|Awesome Colors! Blodgett Canyon in the Bitterroot Range|
But Diana and Leslie weren't the first to enjoy the beauty of the area. In September 1805 the Lewis and Clark Expedition followed the Bitterroot River and camped in an area they called Traveler's Rest, then returned to the area on the return journey in July of 1806. Today Traveler's Rest looks pretty much the same as it did during Lewis and Clark's visit, and the area has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. In 2002 archaeological research uncovered latrines with traces of mercury and fire hearths, making the site the only place with archaeological proof of the explorers' camp.
|Meriwether Lewis and William Clark|
How did we get down that path? Back to Mountain Colors Yarn ...
|Diana McKay & Leslie Taylor|
Their first dye kitchen was literally a kitchen, the ivory colored sink in Diana's home (yup, the sink was permanently stained and had to be replaced). The business grew and in 1994 they moved out of the kitchen and into an old creamery building, then in 2004 moved again to their current location. They now offer their yarns in over 100 different colorways - and every single one is hand-dyed in their mountain-hugging location.
Spring Eclipse, along with all of Mountain Color's yarns, patterns, and kits are on sale at FiberWild! at 20% off until March 31st.
Happy Knitting . . . . Scout