I did some exploring on our little get-away last week.
I set out to look for antiques, take in the scenery,
and visit the one and only yarn shop that I found in the area.
I started my morning with a hot cup of coffee and relaxed at a sidewalk table along Main Street
in the old town/downtown area of Visalia. Shortly after 10, I headed over to
Creekside Yarns for some yarny fun. The store did not disappoint!
They had rooms full of beautiful yarn, a room full of patterns, and lots of beautiful hand knitted, crocheted, and woven samples. It would have been very easy to buy bags full of beautiful yarn but I have a budget and a practical side that keeps me from doing crazy fun things like that. But, their website was right about carrying unusual fibers and beautiful yarn from around the world. The selection was incredible! I wish I lived nearby to shop there again and again.
I did come home with some beautiful things.
I was inspired by knitted necklace/scarves they had on display.
So, I bought this beautiful, brown ball of Rowan Cotton Glace yarn.
I'm planning to pair it with turquoise, red coral, and silver beads for my knitted necklace
I just have to find the right beads so I can get started.
I also bought this skein of Aslan Trends Lecco cotton yarn.
I have something similar in mind for this but some I have some other ideas for it too.
I love the natural color, the texture and that it's cotton...my favorite!
Since I have so many shawls, I'm always on the lookout for nice and affordable shawl pins.
I found this beautiful Carnation wood shawl pin for only $10.
I love it and have already worn it twice. The wood grain and color is so pretty.
After I left the yarn shop, I did some antique shopping and had lunch.
Then, I started heading toward Porterville, where I was going to pick up my husband at the end of the day. I took back roads and enjoyed the beautiful scenery of acres and acres of nut groves, lemon groves and other farmland. I stopped to explore small towns like Exeter and Lindsay. I loved seeing the beautiful old homes, cute cottages, old downtown areas and history of the area.
In the old town area of Porterville, I stumbled across a yarn shop in the back corner of a gift shop.
It was small but a pleasant surprise because I hadn't seen any yarn shops in Porterville when I searched online. The store was called Country Pleasures and it was on Main Street.
I couldn't resist the beautiful pink color of this Crystal Palace, Kid Merino yarn
or the price of 50% off! I bought 480 yards of it for only $5.50!
It was a sun shiny, beautiful day and I thoroughly enjoyed the peaceful,
slow pace of the rural areas and small towns. It was such a treat!
Bringing home some pretty yarn was like icing on the cake.