We take this break from the ongoing Tale of Taos to spotlight some of the cuter fiber animals on display at the Wool Festival itself. (Both the new “Vogue Knitting” and the latest “Hobby Farms Magazine” arrived in yesterday’s mail after all; I have my priorities.)
Behold the young alpaca. Nervously humming throughout the day, he and his pen mate gathered onlookers far and wide. We had to leave the poor guys. If I had to answer one more, “Why do they make that noise?” question, it was going to severely inhibit my enjoyment of the festival.
Quite a bit larger and, as we found out quickly, much more relaxed is this llama. He made a liar out of me as I had just told Robert that, like alpacas, llamas could be nervous (and spit further) and to approach carefully.
He was not nervous; he was ridiculously friendly and generous with his kisses. I want one.
Ah, pygora goats, resulting from a cross between pygmies (goats not tribesmen) and Angoras. They are about the size of a smallish to medium dog, probably around 40 pounds, if that, and need very little space. If you want to hang up your lawnmower and get some fiber as a bonus, these are the goats for you.
Finally, the Angora Rabbit, which actually produces angora unlike the Angora Goat which produces mohair. The Angora Rabbit is accompanied by a soundtrack of “please, please, please, please, please!”
My goodness, here he is again! Why do they always look so much larger when you get them home?
More to come...