After a chat with her about this and that we were on our way to Loops South in Tulsa. We got there no problem. Again, it was a beautiful store. Not really my style ... I felt more like a bull in a china shop to be honest. On the other hand they did have a local project bag makers and some local made stitch markers. Again, Not really any home grown yarn by any local producers. They did tell us that they don't carry Mohair products because the owner of the shop is allergic to it and they did mention that they do a local market day in Oct. for those that want to sell local craft type items but that space was limited and it was by invitation. When Mom inquired about natural colored yarns she was told that they don't sell natural yarns because yarn is about color. (Just so you know ... If you are a shareholder please don't listen to that ... LOL... It is about the fiber... Trust me!!)
From there we hit one more shop called unwind. The owner was just a nice and pleasent as the others were and at least she had a couple of skeins of local handspun and she herself was a dyer so he had her own local dyed stuff. Now will all that said I want to be very clear... All the shops were nice, clean and had alot of great stuff. All the owners were nice smiley, bubbley ladies more then happy to answer our questions and chat with us. What I am about to say is my families opinion so please look at it from our point of view.
These shops are the reason local growers and farmers are going out of business at an alarming rate. No they don't mean to be but what if they all agreed to put in a section for local producers. I am not saying let it take over the entire shop but just a small section so that those that want to support american made can? Wouldn't people be proud to support american made, american grown and american produced products in the yarn world as much as we all strive to buy american in every other part of our lives??? Just a question and I do think that the yarn world in my area should be proud to support Oklahoma made. And I also think that if given the option they would. Just a discussion that took place at our house after Mom and I went to the "local" yarn shops 60 miles away. (still the closest thing to local we have) You don't have to agree but please be nice and not rude when "correcting me." Thanks in advance. LOL
Anyway, Now on to a question asked here on the blog. You all know I try to answer all the questions if I can and yesterday one such question appeared in the comments of the blog....
"Can I ask what is founder and what does the grass being hot have to do with the condition?"
Well, to keep is very simple, founder is a condition that causes the delicate, accordion-like tissue that attaches the inner surface of the hoof wall to the coffin bone (the bone in the foot) to tear away from the horses hooves. Normally, this will only happen to the front feet but because it causes pain for the horse to stand, the back hooves end up being sore because of the way the horse has to stand to try and ease the pain. Founder tends to be found in horses that are over weight but that isn't always the case as it really is more about a high Carb diet of the horse and not about the horses weight.
Okay so what does grass have to do with all this??? Back to science class for everyone, just for a moment please. When grass is growning in the spring it stores all unused energy from the sun in the form of Carbohydrates. Therefore, when the grass is growing and the horse is grazing ... The horse is consuming a high carb diet. As the grass slows it's rate of growth in the summer the extra carbs are used by the plant and it is safe for foundered horses to graze on. In the fall the grass gets High carb again as it reduces it's growing to go to seed.
At these times to avoid a high carb diet Horses must be drylotted for their own protection. If not the horse can be crippled for life due to the tissue totally detaching from the hooves. I hope that wasn't to detailed or hard to understand and I also hope it answered all of your questions knitgal2.
Just a few final thoughts for tonight ... Please remember we have calendars for sale with all the money going to a shepherd to help pay for expenses for college. The deadline is May 31st to apply and when we get the essays in you all will be voting on the winner. Also if you are interested in Lot coming to visit email me an address to send him and I will have him send just as soon as he is done hangin' with vtknitboy in Vermont.