Sunday, June 24, 2007

Where do you buy your wool?

From an alpaca farm of course! This is where Marg and I ventured out to on Saturday morning after we had visited the local weaver's studio where they were having an amazing wool sale. I resisted the idea of buying a loom, as much as the thought entices me of one day trying my hand at weaving. Although table top looms were also for sale, I couldn't resist coming away with a huge bag full of wool that was priced by the pound!

I bought some wonderful worsted weight wool for a comfy sweater for myself, a bag of 10 skeins of mohair, and a cone of merino wool, a lace weight, that will work for the Mystery Stole that we have signed up for. With almost 3000 members signed up on the Yahoo group, new members are still being accepted for the group if any knitters out there are interested. The first clues are due on this coming Friday. This is a mystery lace knitting project designed by Melanie of Pink Lemon Twist.

I bought all this for a whopping $20!

Poor Nancy had to work and didn't make it to our little outing. And look what she missed ~ Marg can't wear wool as she is too allergic, so she wanted to get alpaca for her mystery stole. So off we went to the nearby alpaca farm/store where we met the owner, Lori, and spent the next 2 hours visiting her shop and farm. What an adventure! She showed us her products from beginning to end and it was fascinating and we had a great time. And we met all her beautiful alpacas, including a 10 day old baby, as well as her wonderful Leonburger dogs which she also breeds. We will definitely have to get Nancy there the next time and who knows, she may just have to come home with an Alpaca.

Here is a picture of Margarette and Prince William after recent their hair cuts!

Kristy's move on Friday went great and between her case worker, her and me, we had all her clothes unpacked and hung in the closet and her dresser in no time. Monte was a little perturbed with the move and took to hiding under his towel once his aquarium tank was placed in. He's not nearly as big (or scary) as I had thought he was going to be. His food (mice) have been tucked away in the freezer and as long as I don't have to deal with that, we'll get along quite nicely I'm sure.

Thank you everyone for all your well wishes!!!


Vonna said...

So glad to hear the move went well and all is settled in!
Your pictures are lovely and believe it or not...I watched a show on the Discovery channel about Alpaca' beans that you got to witness it in real life!

Lizzy said...

Oh, what adorable piccys from your visit to the Alpaca Farm, Wendy!!! They are sooooo sweet! :-) And it sounds like you had a lovely time... all that wool, OH my!!! I can't wait to see piccys of your Mystery Stole... It sounds lovely... and so many knitters! Wow! :-)

You have been so busy with your stitching whilst I was MIA and sooo many lovely projects and finishes! I simply adore your Celtic Knot RR.... So very creative and beautiful! :-)

What a lovely thing you are doing in becoming foster parents... I'm so happy for you and Kristy! Sending you lots of love, hugs and best wishes...

And thanks so much for all your Sweet and lovely words of encouragement... they have been such an inspiration for me Wendy... You always bring such good cheer and sunshine to my days... You truly are an Angel! :-)


Kendra said...

I just love alpacas! They are such neat critters, plus their wool is *so* soft and luxurious. If they weren't so expensive, I'd love to raise them.

See, I told you that Monte wouldn't be so bad. I bet he's even kind of pretty, isn't he? LOL! Glad to hear that Kristy got moved in and is doing well.

Barbara said...

How great that Kristy is all moved in and that Monty's not as intimidating as you'd worried about. ;)

I just love these pictures of the alpaca farm!!

Anonymous said...

Glad that the move went well!

Those alpacas are so cute :)

Carol said...

Oh my gosh, those alpacas are so sweet!!

Anonymous said...

Wendy...great pictures... You forgot to mention how the Leonburger puppy got closed in her shop & got into all her yarn & the dog cookies & had them strewn all over the floor!!! What a mess!!! But yes what a wonderful time we had. Nancy wish you could have been there. But an excuse to go back again~~

AnnMcD said...

Sounds like you guys had a blast on Saturday!
Glad to hear that Kristy is all moved in.

Ruth Rachel Vendsel said...

Wendy, I'm so glad to know about your new foster daughter, and I pray that everything goes well for you as you settle in! I have applied for a job doing therapy for foster children and would love to work in this field. There are so many children out there who desperately need a loving home.

Nancy said...

Well Wendy, I'll come home with an alpaca if we can get Linda to show it in a ring, Marg to shear it, and someone will have to spin it in order for Marsha to weave it.

Kathy said...

Congrats on having Kristy all in and settled so nicely. The alpaca pictures are really sweet. I have felt their wool and it is incredibly soft and luxurious. I am sure you will enjoy stitching with it. And, oh yeah, give Monty a hug hello LOL!

Beatrice said...

I was just reading a book called A Deadly Yarn by Maggie Sefton.. a fun Mystery. There was a lot of reference about Alpaca. I now know what they look like. Thanks for sharing your pictures with us. Glad you had such a good time.

Lauren said...

It sounds like you had a good time! That must be so much fun to meet the animals your wool came from. If your friend does the stole with alpaca yarn, I definitely think she should go back and take a picture of it with the animals!

I'm so happy the move went well - I hope everything continues to go smoothly!

Lili said...

Ooooh! I'm glad Kristy's finally there! I'm sending you all my best wishes for a happy life and shared love.
Thanks for sharing the visit at the alpaca farm!
Take care!

Hazel said...

What wonderful alpacas. Sounds like you had a great day out! xx

stitcherw said...

Looks like you had a wonderful outing, the Alpaca's are so pretty, and the baby was adorable.

Glad Kristy's move went smoothly, and that Monte isn't as scary as you thought.

The Silver Thistle said...

Such cool photos! I love the pic of the brown one that looks like it's wearing leg warmers, hahahah

Mystery stole sounds.........mysterious, lol. Can't wait to see it.