Saturday, May 29, 2010


Yesterday I made a business trip to Cheyenne, Wyoming.  I had never been there before, so I really looked forward to seeing the town.  It was fun for another reason, too.  When I was a kid I would watch old westerns and I thought that places like Cheyenne, Virginia City, Dodge City and Laramie were fictional.  Imagine my surprise when I moved to Colorado and found out that they were real, and not too far away.  What did I know?  I grew up in Canada at the other end of North America.

After I took care of business stuff, I went for a short drive around town.  There were sculptures of big, colorful cowboy boots on the downtown street corners.  I didn't get a picture as there was construction going on and no good parking spots.  I'll take pictures next time, and yes, I'd like to go back again.  I thought they were charming and fit in with the genuine cowboy atmosphere.  I saw lots of people wearing cowboy hats and boots.   

I was in the area of the Capitol Building, so stopped and took a picture.  The gold dome doesn't shine much in this picture, but it was bright and beautiful.

Well, you know, a knitter can't go to a new city and not check to see if there is a yarn store.  As it turns out there were a couple of them that were nearby.  I decided to go to Ewe Count and I wasn't disappointed. 

What I found was a very welcoming shop which is a knitter's paradise.  It was full of everything you might need, and lots of tempting items that you didn't know you needed until you saw them!

There is also a room for people who do needlepoint and cross stitch.

Whenever I travel I always try to find a ball of yarn that reminds of that particular trip and then I'll knit another block onto my Travel Afghan.  More on that project another time.  Which reminds me, I'm a block/trip behind.  What I found was a skein of beautiful undyed 100% mountain merino wool made in Buffalo, Wyoming.  It's from the Camino & Sons KID Ranch, Johnson County, Wyoming.  Someday I'll have to go back and pick up enough to make a sweater. 

I would have liked to spend more time in Cheyenne, but I had to get back to Denver and with the long weekend about to start I knew that traffic would be heavy.  There was another yarn store that wasn't too far away:  Prairie Wind Fiber Arts and Beads.  I'll save that shop for my next trip.


Ana Petrova said...

Sounds like a fun time to me. Cheyenne Wyoming has been on my list of "one of these days I'd like to visit" list.

Wool Free and Lovin' Knit said...

I collect souvenir yarn when I travel too but I love your idea of knitting each skein into an afghan, how fun. I tend to make souvenir scarves with my collected treasures.