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Monday, February 23, 2009

Alpaca Farm

I was promoting our Etsy shop on Craig's List. While I was there, I decided to check out some local listings. I was so excited to find a listing for alpaca yarn. The family business/farm was local and within about 3 miles from our apartment! June was very friendly when we spoke on the phone, and was more than happy to have our family over to meet the alpaca. I was very excited! I had never seen alpaca. I never met anyone who raise, shear, spin and sell their alpaca yarn! AND to have to opportunity to buy the yarn and make my own crochet creations! I was thrilled!

June's daughter had the flu, so I, being the only one in my family having had the flu vaccination this year, went inside the house to check out the yarn, while June's husband, Ed, took Michael and the boys out to the barn. Ed put the boys to work and had them feed the alpaca! They also met two llamas, a pig, and a goat... Oh, and three dogs!

The yarn was beautiful and so soft! June had three colors left in her stash: a white, brown, and black-brown... Natural colors from the coat of the alpaca, undyed! After ooooing and aaahing over June's yarns and some creations she had, I accompanied June outside to find the boys. She pointed out which animals provided which color of yarn. She also has other colors of alpaca. She was anxious to get rid of her current stash, because they were going to be shearing again in late March/April.

I couldn't wait to get home and begin crocheting! This is my first creation from it... Creamy Natural Mini Cowl / Capelet / Shrug with Flower Crochet Alpaca. Please check it out and let me know what you think!


TheClayMuse February 23, 2009 at 9:09 AM  

How fun for the boys to get to feed the alpaca!
Not only does the shrug look beautiful.. but so do you! It's always a pleasure stopping by your blog!

June February 23, 2009 at 9:54 AM  

Thank you for coming to the farm on Saturday. We always welcome folks to our little part of paradise. The shrug is beautiful. Alpaca is such a wonderful fiber to work with and wear. One of natures best kept secrets. We loved having the boys help feed. You're welcome anytime to JoNell Farm!
June, Ed and Ellie

Anonymous,  February 23, 2009 at 10:18 AM  

I'd be excited to get new yarn too....and your shrug looks great!

The Basics

Michael and Talina Ripper met online and when they met in person, they knew they had found something special, a once in a lifetime love. Michael obtained BFAs in both Wood Design and Ceramics from ECU. Talina has always been a creative/artistic spirit, but has her BSN from ETSU and still works as an RN. Talina has three sons, Seth (17), Aaron (8), and Jacob (7). Michael and Talina have a son together, Quinn, who is 17 months. They are getting settled in their downtown loft just around the corner from Michael's studio and the gallery. Their dream of living their art is coming true!


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