No guerrilla yarn
I have this arrangement with a friend on Ravelry named Batty that I can buy yarn without her permission and she can buy yarn without mine. And you may have noticed that Batty responded to my blog about returning to the edge of the woods with a warning about yarn, the stuff that jumps into your stash before you know what happened. So I want to assure Batty and everybody else, and I have witnesses to prove it, that no, I did not get any guerrilla (or even gorilla) yarn. I still trying to imagine either a guerrilla like Che Guevara or a gorilla like Coco (the one who used to do sign language and had a Rex cat) jumping into my stash. (shudder!)
That Gwynne in the foreground, and in the back, Cindy (whose face you can see) is talking with Linda Walker, the co owner of Woods Edge Farm.
No, I went to Woods Edge Alpaca Farm on Sunday for two reasons: 1. to buy a skein of locally produced yarn for my Swap on A Budget spoilee, and 2. to get to meet Gwynne Lassiter and reconnect with Cindy Becker, two members of the Swap on A Budget on Ravelry. Cindy and I met at her knitting group at the South Brunswick Library in June, you remember. Gwynne husband drove her to my house, and she and I drove over together. Cindy drove herself from her home in South Brunswick. Linda Walker was in the shop and gave us all her full attention while we were there. She been raising her 300 alpacas and llamas for many years, and she knows her stuff.
We introduced ourselves as fellow members of Swap on a Budget on Ravelry and explained how this was our first time meeting Gwynne, and Linda was really interested. She said because we were all from Ravelry, we got an automatic 10% discount. And I was glad to take it because everything she had was more expensive than I remembered from my trip in June. I thought that I had seen yarn for $9 per skein at the fiber festival, but now I realize it must been from one of the other farms because the least expensive yarn I found was $15. I bought it anyway ($13.50 with the discount). It means my spoilee will not get all the little project bags I bought at Michael (we have to keep it t0 $20) or she will get the project bags but not the downloadable pattern from a knitting Web site that I have to pay for. However, it hermes uk does mean that instead, she probably get a magazine or knitting book of patterns that I already own and no longer need, and so that could work in her favor.
All the yarn on this rack was produced from alpacas raised at Woods Edge Farm.
Anyway, it gorgeous yarn, and I hope there will be enough for a pair of fingerless gloves or a hat or cowl that my spoilee will like. Or, she can use it as trim on a sweater. Or, she can order more matching yarn from Linda shop. Here the rack of yarn that I picked my swapee yarn from. The prices range, as I recall, from $15 to about $25 (maybe $29) without the discount.
Sitting on a bench next to this rack is a basket filled with alpaca tweed yarns in larger hanks.
Gwynne got some of this alpaca tweed.
Gwynne was seduced by this yarn and bought one hank ($48 before the discount). The good news is that this lace weight yarn comes to about 600 yards, enough to make a very nice shawl. I think my skein is only 150 yards.
By the way, if you are Gwynne spoilee, still your beating heart because Gwynne is keeping the alpaca tweed for herself hermes uk . It doesn fit in our swap budget.
The handmade soaps are under the glass covers, and the Woods Edge Honey is on the window sill.
Cindy has already bought most of her spoilee stuff, so she bought a small gift (not yarn). I don know what it is, so I can tell you and spoil the surprise. But I can tell you that Linda also raises honeybees and has her own line of honey and h hermes uk andmade soaps at the shop.
Upscale alpaca garments for sale at Woods Edge Farm store.
She also sells crocheted and knitted felted hats and a high end line of clothing knitted or woven from alpaca fibers. She also has tote bags, large and small, and other things that you could easily imagine seeing in a boutique on Madison Avenue in New York.
Another NJ member of Swap on a Budget is Arlene, one of the moderators. Arlene is a knitter and a spinner, and we had tried to get her to come with us on Sunday, but it didn work out. Linda told us she was going to have a and Spin event on the last Saturday in August, which made Cindy and me excited for Arlene. However, it turns out, Arlene has other plans that weekend that can be changed. But if you like to watch people spin yarn, or if you want to do some spinning yourself, go to the Woods Edge Web site and find out more.
Roving, the combed, washed and sometimes dyed fleeces that independent spinners spin into yarn, is sold in bags at Woods hermes uk Edge.
For Arlene sake, I took this photo of the beautiful, dyed and natural roving for sale at the farm store. The roving is $25 per bag. At the bottom of the photo on the right, in front of the bank of cubbyholes, is a box of baby Suri alpaca roving. This stuff is so soft, it almost melts. Linda calls it on the hoof. other shoppers arrived and we couldn keep Linda all to ourselves. But before we left, she graciously agreed to snap this picture of the three of us:
That Gwynne, Cindy and me at the end of our shopping spree.
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