Last Sunday was shearing day at at Rock Garden Alpacas.
What this means for the alpacas is they get all their fiber shaved off.
This is fabulous news for all of us waiting to see what the new season of fiber will bring and bad for the alpacas as they loose their clothes.
Until their fiber starts to grow back they're basically naked.
However, this is really good for them coming into the hot summer months.
They're a lot cooler without those heavy coats on.
And, by shearing them at this time of the year it allows plenty of time for their coats to grow back.
After the shearing the fiber gets sorted and organized in piles as to where it's going.
The "blankets" of high quality may be sent to shows or processed at a Mill into roving, the other blankets and the 2nds; depending on length and quality, may be processed into batts by my sister or sent onto the Fiber Bank in exchange for product and the 3rds may be shipped off to the Fiber Bank, or sent to the Mill to make into rug yarn or felt.
From the pictures I have to say that the fiber looks really, really good.
Maybe some of it in one form or another will end up at the post office for "big" sister. Hint! Hint!