The wonderful and suitably weird Adam from weirdweekends sent me a scarf.
This is, however no ordinary scarf.
Some time ago I sent an alpaca fleece (Inky Dinky Do’s) and a Jacob shearling fleece over to the US as I thought he might like to use them in some of his weekend projects.
All I can say about the scarf is wow. See his blog post here for a summary of the whole process and a list of all the individual posts where he explains how he washed and carded the fleece, then dyed it a variety of colours, spun it, plyed it and even evntually learnt to knit and knitted it.
This scarf is now one of my most treasured possessions not only because it is beautiful and snuggly, but because I know the extent of the journey it has been on – not just crossing the Atlantic twice, but also in terms of new skills learnt.
Anyway, it has been very warm here recently and I have been mucking around with animals and vegetables a lot so I haven’t worn it yet.
To be fair it did seem appropriate that the first to wear it should perhaps be its original owner.
On Sunday our alpacas got shorn. I was slightly worried that Inky Dinky Do might be cold – I wondered how she would like the scarf.
I think it suits her
But, I have something to confess.
When alpacas get shorn, they don’t recognise each other – I think this is hilarious
Anyway, initially during the shearing I was busy telling all the campsite kids and adults all about the shearing process – and about my new scarf, how it was made and my plans for it so I wasn’t paying attention to which alpaca was being shorn first.
I was assured that Juniper was being shorn first. So off I went to get the shearers some home-made orange cordial and when I came back it was “Inky’s” turn.
The shearers kept saying how old she seemed, but Inky is the youngest. This sowed some doubt in my mind. I kept looking at her and I just I wasn’t sure if it was Juniper or Inky, after all, she had just been shorn. However, she did sort of look like Inky.
Anyway, we had already let the other white alpaca go …. this was my one chance so I wrapped the scarf around her neck and posed for a photo. This all had to be done very quickly as the shearers were in a big hurry.
Looking at the photos now though, I am pretty sure the scarf is on Juniper …..
We might get another opportunity for a photo shoot in the autumn when we trim their hooves, and to be fair it will most likely be more like scarf-wearing weather then.
Thank you Adam for this wonderful present – I love it …. and so does Inky …. I mean Juniper ……
N.B. As it has been quite chilly today I am just going to spend this evening sitting wrapped up in my lovely Inky scarf from Adam and wearing my Juniper socks from Sheena – how lucky am I?