Things have settled down a little at the moment...An update on Sienna- It seems like we are looking at some arthritis making her a little slow but she is still holding on. What a strong little lady she is!
So back to our regularly scheduled herd rotation. Next on the list is
This little guy holds a special place in my heart based solely on his fiber. He is 6 years old and his name Akab is Lakota for spare, meaning small. He is quite small in stature but he makes up for that! His fiber is super soft and shiny. The staple length is amazing. I had to spin some by hand it is so lovely. And apparently in demand as I have absolutely none on the shelf in the store. This hat was made from a skein in my personal stash and is now available in the store. It is just as soft and shiny as it looks! I guess I need to make his fiber a priority on the processing list! Thank you, Akab, for your lovely, soft, warm, squishy contribution to the farm!
I know, I know... I said we were going in alphabetical order but sometimes circumstances dictate change. Today's herd member is Sienna. She has been quite frail for the 5 years she has lived with us. Due to current health problems, she got moved to the front of the line .So...
Sienna is almost 18 years old. She has been a handful from the start. What a lovely, sweet girl she is! Sienna doesn't mind people but she really LOVES children. A couple boys were visiting the farm. When they walked into the girls pen, Sienna gravitated to the younger one. He wrapped his arms around her neck and squeezed her in a hug. Sienna leaned down to "kiss" him on top of the head. So he hugged her again and told her "I love you!".
Sienna has a lovely red colored fiber. It is extremely soft despite her age. Length has always been a problem so instead of traditional yarn, we opt for a corespun yarn from her fiber. This wonderful lightweight infinity scarf was made from about 30 yards of Sienna corespun yarn. Thanks for the years, Sienna!
Welcome to 2021... As interesting as the last year was, we were busier than ever. So I am going to introduce you to our herd, one animal at a time! Bear with me, this may take a while. We now have 75 alpacas and 6 llamas. So I decided to start at the top of the list- alphabetically. So...
Meet Acorn. Well technically, his name is Uta, which is Lakota for Acorn. He is kind of the color of an acorn. Acorn is 7 years old and due to some recurrent health problems, he has recently moved to the Lost Boys area. The Lost Boys area, as we affectionately call it, started out as our junior/ male weanling area. But it currently houses our deaf oldster, Ryan, our recovering Gaston , our ailing llama Jack and his apprentice, Goliath, along with the youngsters who are awaiting the right time to move in with the adult males.
Acorn has handled this transition with his usual good nature. He is a sweet boy with lovely reddish fiber. A single skein of his recent fiber in a 2 ply sport weight yarn was enough to make a soft, warm beanie.
Call 262-391-8114 to schedule a tour and meet the rest of the herd.
Stacey Skildum is a nurse turned farmer, a yarn snob, gardener and fiber artist.