The lovely Purl Girls Fiona and Bronwen volunteered to come up to the farm to help Tracy skirt a few of our new alpaca fleeces over the last lovely, sunny weekend. There they were, stuck in a barn, watching the building work outside as the new hay store and tractor shed was being built at Houghton Hall. Instead of a chance to work on their tan (as well as savour the delights of grading the fleeces) they became so covered in dust and physically exhausted, that Bronwen sat on a newly completed bag of skirted fibre, to relax and rest, when she fell backwards into the stack of bags, all of which loudly released air! Now Bronwen firmly declares the noise came from the bags, but Fiona and Tracy were crying with laughter and really didn’t care! In fact they were laughing so much, they didn’t help Bronwen get out of the situation she found herself in! It was, however, extremely soft and comfortable so there Bron stayed, until a small enough amount of concern, allowed Tracy and Fiona to pull her back up to her feet.
Bron then decided to make some tea, but because Alex didn’t realise she was in the kitchen, she got locked in and was found, peering out of the top stable door, waiting to be released; she does look a lovely shade of grey though!
Skirting fleeces is a very important part of making our soft alpaca yarn. An alpaca has a very large fleece, but only a small percentage of it is good enough to be used in our yarn production. We do this selection by hand to make sure we only get the very best quality fibre in our yarn and we are starting to see great results from it! We are learning all the time and put all this knowledge into producing the highest quality yarn for you to knit with and wear!