Friday, November 13, 2009

Alpaca Field Trip

My Xtreme Knitters Club went on a fun little trip on Veteran's Day. We visited the Silver Suns Alpaca Farm, near the Danish village of Solvang, one of my favorite little towns, even if it is a major tourist trap.

I've seen a lot of llamas, but aplacas are smaller, and they seem more friendly, like not as likely to spit. The owner was really nice, and took us into the pen with some of the alpacas. They were really curious and particularly interested in getting to nibble on our sweaters. After our little tour, she took us into her shop where she had a nice variety of beautiful alpaca yarn. Most of it was from her alpacas. She also had lots of roving and gave my friends a little spinning lesson with a drop spindle. I've tried before, and I just can't get it, so I didn't even attempt to "play." I did, however, have to buy a little yarn. She had given us that free tour, after all.I don't really know what I'll knit with these two yummy skeins, but I'll enjoyed just squeezing them until I figure something out.

If you're like me and admire people who whittle down their stash, but can't seem to do yourself, you should visit Rani's blog rght away. She's giving away some nice skeins of yarn. Hands off the pink! I have dibbs on it!


Julie said...

love that yarn - the top one looks like Neapolitan ice cream

Knittings Nice! said...

The llamas are so so cute...loving spinning with the fleece myself...and those colours of the skeins wonderful.

Thimbleanna said...

What a fun field trip! Those little guys are so cute. I figure they were nibbling your sweaters trying to see if they recognized any of their friends!

TheBlackSheep said...

"I've seen a lot of llamas, but aplacas are smaller, and they seem more friendly, like not as likely to spit."

Please to be imparting this information to our neighbour's alpacas? It's not really their fault, they don't get handled very often since the people who own them don't really like animals.

Sounds like you had a fun trip!

Tracy said...

Oooo....I just love alpaca... I dream of a little farmette with alpaca...*sigh*... they have the sweetest expressions. Thanks for sharing your trip... and great fiber! :obak) Happy Days ((HUGS))