I didn't know what to expect, so I headed out expecting a crowd of hundreds, kind of like when we went to see the Yarn Harlot at her book signing. Or when I foolishly thought this year on 4th of July night I could head out to the beach in Bay Head to watch the fireworks a few miles away from Point Beach there would only be a few people there like when I was a kid, and the place was mobbed. As I headed into the farm down the dusty bumpy dirt rode, (I'm so sorry I got you all dirtyKate!) I could not believe it...there were only a few cars there. I parked my car, and walked down to towards the barn. And caught my first sighting ever of real live Alpacas! That was only a few of the many I saw there. Set up outside the barn was a canopy and tables and chairs, and none other than Debbie Stoller herself. What a genuine, funny, unpretentious person. She was signing books, and I bought along my first book I purchased when I began knitting again, "Stitch and Bitch" for her to sign, which she did. She also was there to do a demonstration on intarsia knitting, and invited those of us there to grab some needles and yarn and join in. I decided just to watch and take pictures, but I got a good grasp of the technique. If you notice, Debbie knits with one needle under her arm! I forget what method that is, but it works for her.
When I learned the event was going to be in Jackson, I clicked on the link and read Rose, the owner's blog to get a little insight about the farm. I read the post (August 4) about the little cria, Cocoa, who was born premature, and wondered if he'd be there. I'd taken a walk through the stable earlier and thought I'd spotted him (the smallest there!) but when I spoke with Rose, I asked her how he was, and she offered to take me on an up close and person meeting to see Cocoa and everyone. I got to go inside the stalls and pet (sooooo soft!) and snuggle and talk to those sweet animals. And they talk back! I did not know they make all those sounds, cooing, humming, baahhing like sheep even.
This is Rose holding Cocoa, who is doing so well! How sweet is that little guy??
I had to purchase some yarn spun from some of these guys and gals to bring home. But...I didn't purchase one of them! Although...If I spun, I could totally see me getting one of my own. Where would I keep it? Oh, I'd love to have one as a pet at home, but I found out I could board it right there! A retirement opportunity should I decide to stay in NJ? hmmmm.....
It was a fun day, I am really glad I went. I'll go back to visit for sure, and also check out the one in Cape May someday, too.