On Saturday, after the farmers market, Tito and I decided to pay a visit to Alpacas From Eighth and Mud, a farm that I’d learned about during the Frogpond Farm art show. We got to visit with John and Sharon (the owners), meet the herd, view their fibre mill and learn about their processes, and finally, purchase some spinning and knitting fibre, an excellent tour all round! Thank you John and Sharon for the tour, we’ll definitely come back!
My spoils included 100g of undyed white fibre, I’m dying half of it (more on that later) and leaving the other half natural.
This stuff drafts like butter! This is an effortless lace weight spin.
Check out that beard!
The store, where many, many lovely things are sold.
A spinning machine. I’d never seen one before, fascinating!
Making roving, and blending their own hand dyed colour.
The biggest carder I’ve ever seen.
You can buy poop! Had to take a photo, lol.
You’d love the Carstairs Woolen Mill – they have fibre hanging from the fluorescent light fixtures above all the machines. Guess it’s been going for a long long time…..