Thursday, August 12, 2010

Local Fiber featured at YarnDurango!

One thing we really wanted to focus on at YarnDurango is LOCAL fiber.
There are a couple yarns that are local to the area, and we are looking at getting more in the very near future. Today, we'll talk about Bridle Valley Ranch Alpaca Fiber.

We were fortunate enough for JoAnn to bring her local alpaca yarn into to shop, and she kindly invited us out to visit her ranch near Ignacio. We had a great time learning about the Alpaca, seeing the new Baby alpaca (1 week old!), and picking out roving to bring into the shop for the spinners of our area.

We've spent a great deal of time talking with JoAnn about  her yarn and are convinced that she has some of the nicest "fresh" fiber we've seen in a while. She put every effort into choosing the right fiber, blend of silk, etc. From the animal, right down to the mill itself, nothing has been overlooked.
Her fiber is mill carded and spun, undyed and not chemically treated or processed. It is blended with just the right amount of silk as well, which makes it feel very luxurious!

Most knitters complain about the "vegetable content" of unprocessed fiber. Bridle Valley fiber has VERY LITTLE bits or pieces of anything left in the fiber. So no worries about picking bits of hay or grass every few inches in your yarn. And even more important, no pieces of alpaca poo either! A nice perk when knitting with fresh fiber, the less poo the better!

Hope you enjoy these photos of the day's visit, and please come in and check out the LOVELY soft Alpaca/Silk blend yarn we carry from Bridle Valley!

This gal was super sweet, and a "close talker"....
You see now? 
"Close Talker!"

Skeptical Guard Llama... With beautiful eyes. 

See, there is the Close Talker again... Inspecting Jonni!
She sniffed everyone up and down, then sat down with everyone and visited.

All the white females shorn like a poodle are pregnant. 
They have an 11 month gestational period.



Photos by Brandy Dare and Susan Jones

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