Llamas, alpacas and goats, oh my!

27 Sep

Saturday dawned early. Although a morning person I struggled. We’d had Back To School Night on Wednesday, and it felt as though it had been followed by two Fridays. Getting up and functioning seemed nigh on impossible, and yet, I forced myself to the coffee maker. It was the day of the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival!


It was a beautiful day for a drive to Canby and things were well under way when I got there. Although I really wanted to look at the various yarns for sale, I decided to begin the day in the animal barns.

As an asthmatic, this can be problematic. I brought my inhaler but had no deed of it; the barns were well ventilated. I decided to start with the sheep, since most of the wool I use comes from sheep. I’m not an expert, but I know a little more about sheep, than I do about other animals.And yet, I saw some new faces.

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And lots of fleece. These were some prize winners and they are a lot softer than they look.


From the sheep and goats, it was on to the camelids: the alpacas and llamas.

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Even with all my wool knowledge, I was surprised to see angora bunnies and Pygora goats, a cross between pygmy and angora goats.


I didn’t get a picture of a pygora goat, but I bought a lovely skein of pygora yarn.


By that point I was feeling hungry, so I went over to the see what the food vendors had to offer. No surprise, lamb was the main item on the menu. I opted for the lamb shank sandwich, which, was excellent and really hit the spot.


I shared my table, but not my meal, with a young family. They’d just purchased an angora rabbit and the kids were happy to tell me about it. Refreshed and reenergized, I faced the crowds of the marketplace. There were tents outside and two buildings with vendors inside. There was lots of roving,  long and narrow bundles of fiber used to make spun yarn. I am simply a knitter. I don’t spin or crochet (though I am weaving-curious) so I focused on the vendors with yarn. I bought a few things I can’t mention, in case some people are reading, but I also picked up this lovely merino/ silk blend for myself.


By late afternoon, I was exhausted but content. The sun was at my back as I drove home, casting a lovely glow over the whole day.



8 Responses to “Llamas, alpacas and goats, oh my!”

  1. lisaorchard1 September 27, 2016 at 6:52 am #

    Looks like you had a great time at the festival! 🙂

  2. Christine Baldiga September 27, 2016 at 7:16 am #

    I related to this post as I attended a farmers market this weekend and spent two long minutes looking at and touching a basket of beautiful dyed raw wool. Ahhhhh!
    I wish I were a knitter!

  3. arjeha September 27, 2016 at 7:55 am #

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day and that you bought yourself a few projects to work on. Good luck.

  4. Linsey Taylor September 27, 2016 at 9:18 am #

    I’m from Texas and have never heard of a Flock and Fiber festival. Pretty cool!

  5. Karen LaBonte September 27, 2016 at 9:43 am #

    The yarn you purchased is beautiful. I love visiting with llamas & goats. I have yet to meet alpacas, but there is an alpaca farm near me, so the opportunity exists….

  6. elsie September 27, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

    Sounds like a great day for a knitter! Your yarn is beautiful! Love the photos of the the animals. How interesting to think that the beautiful yarn comes from these animals.

  7. lindabaie September 27, 2016 at 2:45 pm #

    Love seeing all the animals, Adrienne. I grew up with a grandfather who kept sheep and I got to be in on shearing day once in a while. What a beautiful piece you chose.

  8. mgminer September 27, 2016 at 8:06 pm #

    Having more yarn that I will be able to knit in this lifetime is my challenge, but also a joy! Lucky you to go to the festival!

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