Far and away, one of the best parts of living where we live now in Northeastern Tennessee is the huge fiber community. Yesterday, we got to help our friends Brad and Ruth Ann with shearing day. Their farm is called Two Roots Alpacas.
It was a beautiful day.
Here’s Ruth Ann providing a little moral support before shearing.
And here is Paul doing a little friendly herding afterwards.
These are some of the bags of fleece, set aside for processing later.
I spent the day drawing up injections but had plenty of breaks for knitting in between.
I’ll just note in passing that the “two roots” part of the name has to do with the vineyard that Brad and Ruth Ann run and that we were richly rewarded with amazing wine after all the work was done. You can see part of the vineyard here in the background.
And did I mention there was a baby?! Alpaca babies are called crias, and this one’s name is Storm. He was born last week during one of the recent bouts of crazy weather we’ve been having, and ooooh, my heavens! The CUTE!!!
It’s a busy week. Between work and the normal life things, there hasn’t been a ton of time for knitting, but I’ve always got something with me. This afternoon we’re going to be running errands, and I plan to work on a very special surprise project for my BFF. I don’t want to say too much, but here’s a sneak peek.
What are you up to this week? I’m loving all the shawls I’ve been seeing lately and am thinking there’s got to be a Find Your Fade in my future. I was resisting at first because there are so many other things I want to knit, but I’m pretty sure Marilyn’s slew of gorgeous Fades over at Yarn, Books & Roses has effectively decimated my resolve!
Ohh, I love it! Thank you both again
We had a blast! 🙂
That baby Alpaca is just too cute!
Isn’t he the CUTEST?? And they just had a new baby this weekend! Preciousness abounds! 🙂
There’s an alpaca farm near me and I really want to go. They have open days where you can knit in the field with the alpacas!
Oh, you should totally go! Some alpacas I’ve been around are pretty skittish and shy away from people, but these were super people oriented. It’s probably that way at the place you’re talking about where you can sit in the field with them too since it sounds like they’ve had a lot of chances to be around people. If you do end up going, you must report back and post pictures! 😉
I just want to hug them and smoosh them and love them. They are so cute and I would adore going to an alpaca farm! I love the yarn color for your BFF’s surprise. Jewel tones make my heart flutter 🙂
I wish I could beam you to Tennessee! We’d have a great time loving on alpacas. 😉