Last weekend I had my first experience watching the alpaca lose their fur for the summer... The Alpaca hair is used to make fabric for textiles and knitting.
They are quite cute!
I have to say this does not look fun...
All shaven but she doesn't want to go back in her cage... Can you blame her! LOL
While at the Alpaca farm I came across Cheryl Mankin who demonstrated the long lost art of spinning fiber for yarn and knitting.
Here are some samples of her hand crafted yarns.
The cool thing about fabric made from Alpaca is that it will keep you warm like wool but without the itchy...
Here is a sample of spun silk...
Cheryl makes beautiful earrings and reusable shopping bags from her hand dyed yarns. If you want to learn more about Cheryl check out www.valleyofthemoonOjai.com
After a long morning at the Alpaca farm it was time for a break... And what better place to be for an afternoon than Old Creek Ranch Winery.
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