Visiting Wunsapana Farm or...

...what the hell will we do with this stuff?

On Saturday, despite the cold, wet weather, WillyG and I visited Wunsapana Farm run by Teri Conroy who write the Farmlife blog. Teri is always happy to share with people what life on the farm is like and the names of all the animals and their stories. There are chickens, goats, a sheep, and loads of llamas! Some were friendly, some were shy, some were being very coy, and one gal, Stella, who caught my eye was enjoying a rare moment of being queen of the mound and proud of it.

Teri also shared bags of llama fiber from the loft of her barn. It's almost time for this year's shearing which she says will sit up in the barn probably as long. I brought home a couple of bags, one of which was Stella's shearing from the previous year. It's just as gorgeous as she is! It all needs washing, it's very dusty and full of hay and guardhairs, but still soft and beautiful! Will brought home some bags too and he's dreading the thought of how he's going to wash it all. Both of us agree that llama might be best mixed with wool to give it a little more hold and structure. We'll just have to see!

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Bill's picture

Stella is GORGEOUS!
What a beautiful creature!
...and what fun to have some of her fleece to spin and knit with!

Bill's picture

I posted a pic of it will occasionally appear in our picture corner.
(retouched to remove debris, as befits a Diva)

vsidart's picture

Bradley says that we already have a cat.... I think it sounds like a fair trade....

Bill's picture

no comparison!
you NEED a llama...much nicer to knit with than cat fur!

TheKnittingMill's picture

I'm so jealous! It sounds like you guys had such a great time! I wish I could have made out with a llama. Unfortunately, chihuahuas (even the long-haired ones) don't provide much fleece, but I think I'll keep her nonetheless.


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

The one time I tried to spin llama I had a bad allergy attack. I think it may have been the vegetal matter in the wool more than anything. However, I was too busy sneezing and tearing up to really figure it out for sure. You should be able to just spin a regular yarn from it but blending it with regular wool is also okay. Have fun. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

QueerJoe's picture

That is great...can't wait to see what you do with Stella's fiber. Were you trying to get that animal to French-kiss you?

WillyG's picture

Oh, more than trying.