Thursday, July 3, 2008

In Which The Family Farm Goes Alpaca

Pucci and Riana's fiber

On the morning that we moved to Michigan, I got the news. My Grandpa had died, peacefully, in the night. I had been able to say goodbye to him in the summer, and I had sensed then that it was goodbye. I rejoiced that he was with his Saviour. But for myself, my heart was sore. I would not be able to make it to the funeral, and I felt the ties to my extended family being torn away. How long would it be before the farm was sold, before all the things that kept us together had gone? This was one of the last times we would be together, aunts, uncles and cousins, and I was missing it.

But God is so good. Sometimes life holds sorrows we cannot imagine. Sometimes it holds special surprises.

My Grandma with Diamond

My uncle and aunt decided to start at an alpaca farm at Grandma's. The farm would be a real farm again! A fiber farm. Wow. It couldn't get much better than that!, I thought. But it did.

The alpacas have been bought, but are living at another farm right now until our farm is made ready. So my aunt was surprised to get this year's shearing. She wrote me.... would you like to spin it for us to sell?

Ummm...... would I? Does the phrase "briar patch" come to mind?

So here we are, with approximately 23 lbs of the most beautiful alpaca you can imagine.

Nice soft place to sprawl!

Here we are, and I will get a wheel to spin it

I will spin threads, yarns, ties to the farm where my grandfathers and mothers sweated and bled and laughed and wept for almost two hundred years, and where I have sweated and laughed and dropped my own tears. I will spin threads, yarns, that will hold me a little closer to my family in spite of all the miles between us. So sweet.

my cousin Lisa with Earliglow, our first cria. She is named after the first berries Grandpa grew back when the farm was a strawberry farm.


Carissa said...

What a wonderful post! I'm glad that you'll be getting a wheel, and that you'll be spinning alpaca to connect you to your family! And Earliglow is my favorite strawberry variety!

Kimberly (Woven~N~Spun) said...

As I sit here with a smile on my face at your fortune with the fiber and the wheel, my heart is also glad to see the family farm continue.

cyndy said...

I always knew a wheel would find you~ how wonderful that a fiber farm comes with it!

I am so happy for you and the blessings you have received!

Denise said...

That is such a great story, Donna. But, wow! Twenty three pounds sounds daunting ...

Nancy said...

I'm so very happy for you. It's such an encouragement to see your family farm continue and I know you'll enjoy spinning that alpaca!

fiberjoy said...

Such a wonderful story, and terrific news! What a blessing to have 200 years of history continuing in a sense through your hands.

You will love spinning with a wheel. Do you know which type?

Cary at Serenity Farms said...

Donna, your post brought me to tears, too. Thank you for sharing this thread, a common one I think, with the blogging world.

I look forward to having some spinning time with you again, when that wheel arrives!

Big hugs!

Theresa said...

What a fun post. It's so neat about the alpaca farm and the alpaca fiber. I can't wait to see your wheel! :o)

Aunt Linda said...

How wonderful to know you are enjoying the Alpaca fleece! And we ARE wonderfully connected as a family! I remember many happy times working together at Strawberry Hill and you don't seem so far away. Aunt Linda