Monday, May 08, 2006

Housefrau Field Trip: The Alpaca Show!

Yesterday was the Great Western Alpaca Show in Denver. Like a good housefrau, I traipsed down to pick up some lovely fiber arts and take in the unbelievable cuteness.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with them, this is an alpaca:



At the show, alpacas are placed in funny costumes and paraded around.



They are also taken through obstacle courses,



although they often don’t like it.



The show is also a chance for the alpacas’ fleeces to be judged and ranked, which helps their fleece fetch a handsome sum at market. Alpacas are shorn.



Then, clever housefraus or underpaid Peruvians can spin the fiber.



The resulting yarn can be woven into fabrics



or felted into hats and other products



or just sold as yarn



to be knitted into things like scarves



or adorable monkeys.



It was a good time. And, as you may have surmised, we got a digital camera. I have refrained from posting all 550 pictures we took with it at the Alpaca Show, but rest assured that, when I attempt to knit that alpaca yarn into a scarf and it somehow manages to turn out as a flesh-eating virus, you’ll see photos.

3 Comments:

Blogger Q said...

oh, oh, oh!
Please to have two of those!
An Alpaca in the back yard would surely cure all ills.
The answer, "Go pet an alpaca!"

Mom

4:42 AM  
Anonymous Andrew said...

Those little shorn alpacas (alpaci!?) are too, too sweet.

What I want to know: were you the only paying member of the audience in attendance?!

6:36 AM  
Blogger housefrau said...

Well, the announcer did look right at us and start singing, so maybe we stood out a bit. I don't think anyone else was in heels, at any rate.

10:21 AM  

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