We got to feed and pet the alpacas, helped to skirt a blanket, saw where they get shorn and of course were exposed to the merchandise in the room we used; I think a few of us took home some extra fibre aside from that supplied for the course; I certainly did! The weather cooperated really well too, our first fine days for a while and the first day was even quite warm.
The course itself was well worth doing. We did 5 different mini-skeins of yarn and used a different technique for each one. 1 true worsted in prep and spinning. A semi-worsted which was woollen prep and worsted spun, a semi-woollen which was worsted prep (flick carded) and woollen spun, a true woollen and a final skein from hand-carded alpaca/silk which we spun with whichever technique we wanted.
I was really happy with my true worsted and semi-worsted, reasonably happy with my woollen and alpaca/silk which I also spun woollen; not at all happy with my semi-woollen which looked like something I could have pulled out of the drain. Many people had more success with their semi-woollen than I did though so don't let my result put you off!
And now, what you've all been waiting for, the photos
|The room we were using prior to it filling with people|
|Two Cria (baby alpaca)|
|One of the female alpaca being fed|
|Our group feeding the alpaca|
|One of the stud males, was fairly friendly.|
|The blanket we helped skirt; this one had got wet before shearing so was perfect for us to play with|
|Black male stud, there was female with a cria this colour as well, but she wouldn't get close enough for a good shot|
|They loved the mound the brown lady is standing on, taking turns to stand up there and look around|
|Our worsted and semi-worsted skeins drying|