My sweet friends Eric and Ramona invited me to tag along on an adventure to visit Emily Foden's lovely studio space from Viola Yarns. We packed a picnic lunch, our knitting and made the 2+ hour drive to Mooresburg, Ontario. Time flies when you are laughing with friends and enjoying the beautiful country roads of Ontario.
Viola HQ was as picturesque as I had imagined and I may have revisited thoughts of a country life after walking into the general store turned home and studio.
The colours were just perfection and something beautiful was hidden in every nook and cranny of the space. This wall with socks was particularly stunning and Eric informed me that Emily has a great sock pattern which I have since purchased here. Emily was such a kind and gracious host and really blew me away with her colours and yarn bases. She will also be releasing a book ithis fall which I am now very anxious to get my hands on.
Surely, the rain helped add to the mood (knitter's always seem to love a bit of rain, don't they?)
This little yarn tasting station was also brilliant!
Careful thought was put into each of our baskets and we left anxious to start new projects.
We were quite pleased at our forethought to pack a picnic lunch and the rain did not stop us. We found a conservation area nearby with a covered picnic area and pulled out all sorts of delicious food. If it wasn't so chilly, we may have stayed a little longer to knit.
I really didn't plan on purchasing so much, but it was a rare opportunity to acquire her yarn (and sometimes friends can be very convincing).
In the end I chose this gorgeous fingering in a peach colour way to make a new shawl. And the muted green BFL on the right is going to be a sweater. I may also have one special skein that Eric purchased for me for a hat. It is super special to me and I will share more on that soon.
If you ever have the chance to get your hands on Viola Yarns, I highly recommend you do.