|Karin of White Oak Alpacas|
|White Oak Alpacas|
|Monica and Laurinda with the Craftwich Creations booth, featuring designs from ReCrochetions.|
|The hair pins were popular, and I'm sure this amazing display helped show them off. Notice her lovely cowl?|
We were joined by other vendors, too.
Knit designer Melinda VerMeer displayed samples of her amazing designs.
|Melinda VerMeer, knitting beside her booth.|
|Sari Peterson spinning.|
|Twists and Turnings booth.|
|Christine Arrington of Urban Wolves Fibre Arts.|
And, of course, there were alpacas.
And alpaca fleece. Bags and bags of it. I was fortunate to watching a fleece being skirted, a process I'd never heard of before. Apparently, to skirt a fleece you remove all the bits and pieces that you don't want processed with the fleece when it goes to the mill to be made into yarn. Of course, you could process it yourself, too, and spin it into yarn on a wheel or drop spindle.
|Alpaca fleece, with is delightfully soft to work with.|
|Monica at the wheel.|
The roses outside the barn were incredible to see and to smell.
We spent the day chatting and sharing our love for all things fiber while crocheting and knitting and spinning throughout the day. Visitors came in, some purchasing a hook or pattern or a bag of fleece before touring the farm and watching the alpacas.
I took the opportunity to learn how to use a spinning wheel. It was touch and go at the beginning, but by the middle of the day, I had a small ball of interest yarn to show for my efforts.
I borrowed the spinning wheel to try more at home, but I've been struggling to get it to work properly. I'm hoping to attend a spinning night at one of the many local gatherings for help. I just loved spinning and would like to pursue it, but I can see that I'm going to need more mentoring until I have the feel for it.
It was such a fun event with two days of connecting with other fiber-minded folks, of sharing our arts and skills, and, of course, watching the alpacas.
While they watched us.
Lots of alpacas, staring at us.
I intend to go again next year. Maybe with a spinning wheel of my own.