Sunday, December 26, 2010

New Stitch Markers

I normally don't blog about every new item I list, but I'm just too entirely excited about a new line of polymer clay stitch markers!

On the top row are my very new and oh-so-cute ice cream cones, your favorite candy-coated chocolates, and calorie-free s'mores! All are in sets of 6 for $12 a set.

And on the bottom row you'll see three of a few new Swarovski crystal stitch marker colors. They are in sets of 8, also for $12 a set.

You can find both lines in my Etsy store.

But the best part? This is just the beginning. I have plans to bring you many more varieties from both lines. 2011 is going to be a very exciting year at JL Yarnworks!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Mr. Cute Bunny Hopkins

I think it's about time I introduce the newest member of the Yarnworks family.

In September, my husband had the joy of accompanying me to North Country Fiber Fair. It was his very first fiber show.  After helping me set up, he wandered the fair. Within minutes, he was back at my booth. "There is the cutest gray bunny in the corner over there," he said. He leaned over me a bit. I was sitting and he's 6'5". "And I *want* him."

I chuckled a bit, knowing I've been talking about angoras for the past year or more only to have him scoff at me.

Together, we ventured over to the two angora booths, admiring the different types. Finally, I saw the one he'd fallen for. A gorgeous black English Angora. He'd been raised by an 8-year-old boy as a 4H project and was being sold by the angora breeder for him. I've always been partial to the English Angora, so I looked at him and ever-so-coyly said, "He's very cute. If you really want him..."

The kids were thrilled when they found out we were getting a pet! They wanted to call him Hoppy or Hopper. Then they suggested Bouncer. *sigh* Finally, we came up with Hopkins. Then Miss Kate suggested that he needed "Cute Bunny" as a middle name.  We settled on Mr. Cute Bunny Hopkins. Though we usually call him Hopkins or Mr. Hopkins.

He has free run of the living room. Really, he has free run of the house, but he never strays far from his cage. His favorite spot is behind his cage, looking out the sliding glass doors. He even has a wild bunny that visits him from time to time. We see the little paw prints in the snow! I wonder what they must think of each other, separated by glass like that.

Hopkins loves toys. He loves throwing them around and gets mad if you move things around. Just picking up stray toys in the living room will usually result in an angry foot thump from him.

So if we got Hopkins back in September, why am I just now blogging about him? Well, because he accompanied us to our Christmas photo shoot today! He's a natural! Waaaaay easier to pose than my children!!!

Here is my newest favorite photo:

And the whole family...minus Mr. Yarnworks who is still in Afghanistan:

Monday, December 13, 2010

Gift Wrapping

I spent my weekend shipping out special Christmas orders. I absolutely love this time of year! Not only do I get to spoil my own friends and family, but I get to help spoil yours as well!

Here's an example of an order that shipped out this weekend:

And guess what? This is a service that I offer FREE of charge! Whether it's Christmas or a birthday or a secret pal, I'll make sure your package is done up right! All you have to do is ask. And, please double-check that the paypal "ship to" address is the gift recipient's address.

There's still time for Christmas gifts! Order by December 18th to make sure that your gifts get there in time for Christmas!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

And We're Off!

The race has begun. There are only 38 days until Christmas. Which for a knitter or crocheter is NOT a lot of time, right?

I'm starting to wonder already if I've bitten off more than I can chew. I can't share too many details here for fear of ruining the surprise for the lucky recipients, but.... EEK!!!! And, of course, I'm finding more intriguing patterns just about daily.

I mean, just look at this gorgeous trio of Christmas trees by the Fiber Fool, Kristi Schueler. I spotted these guys around this time last year, and have yet to knit them up. The only question is, do I make them for myself or for someone on my list? Pretty sure I'm going to be selfish with this one! If I've been pining (pun inadvertent, but I'm keeping it) for a year now, they must be mine.

Of course, with snow looming, the chill is setting in. How can I resist knitting up the Northman Cowl by Desiree Bowman? It looks so versatile! I bet it would be great worn around the head as well!

And another cowl I have my eye on....'cause cowls are the thing this year. The Listado Cowl by Laura Nelkin. Isn't it fabulous?

There's something about the little belt and button on this hat that really calls to me. It's sweet and cute and sophisticated all at once. Vintage, yet trendy. It's Maggie, Vintage Style Cabled Cloche by Tina Sanders.

And this caught my eye as well. My youngest is afraid of the shadows in her room....and the moving eyes of her toys after dark. We've found that a great solution is a sleep mask. We bought her one with embroidered monster eyes. Wish I'd seen this one first! Time permitting, it just may end up under the tree for her! Jessica Schleicher's "Eye See You Sleep Mask" -- just look at the detail in those eyes!

And if that wasn't enough cuteness for you, how about this little guy? Cheeky Little Monkeys by Tanya Brooks. Too. Flippin'. Cute.

Think there's time for it all? Probably not, but I aim to try!!!! Thankfully, some of these are selfish knits, so they can wait until after Christmas. Except for the trees. They may have to be done by next weekend when the Christmas decor goes up!

***All photos used with permission of the designer. These are some fabulous ladies, seriously. Check out their pages on Ravelry (linked names) and take a peek at all the loveliness they have to offer.***

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Red Scarf Project and a Free Scarf Pattern

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I can't remember now how I stumbled upon it, but it's been on my mind ever since. The Red Scarf Project run by the Orphan Foundation of America accepts donations of red scarves from September 1 until December 15, then hand them out to orphans who have graduated from the foster care system and are now attending college. They send out care packages to these students for Valentine's Day, thus the request for red (fire engine, burgundy, or variegated yarns including red, etc.) scarves. They also send them out randomly, so scarves should be unisex. There are some other considerations, so if you decide to donate, please go to the site and read carefully.

For some reason, this particular charity tugs at my heartstrings. I remember my first semesters away from home and how being able to make that connection back home sometimes saved my sanity. Imagine being away from "home" for the first time and having no one to call when you're convinced a professor hates you, when you swear that your dorm-mate staying up partying until 5am nightly will be your undoing, or when you first find out you've made the dean's list. *sniffle*

So I set out to find the perfect unisex reversible pattern...and an inexpensive, soft, washable yarn...'cause we all know college students probably aren't going to handwash...heck, they don't have time!

Then the solution sat right next to me at knit night a few weeks ago. One of my friends was making a scarf using the hurdle stitch. The texture was interesting, the pattern super simple, was completely reversible, and was definitely unisex.

So here is my red scarf:

Hurdle Stitch Scarf

Yarn: I Love This Yarn-Sportweight from Hobby Lobby in Red, or any DK or sportweight yarn; 2 skeins or around 460 yards.
Needles: US 7

Cast on 34 (or any even number of stitches for desired width)

Rows 1-2: Knit.
Rows 3-4: (K1, P1), repeat across.
Repeat rows 1 - 4 to desired length.

Bind off. Tuck in ends.

That's it. Super easy. The perfect project to take with you for knit night since you only barely have to pay attention. A tip? I used a detachable stitch marker to mark the right side of the scarf when starting row 1. This ended up on the right every other row, so I knew when to switch from knitting to k1, p1 ribbing.

I plan to make several of these scarves this year. I'll do black, gray, brown, blue, and olive for friends and family....and will finish up this one for the Red Scarf Project. I hope you'll keep them in mind too...either this year or next.

Happy knitting!

Monday, October 25, 2010

What's your favorite gift-giving pattern?

In the spirit of my last post regarding gift-giving yarn choices, let's talk about patterns for a moment.

Some people on our lists will occasionally get really complex time-consuming projects off our needles or hooks. But, for the most part, the idea knit gift will be something fairly quick to knit. Probably taking a maximum of 400 or 500 yards of yarn and a couple weeks or less of our time. After all, many of us have long lists of gift recipients.

Do you have a favorite go-to pattern? Have you been eyeing  pattern that you want to try? I'm looking for specific patterns (with links, if possible...Ravelry project links work) to review.

Designers: here's your chance to plug your most giftable pattern! :)

I'll choose 10-20 to highlight in a future post. I won't be knitting them all, mind you, but I will add many to my queue!

Yarn Choices for Gifts

With Christmas rapidly approaching, I, like so many other knitters and crocheters, am faced with a dilemma. What yarn is best to use for creating gifts for non-knitters?

The criteria seems simple enough.

1. First and foremost, it must be machine washable. Unless I know the recipient well enough to know they don't mind extra laundry chores, like hand washing, I always use machine washable fibers.

2. Let's be also has to be economical. Especially at this time of year, there's always a strain on the budget. I think that's true for most of us.

3. It has to be gorgeous, soft, and just plain yummy. We aim to impress, right? Gorgeous is subjective, but while trying to be economical, I also don't want my item to fall flat. I want my recipient to feel pampered. Or at the very least, not turned off to the idea of hand knit gifts.

So what yarns do you use for knitting gifts? Acrylics? Cottons? Superwash wool? Blends?

What are some specific yarns you like?

I'll get the ball rolling with one I've recently found: Patons Lace. (Ravelry link here) It's 80% acrylic, 10% wool, and 10% mohair. It's really more of a fingering weight with a mohair halo, so a little goes a long way. It comes in a few really nice colorways. I'm using "sachet." And it looks much richer than it is. At $6 or less for 398 yards, it's easily affordable. The high acrylic content also makes it easy to care for. Perfect for the top secret gift I can't share quite yet. ;)

So what do you like to use? Do you have the same criteria in your gift yarns?

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Blog Giveaways

I just LOVE blog giveaways. The odds of winning are good. The people hosting them are often the sweetest you'll meet. And by helping to promote a blog giveaway, you're often also helping to promote a small home business or cottage industry. What can be better?

Well, winning! I just found out I won this fabulous giveaway from KissMyStyle!

Isn't it gorgeousness? Megan of KissMyStyle has more yummy goodies in her online shop. From organic eyepillows to fun flower hairclips to simply elegant earrings. Just a little bit of pretty for everyone.

And do you remember this giveaway I posted about a few weeks ago? That's right, I won that one too! I've been meaning to blog about it, but wanted to do it with a proper review of the book. For now, I'll just say that the book is lovely. But expect a more thorough review...eventually. Tina of Peacefully Knitting is a knitwear designer you definitely need to know. I swear, every time I visit a new online knitting store, I see her patterns. And it's no wonder. Her designs are classic and stylish. She has this one hat pattern that I'm definitely going to have to pick up as soon as I have time to make it. Do you see the way the little belt fits through the twist of the cables? It's those kinds of details that really make a pattern sing, don't you think?

So if you're hosting a blog giveaway, be sure to let me know! But more than that, when you see a blog giveaway, show it some love. If nothing else, you'll help someone build their business in this tough economy. And you never know. You just might win something phenomenal.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Price Changes

On Monday, August 16th, I will be adjusting the prices of my Scrabble Tile Pendants. They will be going up to $6.95 each and 18" chains will be available for an additional $4.95.

If you were considering these for people on your Christmas list, NOW is the time to shop. I do have some chains already available, so if you would like chains, they're already available for $4.95 each, just email me with your request.

Monday, August 09, 2010


I love waking up and finding myself in another Treasury! This Teardrop Treasury features some of my stitch markers. I absolutely love that necklace too. I just may have to go back and pick that up for myself. Please show this treasury a little love. With any luck, I'll find myself on the front page again!

And I've promised a few of you a sneak peek of my latest crochet design. The design portion is now complete! I just need to finish the sample, photograph the sample, write up the pattern from my notes, chart the ruffle bit, and make it all pretty.

No prob!

I love the design process. Picturing something in my head, trying to create it with yarn. Then, as I create, it either bends to my will, or takes on a life of its own, turning into something I never imagined, but love that much more.

And that brings us to the title of this blog entry. Focus.


I've been doing a little soul searching lately. A little yarn and business-related soul searching. See, I find myself forever coming up with ideas. Not just designs, but product ideas. Look at my website and you'll see the past 5 years of just a handful of those ideas. It all began with recycled yarn. Then I started playing with beads and stitch markers. Next thing I know I'm not only beading, but dyeing, pouring resin for Scrabble tile pendants, creating greeting cards with rubber stamps (so far these are only available at shows), making fabric-covered magnets, crocheting teeny tiny granny squares for earrings, etc.

Thing is, I start feeling a little too stretched thin. There are vendors that specialize in only one of each of the products I offer. This is the story of my life. Jack of all Trades. I'd say Master of None, except that I do feel I've just about always held my own. Even back in high school, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. My interests and talents were so varied. I was a straight A student, but had absolutely no direction. When I got to college, things didn't improve. Every time I took a new class, a whole new exciting world would open up in front of me. I had passionate interests in science, literature, psychology, and anthropology. But at the same time, none of these options fed my creative side. As exciting as they were, there was always something missing. And, at the time, I don't think I realized what it was. I ended up majoring in psychology and minoring in English. English was closest to feeding my creativity, but halfway through a semester of grad school for English, I realized that what I was really passionate about was writing. I loved the classics, I loved picking them apart line by line to try to find deeper meaning or alternate interpretations. But what really filled my soul was writing. Graduate school wasn't giving me that. Only writing could give me that. So between that discovery and some financial difficulties, I dropped out.

Now I find myself at a similar crossroads. Certainly this business feeds my creativity. And surrounds me with other creative souls. But I find myself stretched thin, across a vast variety of crafts. So at my last show, I put everything out and decided that only my best-selling product lines would stay.

But um.....they all sold. And they all sold well. I sold more Scrabble Tiles than skeins of yarn, but dollar for dollar, they came up about even. So I kept it all. And they all continue to sell just about equally across the board.

So, this summer, I've been contemplating where to go from here. I haven't come to any firm conclusions. And I've decided that, at least for now, I won't be discontinuing any product lines. However, I did come to a realization....

The creative process for me is as much about creating my business as a whole, creating product lines, and creative marketing. I enjoy challenges. I enjoy learning new skills. Put another way...I enjoy thinking of a new neat product, sourcing all the materials, figuring out the most efficient way to create large quantities, and creating different styles. Granted, once fully created, I start to lose interest. But, I've set myself up well and can manage a decent hourly wage from each product line I've created. And they all sell. Some faster than others, but it appears they're all worthwhile endeavors.

But, the products that keep my interest? That never wane? Dyeing and designing. Every new batch of yarn is a new creation. It's a new opportunity to play with color. And each new design is pure creativity. Even in the writing of the pattern there is creativity.

So my conclusion? To turn my creative focus towards designing and dyeing. With rare exception, I will not be adding new product lines, instead only focusing on the ones I already have.

This is getting long, but I also want to share another issue I've been pondering. Craft shows. I sell primarily to fiber artists of some sort. Sheep and wool festivals are where my ideal customers hang out. However, living in the Midwest, there aren't many shows within a 4-5 hour driving distance. In fact, I only know of 4. And, so far, I only attend 2. But a friend has invited me to share a booth with her at a huge local general Christmas craft show. What can I offer the average shopper? Without spreading myself out even more?

My solution so far:

  • Scrabble Tile Pendants with an expanded range of images

  • Magnets with an expanded range of images

  • Needle-Felting Kits (sold only at shows so far, but already made up and ready to go)

  • Granny Square Earrings

  • Possibly some other needle-felted items made from leftovers from blended fibers (another new product already in the works. Oops!)

  • And um...that's all I got. I'm open to other ideas.
So that's what I've been doing all summer. Coming to this relatively simple conclusion. And pouring resin, beading, dyeing, designing, crocheting teeny tiny earrings, sewing, rubber-stamping,.......and parenting, gardening, running the household, etc. Seems like a lot when I put it that way. :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Book Giveaway

Just a quick post today to let you know about a blog giveaway on a friend's blog.

Peacefully Knitting is giving away Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and Crochet by Mags Kandis. It looks like a great addition to the library. I've entered. Go check it out!

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Tour de Fleece Days 12-14

Squeeeeee!!!!! It came! My drum carder is here and put together, though not yet broken in. I'm saving that for tomorrow!

I also bought this day-glow roving. My kids will love these colors and it's completely different from anything I've spun up to this point.

But, for the past THREE days, I've been working on this pencil roving. That's all I know. It's pencil roving. This is a 1.6 oz skein and I have two of them. It's obviously wool, likely 100%, but I have no idea what type of wool. It also didn't list how much it weighed or where it came from. I picked it up at the LYS and weighed it when I got home. Kinda pricey for 1.6 oz ($9.99 each skein), but no one forced me to buy it. The colors just grabbed me.

This stuff really wanted to be thin. Like too thin! Day 12 was spent just trying to learn to keep it from being thread-thin. It was much too weak that thin. Plus I got a late start. So after a little playing and not much useable spinning, I ended up going to bed. Day 13 was much more productive, but I don't think I even got half an ounce spun. Who knew thin yarn took soooo long to spin? hehe Definitely frugal spinning.

And here is what the end of Day 14 looked like. Almost one of the two skeins of pencil roving spun up in a laceweight single. It appears this should make a fingering weight (or maybe even slightly thinner?) two-ply. I'm totally in love with this batch and can't wait to see how it's going to ply. Though, at this rate, it'll be next Tuesday before I'm done.

At least that will give me plenty of time to figure out my drum carder for a custom batt for my next batch!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tour de Fleece Days 9-11

Day 9 (Sunday) I finally plied the two purple singles. I'd forgotten how uneven I'd made these singles...not intentionally. It still looks great, but the singles were over-spun and were all uneven and stuff.

Day 10 was a day of rest.

Day 11: This was MUCH better. Look how pretty that is! My goal was a fingering weight when plied, and I think I got pretty close over most of the skein. My only regret is that it didn't make a huge skein. Maybe enough for some fingerless gloves though?

I've ordered a drum carder to make blended batts, but it's not here yet. I have just a little more roving left before I have to start spinning solid colors. Not the end of the world, but not nearly as interesting! Hopefully it arrives soon!!!

Today is Day 12, but I haven't spun yet. So you'll just have to wait and see what I manage to accomplish in the wee hours of the night!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Tour de Fleece Days 5-8

I've been a bit lax on the posting, but not on the spinning!

Days 5 and 6....and 7. I worked more on the purple. Day 6 was mere minutes, but I made sure to put in some time on the wheel.

Some blended fiber from Copperpot I bought a couple years ago to use on the drop spindle that I never got the hang of.

And behold, Day 8. I worked really hard to get a thinner single. Hoping for a fingering weight once plied. This fiber loved the idea of being thin, but kept trying to be even thinner. Maybe I should have let it? Going that thin just made me nervous.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Tour de Fleece Days 3 and 4

Sorry I'm late posting Day 3. Here's around 2oz of singles of my own hand-dyed merino top. I think I might be getting the hang of this. Maybe. Every so often I still feel like the wheel is driving me....

And here's Day 1 and Day 2 plied together.

I had some major issues figuring out how to get my wheel to cooperate with me today. Turns out, you hardly need ANY Scotch tension for plying. Who knew? It's not all plied yet, but I'm zonked.

More tomorrow! The plan is to finish plying the above. And to finish turning the remaining 2oz of purple into singles.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Tour de Fleece Day 2

Days One and Two -- I thought I'd distributed the singles fairly evenly over the two bobbins, but apparently not. I plan to let these "rest" for a day or two before plying. It seems to work better that way.

This is one of my own hand-dyed rovings. I think this is what I'll tackle tomorrow. It's purple and I just can't resist. In fact, if I get my chores done tonight before I collapse, I just may get started on it tonight!

But alas, first, I have work to do first. There's a huge batch of Scrabble Tile Pendants mid-process with my name on 'em that needs addressing. Then, once those are drying, I have some UFOs (UnFinished Objects) to tackle.

UFOs have been my bane for awhile. See, I'm a process knitter. The act of knitting, of trying new things, of conquering new techniques is what keeps me motivated. So once I feel like I've tried and conquered, I'm perfectly content setting the project aside so that I an try and conquer something new. Next thing I know, I have a dozen or more partially completed projects and no hand-knit socks in my sock drawer. That's just crazy!

So last night I looked, and I had several pair of socks very nearly done. One pair was missing its afterthought heel. Another just needed ends tucked in. A sample sock out of my hand-dyed I made to take to shows just needed its toe grafted. Today, I finished them all! (Pics soon.) This week, I plan to seek out more UFOs. It feels good to get them done! And I'm resolving to do better. Hold me to that, will ya?

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Tour de Fleece Day 1

Is anyone else participating in the Tour de Fleece this year?

I'm breaking in my new wheel. My goal is to...well...learn what the heck I'm doing! Mostly trying to learn consistency. Easier said than done, I'm finding!

Using CloudLover fiber I picked up at Shepherd's Harvest last year. Hoping to finish another bobbin full tomorrow and ply it later this week.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Old Spinner Woman

See that? 3rd photo on the top? That's my Old Spinner Woman Scrabble Tile Pendant on the front page of Etsy! Earlier today I sold one and immediately had a request for another. So I took a peek and sure enough, I'd been on the front page and missed it!

If you need your own Old Spinner Woman, I currently have 1 more in stock. But I can make more for anyone who needs one. I should have more made in about a week. Email me if you'd like me to reserve one for you.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Free Shipping Event!

From now until July 5th, get free worldwide shipping on any purchase at!

No kidding! Any order, big or small will ship free. And the best part? No coupon codes, complicated links, or special invitations. So feel free to tell your friends!

Don't see what you're looking for? Let me know! I'll see what I can do!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A Hackle and a Diz Substitute

Pretty, no? It is. It's lovely. It's merino and soft and luscious and it's all mine. :)

When Mr. Yarnworks was home on his four day pass, I begged him to take a bunch of hair picks I'd purchased, pair them with a 2x4 in the garage, and make me a homemade hackle. Thanks to his mad skills, it only took him about 10 minutes. Yay! Thanks, Honey!

I've requested a fantastic custom diz set from riverrim on Etsy like this one, but due to a family emergency, the project has been delayed. (Send her big hugs!) But I was anxious to try out my hackle, so I used what I had on hand...

And then the problems began. And honestly, I'm not sure what the issue is. The button as a diz? Cruddy technique? Impatience? I'm not really sure where to start.

I mean, yes, the result was still gorgeous and I'm sure it will spin up nicely. In fact, I can't wait to get it on the wheel. But fibercrafts are also my trade, and I want repeatable, gorgeous, consistent results. One day, I'm sure I'll want to add blended fibers to my shop.

This is what I got instead. Some thick, some thin, having to start and stop repeatedly, feeling like I had to use all my strength just to get the fiber off the hackle and through the diz. It doesn't look nearly this difficult on YouTube. *sigh*

Maybe the new custom diz set will cure all my frustrations. Until it arrives, I'm headed back to YouTube.

And to my wheel! Thick and thin or not, I'm turning that fabulousness into yarn!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cowboy Town

Today's post is a bit different from my typical post, but I have to post it anyway, so bear with me.

A week ago, Mr. Yarnworks was able to come home on a 4 day pass. (Today finds him safely in Afghanistan.) We decided to make the most of our long weekend together and try to make some memories for the kids. One thing we've been meaning to do, is visit the Cowboy Town just a couple miles from where we live. We pass it nearly daily as we drive into Sioux Falls, and have heard and read some tales about it. We knew going in that we were doing it purely for the sake of comedy. (We do a lot for the sake of comedy in the Yarnworks house!)

You see, when we first moved to our little town, we were intrigued by the large billboards that line the road. They advertise a live buffalo heard (not really uncommon here), over 50 buffalo products, and this historical old west cowboy town. The "Gold Mine" sign within the town can also be seen from the interstate.

So we went to our most knowledgeable friend...Google. And we found this RoadSideAmerica article. It's an interesting read and there are more pictures there. Go on, I'll wait.

So we finally found our chance to go blow nearly $20 on what we knew would be a monstrosity of a "tour."

Like the article, we were the only ones in the store other than the guy working the counter. Before we left the store area, we were treated to some kickin' tunes (video link). Then we were the only ones in the cowboy town. Which was good. Our hysterical laughter may have thrown a few people.

First, we really did enjoy our close-up with the buffalo, though we prayed they were friendly. That picture above? That's about how close we were. No telephoto there! And a simple wire fence was all that held back the herd.

Then the comedy began with a series of graves. Then we couldn't tell if this town was meant to be funny or serious. Though it really came across as just pretty sad.

Of course, they have to point out that this is the *Real* West. See?

They had lots of great old farm equipment displayed, but it was a bit of a death trap. Granted, most of it was housed behind caution tape.

And here, my fiberly friends, is where you get your reward for reading. The ever-so-pristine loom. (I decided not to share the picture of the spinning wheel. It wasn't for the faint of heart.)

So then Mr. Yarnworks says, "Hey, take a picture of me next to this Do Not Open sign." Then proceeds to open the trunk. I still don't know if the Do Not Open was meant for real, or for effect.

Okay, so the article talked about some of the racist remarks within the "town." We didn't find them all, but O. M. G. This one?

In case you can't make that out, in the middle there it reads, "The Chinese enjoyed the dangerous work of blasting the mountain passes and tunnels with black powder. With their natural love of fireworks, the Chinese "powder monkeys" learned to cut their fuses so that the entire round of charge would go off at once. The louder the blast, the more likely it was to scare off personal devils & imps."

No, I'm not kidding. That's what it says. Seriously.

Okay, so moving on....

I'll spare you the bit about Abe Lincoln. The other article does a fine job covering that part of the tour and even has a video.

I was a bit horrified by the dentist and doctor depictions. Ouch!

And it appears that bank robbers have long since left this place as a ghost town.

All in all it was....interesting. And we won't be going back anytime soon. But at least the view was pretty nice.

The kids? They preferred the pizza buffet afterwards....