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Date:May 5th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
*g* The Main Dallas store is the White Rock Weaving Center - she's a dealer for Louet, Ashford, and I think Schacht.

Granbury - Heritage Arts. Owned by 2 spinners (I won't snark. I won't...but a vendor should NOT bad-mouth a potential customer's favorite spinning wheel while said customer is standing in front of her. Especially not at a public demo, with non-spinners around listening. I'm just sayin'). They're Majacraft, Schacht, and Ashford dealers, if I remember correctly.

Geez - I'm drawing a blank. There used to be a shop out in N. Dallas, mostly yarn, but some rovings that dealt in Ashfords. There was an Angora Rabbit breeder out in Sunnyvale that sold...either Ashfords or Schachts. I've been sorta out of things for a few years, so I don't know if they're still around. There's a yarn shop in Oak Cliff/Dallas (not sure *where* they are, exactly) that is thinking about getting into spinning.

I'm out in Kaufman (my in-laws are in Ft Worth (McCart area) and I'm 66 miles from them), with NOBODY that does much fiber work. The Extension agent has found 3 other knitters so far....but it's pretty bleak out here. At the moment. We're working on it. *g*

Animals: 6 horses (1 stud, 1 colt, 3 mares, 1 blind pony), 3 gigantimus dogs (2 Pyrs, 1 Irish Wolfhound) and 4 goldfish. Also 2 kids. *g*

I don't want my own fiber animals, because then I'd be too busy with them to do any spinning/weaving/knitting. Besides, Kaufman is *full* of shephards (mostly down breeds and ANGORA Goats. Some Llamas and Alpacas)....and I'm trying to get in with them to take the (useless) wool off of their hands. Can you say "dye day"??? *gg*

Now, I'll be at the Games in Arlington (Maverick Stadium at UTA, first weekend in June) with my wheel and something bright. I'll also be at the Celtic Festival in Bedford (where the above snark happened) the first weekend in October....if you feel like ogling Scotsmen and talking fiber. *g*
Date:May 5th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
"ogling Scotsmen"

Isn't that what they're good for? My Irishman might object a little, but until he'll wear a kilt for me, he can't complain too much.

Dang! Are YOU an extension agent? You have near encyclopedic knowledge of fiber sources in the area! I'm near the Cultural District in Fort Worth, west of Downtown and north of I-30

I have an older Ashford Trad that needs a bit of repair. She'll spin, but the wheel hub has cracked or come unglued, and so sometimes it clunks or wobbles since the spokes are loose. If I knew how to get the uprights that support the main axle apart, I'd fix it, but I love her and don't want to cause any damage.

Hm. Celtic Festival... I could probably get my co-pilot to come out to that. I'm the only fiber person I know--not even a dilettante knitter in my group of friends!

If you come into any "useless" waste wool and need some taken off your hands, please don't hesitate to let me know!
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Date:May 5th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
Um, that anonymous yet incredibly detailed rambling? That was me.
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Date:May 5th, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, they are perfect for ogling! *g*

Nope - I'm not an extension agent; I've just been into fiber since 1996. I tend to go overboard when I get into something - at one point I spent hours on the phone tracking down everyone that had anything to do with weaving or spinning in our area. I'll ask my MIL what all's out in the Ft Worth area - I haven't spent a whole lot of quality fiber-time out there. Yet.

The closest to you would probably be Heritage Arts. I haven't been there in - oh, 3 or so years, but it's a nice little shop that really caters to spinners and weavers. The prices (back then, anyway) were pretty good - I think it was $10 for 4 oz of handpainted wool roving - and they *are* knowledgable, if a little (ok, a LOT) opinionated.

I mean - *I* think my AA's are the best wheels out there, but I also understand that some folks can't afford them or don't want to spend the big bucks, and that's cool. I'm not going to bad mouth your Babe wheel, or your Schacht, or your dinky-dorum wheel - if it makes yarn, then it's a good wheel. (Mine are, however, better *g*)

As for the wool - shhhhhhhhhhh! That's part of my plan. Send it off to Wooly Knob or Stonehedge for washing and processing, then......sharing the joy. Dyeing up some, and sharing *that*, too. *g*
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