were on sale for Mother's Day! Wahoo!
More sheep related stuff...Hi Sally! And I loved that little sign behind them.
Remember how I said a lot of their poducts had a connection to the farm? Well, I showed you the unspun wool from their sheep. Here is another example....Someone in town makes these willow branch chairs. The willows are all taken from trees on their farm, handcrafted, and then sold in their shop. Oh, how I'd love to have a couple of these at my house. Maybe in the future. I'll have to ask for one for my birthday or something. :-) SisLH, maybe you can give a hint to Papa Pea!
And these soaps are handcrafted by another person in town who harvests juniper berries, etc. from the farm to make the soap. I thought this type of commitment on the part of the owners was pretty cool.
Here is the little pile of goodies that came home with me. Aren't they beautiful? Some yarn, some soaps, a cute soap dish, and a pattern for Sweet Pea. I need to finish some other projects so I can start on these. I think Sweet Pea will love what I have in mind for her.
I absolutely adored this shop. If you are in the area and you like yarn, you have to stop in. There are some gorgeous yarns in this shop, and the owner is very helpful and nice. Even if you don't like yarn, you should stop. They have so many cute things, you'll find plenty of other things to look at. I am looking forward to visiting again when I go to see SisLH again. We both spent a good hour in this shop perusing everything. Loved it, loved it, loved it. Wish I lived closer so I could sit and knit back in the knitting corner sometime. And the owner spins, too. How fun would that be?
Okay, I think I'm going to go sign up for that spinning class now! Ha! (EDIT: Done! I'm signed up. Four lessons in the month of June. Can't wait.)
Hope you enjoyed! I still have a little more to tell about my weekend, so stick around for at least one more post!
Until next time,