June 28, 2011

Let's Go Back

Last month - we took a mini - vacation to Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands.

On Friday, our first day in town, we stopped by the Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm.  The weather was beautiful and the animals were all out running and playing. 

Even though I had already purchased some locally dyed yarn in town.  I bought two lovely hanks of undyed alpaca that's just a wee bit heavier than fingering weight.  This yarn was donated by the very nice Sweet Alyssum and her picture hangs from the yarn.  JB has requested socks.

On Saturday we went past a lovely farm with a sign saying they had sheep.  However, on Saturday we were on a mission and I didn't want to stop. 

When we happened upon the same farm on Sunday - I told JB to pull in.  First the grounds are lovely.  Second - he had two border collies who brought me soccer balls - so I was very happy just playing with the dogs.

Finally - the gentleman who owns the farm heard us (he was quite elderly) and came out, opening up the small retail operation.  They do some dying on site, sell some handmade goods, have the rare sheepskin rug - and undyed yarn as well as fiber.  I went for a small hank of fingering weight undyed fiber.  Although both JB and the owner tryed to talk me into buying an entire sheep's worth of unspin fleece.  Ever since seeing this post by the Yarn Harlot I have been toying with the idea of spinning.  But I still maintain that two expensive hobbies (knitting and sewing) is enough and I don't need to add another. 

In other news - there has been sewing - a fair bit of it.  I just haven't had photos taken.  Soon, I promise. 


  1. Stunning. I love alpaca, and look forward to my post-hot flash era when I can enjoy wearing it too...

    (Sorry. Gross over-share.)

  2. Well, the alpaca yarn is surely a draw, but the border collies would clench the need for a visit. I'm so glad you 2 got a little vacation in, even if it was a while ago.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful vacation. Can't wait to see the sewing FOs.

  4. ooohhhh...alpaca is so very soft and warm.
    Spinning? Do I see spinning for you in the crystal ball? Why yes, I believe I do ;).
    Break the piggy bank and get yourself a spindle or get the hubby to make one (on the cheap and they do work).

  5. What an amazing experience!!!! And of course you had to buy that yarn ~ I love how you get a picture of the donor, if you will - LOL I've heard that area is just beautiful ~

  6. Sounds like a good visit! Border Collies are sweet dogs. Love the hanks of yarn you got!


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