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Monday, March 29, 2010

Stash Enhancement and Lump Birds

On Friday Mom and I decided to go shopping! We are slowly working our way around the yarn stores here in the DFW area and Friday we hit The Shabby Sheep and The Woolie Ewe. Both were lots of fun and some things came home from each store. We started at The Shabby Sheep which is in a small house in downtown Dallas. The size of the shop didn't really look very big outside, but they have packed it full to bursting with yarns, books and all the little notions and accessories we knitters are suckers for. Great customer service rounded out our shopping experience and we will definitely go back there! I got a skein of Blue Heron Rayon Metallic yarn (the one in the center above) which will probably be used for a pattern design I'm bouncing around in my head, and two skeins of Spud and Chloe Fine in Glow Worm (on the right above), which might also become a pattern design. I had never seen any of the Spud and Chloe yarns in person, only on the Internets, and the colors are just as lovely in real life. I'd love to use some of their Sweater yarn (worsted weight) for something. Also, their little logo is just great. I could just squeeze that fat little sheep!

After a quick lunch, we were off to The Woolie Ewe. I had been there before but Mom had never been before, and of course, it's filled with yarn , so it's lots of fun. Driving between the two shops, I realized that I would need something to put borders on The Babette and luckily for me, The Woolie Ewe has Spud and Chloe too, so I picked up 3 more skeins of Fine in Sassafras (on the left in the picture) - two for the actual borders and one to use in some of the blocks. I have used two other pinks that are very similar in the blocks and I think this color will edge it all nicely.

Saturday night, the lump birds* got weird again and plopped down (and "lumped") on the back patio this time, for several hours. There was no snow (yeah!) and what's strange is that they aren't anywhere near the bird feeder. Usually when they lump, they lump by the bird feeder (thus getting in the way of any birds who actually want to eat) or on the fence - probably safer than lumping on the ground. I don't know if the weird lump bird behavior will continue every weekend (or why they get weird on the weekends), but I'll keep documenting it on the blog.

*The lump birds are actually Mourning Doves, but since they tend to plop down in the way of the bird feeder and park themselves, Caleb decided (as a toddler) that "those birds are just lumps." Lump birds they are!



Blogger Turtle said...

don't you just luv the spud and chloe!!

4:12 PM  
Blogger WikiBobo said...

The lump birds are everywhere!

How is the Spud and Chloe??

8:56 PM  
Blogger Heatherly said...

i like lump birds :0)

11:14 AM  
Blogger momtat92 said...

Yeah, we also have "lump" birds here in SW Pa and they tend to lump this time of year on any warm surface in the sunny afternoons. I love the mourning dove calls and don't mind them. The other birds don't seem to mind their presence around my bird feeders either. They tend to scare off the pesky squirrels that try to steal food. Now if they would just get the courage to ward of those darn grackles!!!

6:43 AM  

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