I'm currently staying with friends just north of St Croix Falls, Wisconsin. I am just across the border from Minnesota near the St Croix River. GoogleEarth it if you care.
I am 8 miles out of town, which seems like a long ways to drive now. I guess I am used to living where driving 3 miles will put me in the ocean! Distances all seem so far here. To get to where I am, I have to turn off the main highway and go 2 miles on this road.
And the drive is well worth it. My friend has gobs of acres where she raises fiber animals and a few milking goats. There is always something interesting to look at here. Where I sit at my computer I can look out the window and see this view.
In case you don't believe me, this is definitely a working farm. Except they won't let me drive any of the equipment. Man, I would love to get on their zero turn radius lawn mower!
There is even a special pen for the boys. Llamas that is.
This picture is zoomed. I never get to near them. Especially the boys. They spit and it is gross, gross, gross.
There are llamas everywhere you look.
Alpacas, goats and sheep too.
And this handsome dairy goat buck.
I zoomed this picture too. He is, shall we say, slightly ripe in the smell department! Theresa, that is a Navajo ewe just behind him.
And why do we have all these animals here? Why for the fiber of course. Here are some balls of wool something or other blend just waiting for me to dip into them and start spinning. Can't wait to get my butt on a spinning wheel again! I think I'll be grabbing one of the pretty ones.
These next pictures are especially for Theresa and Nancy. Eat your heart out girls! (the rest of you can have a look too!)
These are what you saw in the basket above, all spun and skeined.
My friend is a pro at hand dyeing and dyes all of her stuff. Some pretty interesting combinations too. Here's a couple of pics of yarn drying.
And finally, all labeled and ready for market! Alas, I will not be bringing any back with me. Firstly, it is too hot in Mexico for this kind of fiber and secondly, who would wear anything I made out of it in Mexico? But if you want to see more and even maybe buy some, go here.
There you have it. Where I am and why I am having such a good time! I may even share a few pictures with you of me actually at the spinning wheel, but you have to ask nicely!