This weekend was jam packed with adventures! On Saturday we went into the city to see this adorable creatures at MOPACA. Finding parking was ridiculous because there was also a cheer competition going on. But finally we found our entrance and made our way into the world of the alpaca.
There are two breeds of alpaca - Suri (dreads) and Huacaya (bouffant). Fiber from the Suri is slippery and silky and clings to everything. All alpaca fiber is deliciously soft but doesn't have as much crimp as wool (bends in the hairs) which makes it a little difficult to spin and requires a bunch of twist. But what a joy it is to run your hands through.
Alpacas are judged on form, softness of wool, color and uniformity of wool throughout the body. Just like humans, not all hair from all parts of an alpaca's body are the same. The best hair of camels and bison are found on their shoulders. I learn the most wonderful things at these types of events.
You can eat alpaca and they are tasty. We talked to a lady that sold her alpaca sausage and jerky. Most of the boys that she doesn't like become food. You only really need a few studs. I love the zero waste of it all. I never did ask if you could milk them.
The whole reason that we were at MOPACA was so that I demo spinning with some of the other guild members. I got to talk to passers by and give them my five minute, you can do it too pep talk. Spinning is much more fun than playing on your phone in public and it helps you meet your other fiber peeps quicker.
We also got to have a look at the Plug Project, a gallery down in the stockyard district. I really liked both of the shows that were up. Ian and I had a good conversation about rituals and looking at objects and trying to guess what they were used for. They have a small gallery devoted to solo shows of KC artists. I so badly want to have a solo show there. It'll be the next application I write.
Farm Report: Ian built me a planter box. I planted my seedlings and that night a good down pour came and snapped most of them. Should have read the weather report. So maybe now I'll have to plant more of the other seedlings. Good thing I left some in reserve! Discovered that bok choy should not be planted with tomatoes because it belongs to the cabbage family. On the look out for another container.
Reading: When Breathe Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi - So good. Life, the brain and death.
Listening to: The starlings that have nested in our dryer vent....should I call housing? Wait for their babies to hatch? I don't particularly love starlings but I really hated seeing baby bird bodies on the sidewalks in NE. They poison the starlings because they are an invasive species.
Eating: Snuck away to Orange Leaf with Bea while her father was at work. Shhhhh. Don't tell.