Sunday 1 March 2009

Alpaca yarn

I discovered this weekend, that alpaca yarn is not a story about alpacas, but the basic product which fleece is made into and used for knitting or weaving into garments. I've been to the British Alpaca Futurity at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire - there were show classes divided into Suri/Huacaya (the two types of alpaca) male/female, all the colours, and age groups; there were seminars about breeding, health and fleece production; exhibition stands with all things related to alpacas, and a fashion show - all very well organized. It was a chance to meet lots of other breeders and people connected with the industry, who were all glad to offer advice. It finished with a dinner/dance with raffle, and I won a prize of a days training in Camelidynamics - a particular way of handling alpacas -fantastic!

Sorry there's another snow photo, but I didn't take any of the alpacas today - as the snow thawed, I noticed that the snow on the roof of the shelter was very slowly sliding off, but retained the corrugated shape of the roof sheets, and curled over. In the distance you can see snow on the Quantock Hills.

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