When I received this lovely invitation in the mail to Caroline Dahlager's grand opening of her new wool shop in Chippewa Falls, WI, I knew I had to be there! Caroline's shop, Hooker's Wood and Wool is 52 minutes from my house! My friend Lisa and I hit the road yesterday with the plan to hit some garage sales as well in the Chippewa area.
Here's Caroline (in the Angel Girl T shirt) showing the new rug pattern she has just finished drawing on the backing. This is going to be a very large rug and has the name of her shop worked into the design. Caroline really is an angel and it was wonderful meeting her. However she was so busy with customers all day that we didn't get to visit nearly enough.
A cute chicken rug hooked by Caroline that I spotted on the floor!
The wool selection was fantastic! Lots of as found wool from garments that Caroline had washed and stacked in piles! She is one of the lucky ones to own a Townsend Cutter! I was trying not to swoon and cry too much as the Townsend Co. has closed and getting your hands on one of these babies will be next to impossible!
Another happy friend and customer admiring the selections of wool.
I made some purchases while there. Some wool for my Secret Challenge Rug and a few essential rug hooking supplies. I treated myself to a new bent shaft hook by Gene Shepherd. I've been wanting to try one of these for awhile and Caroline highly recommended it. So I better get that challenge rug going and cut up some wool! I think I'm having a little too much fun running around the country side!