Saturday, October 16, 2010

Alpaca Love

I went to the New York Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY today.  I've been wanting to go for a couple of years and finally made the trip.  My neighbor has a car and hooked me up with a ride (thanks R!).

It was a beautiful day and I got to see some real autumn colors that have been lacking here in the city.  


I wanted to take one of these cute, super soft alpacas home with me.


Instead, I bought some lovely wool and patterns to make some gloves, and a new Kundert drop spindle that will hopefully inspire me to pick up where I left off after learning the basics of spinning last winter.  All in all I was very restrained considering the amazing amount of fiber, yarn and knitting accessories that were everywhere I turned!

ETA (10/18):  I am a city girl who knows nothing of farm animals.  I am beginning to think these are llamas and not alpacas.  If you have any thoughts, please correct me.

14 comments:

Robyn said...

Hey - sorry I missed seeing you! I did run into some other Wave Hill people. including the fabulous felting women - did you ever meet them? It was a perfect day for looking at sheep and wool...

justine said...

oh these are so lovely. We have a llama in the field near us, I think they must be related. I wish I could knit.

Krystal said...

aw that sounds fun, those trees are soo vibrant!

Kelly said...

Love the alpaca pic. They look so regal...and soft.

Andrea said...

I am so jealous.

Virginia said...

I was there yesterday too!

Loved those alpacas. They were very sweet.

I managed to get out of Rhinebeck without buying a single skein of wool. How did that happen?

Jersey Diva Mom said...

my hubs riding club goes up to Rhineback-- the fall rides always look great. some fantastic foliage up there.

ps- weekend stop from BlogFrog

Wendy said...

I am so jealous!!!! My husband's birthday is always Rhinebeck weekend, and while I did drag him up there 2 years ago, it's been a hard sell ever since. Maybe next year! Good luck with your drop spindle!

Jamie said...

The red of those trees - so beautiful!

Clare B said...

I hear so much about Rhinebeck on Rav and "knitting places" - I'm keen to know more about what you thought of it. Would love to be able to make it there one day.

Jacey said...

Love those red leaves! And hello to the kitty down in the last post.

Brooke said...

Amazing fall colors! Love the shots!

Kris said...

Thanks for stopping by -- you have some beautiful pictures of Rhinebeck!

I am 99% sure those are alpacas. They are both in the camelid family so it can be tough to tell them apart, but generally speaking alpacas are smaller in stature with smaller heads to match -- sizing against the people backdrop in your picture, it looks like they are indeed alpaca size.

But that is just my 2 non-alpaca farming cents!

Gracey is not my name.... said...

They are alpacas - llamas much bigger - I have a video of the Llama Limbo that I caught on Sunday linked on my blog. There are llamas and alpacas in it..