Isn’t January a time of reminisce and future plans? There isn’t much to do so we review our progress, our successes, our hopes, dreams, and ideas. Two years ago in January we posted about alpacas. Doug and I had been avidly attending alpaca festivals, visiting farms, yarn stores, and reading up and dreaming of the day that we would get our very own marionette-like animals. I would while away the hours spinning on my old fashioned wheel, knitting socks from our very own fiber from our very own alpacas. *Sigh.
We adopted two alpacas, a sweet boy named Natali, and a young one named Cody. The brown one was a Suri and the second a Huacaya. The Huacaya was going to be our main fiber boy. A big, fluffy white alpaca would be great for hand dying my own fiber with plant dyes. A garden was going to be created with plants specifically for dyes.
We bought two big bags of fiber from a friend of ours down the way to practice on. I did not have the equipment to card the fiber and everything was so expensive to purchase. So, we sent it to the mill. The total cost to us was a whopping $20 a skein of yarn. Let’s just say that was not a profitable adventure.
I bought a beautiful spinning wheel, new, full price. I practiced and practiced and used roving that a student of mine gave me. My “yarn” looked lopsided, lumpy, and fell apart easily.
The two alpacas were terrified of us. The younger one kicked anyone that went by. His leg cocked back was the exact height of a small child’s face. Not good. We had saved a lot of money (for us) to adopt these animals. The farm folks that sold them to us had promised to help us and be a resource for us but were nowhere to be found when we had issues. A mere four months later we had to give them away. That’s right, gave them away for free.
I was so upset over the whole situation that I also promptly sold my new spinning wheel for under cost. I regret that now. I do tend to make rash decisions rather quickly.
That was last spring when everything seemed to be going wrong. Fast forward to a few days ago. Knitting club at the coffee shop and we girls are talking about alpaca yarn and alpacas and my poor experience when two gals came across the room to greet one of the knitters. They each have an alpaca ranch and we laughed at the coincidence since we were just talking about that. We recalled my horrible experience and the alpaca ladies were horrified that that had occurred to us, especially after so many years of planning and dreaming. We felt jipped.
One of the ladies offered me a free alpaca. He has fabulous fleece, smaller than some, and is mentally handicapped. Well, y’all know we are suckers for the misfit animals. He apparently loves attention. Of course, I don’t have her phone number but in a small town I bet we can locate it. I had put it out of my head, not thinking Doug wanted to delve into the world of alpacas and fiber again, but yesterday he casually mentioned pasture fencing and special ed alpacas. He loves alpacas and was every bit as disappointed as I was in our experiment.
So, joining us on Pumpkin Hollow Farm (I need to go across the way to the owner’s house of this fine land and see if we can bring on more animals) may be a few sheep and a smiley alpaca. Now I need to find another spinning wheel!