Baa baa Brittany, have you any wool?

Yes, sir. Yes, sir, one bag full!

From front to back: Loredo, Merlin, Brittany, Dianna (hidden), and Morocco.

Wait. Alpacas don’t go “baa”. “Mmm Mmm Brittany, have you any wool?” just doesn’t have the same ring though.

Mom and Dad sent over pictures of our roving this morning! We have five bags of roving just in from the mill, totalling almost 10 pounds of yummy un-spun fiber.

Morocco's slightly orange tinged white roving is a highlight.

I can’t wait to work with Morocco’s fiber! It is the softest and most brilliant of our alpacas’ fiber.

To get a feeling for how luminous a fiber is, bend a small amount around your finger in bright natural light.

Over the Easter holiday, I’ll head down to the ranch to pick up my share. My Aunt Geri, who has been spinning alpaca fiber, will also get some of the fiber. We have black, white, off-white, and grey to choose from; it’s going to be fun!

Looking at the bags lined up in a row reminded me of a nursery rhyme my Mom used to sing to me and my brother. My grandma used to sing it to my Mom, and her mom (my great grandma) taught it to her. It’s an old English nursery rhyme, originally printed in 1744, and it’s sung to the tune of “twinkle twinkle, little star”:

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full.
One for the master,
One for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Amazing how these things stick with you, eh? It was the “three bags full” line that got me. I called Mom and I was like, “Do you remember that…like rhyme or something…involving sheep and bags of fleece? I think one of the sheep was black.” And that was enough to jolt her memory. She recited the whole thing. And I wikipedia’d the background info 🙂

About cliffhousealpacas

Once upon a time, my dad drove by some funny looking animals standing on little dirt hills in a field. Thus, the dream of an alpaca ranch was born. Now, we are embarking on a grand adventure of raising alpacas and becoming fiber artists.
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3 Responses to Baa baa Brittany, have you any wool?

  1. You should click on the images to get the full resolution of picture. It really shows how the fibers look.

  2. geri says:

    This is SO exciting – I think that I am the “…little one that lives down the lane…” and I cant wait to get some! Gordon is right – clicking on the pics really shows the brilliance!

    • Most definitely. It’s a long lane, but you live down it. And the speed limit is 75 for much of it, thankfully!

      It is inspiring to have all that yummy fiber just waiting to be spun!

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