We started with Lindago Alpaca Farm, not far from Lynda's house. Lindago has a large needle punch felting machine, and they will allow people to rent time on it for $20 / hour. Lynda is looking forward to working with this machine. She and Linda from Lindago may be offering some needle punch felting classes in the near future ...
I also got this lovely pair of fingerless gloves made by "Elizabeth" at Classic Alpaca, though Fair Trade.
Then we trekked out to Sabamba Alpaca Farm with B&B. Lynda wanted another grey fleece from Abraham. I am so enjoying spinning the alpaca roving I got there last fall, that I wanted more ... No roving this time, but I did get a nice creamy soft fleece from "Zak." The nice thing about the alpaca fleeces is that I don't have to wash them, like sheep fleeces (unless they are really dirty). Alpaca fleeces don't have the lanolin / sunt (sheep sweat) that the sheep fleeces have.
Mrs. Sabamba had a bag of a prize-winning fleece there with the scorecard from the last competition. Very impressive. She explained to us about the crimp. Their fleeces tend to have a longer staple length, and if the crimp goes the whole length of the lock, you know it was a happy alpaca. If they lose the crimp at any stage, you can tell that they were stressed in some way. Very interesting.