The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley Winchester VA

In late June my son and I joined my friend Katie and her son in Winchester VA to check out the lego exhibit at The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. The museum also includes the R. Lee Taylor miniatures collection, extensive gardens, and ever changing art exhibits. It was such a beautiful day when we visited, sunny but with a nice breeze to keep things from being too hot. There are many Lego sculptures by Sean Kenney through out the gardens, but I also really loved looking at all the dollhouses inside.

Alpaca Babypalooza

A few weekends ago I happened to see a notice for an event called Alpaca Babypalooza. The Sugarloaf Alpaca Company was inviting everyone to come out to Adamstown MD and see the baby alpacas. How could anyone resist the idea of two dozen baby alpaca? The whole event was free, which I thought was really lovely. First we fed the alpacas with food that was provided. Then we took a tour of the spinning mill, which was so interesting! I wish I had taken photos. After the tour we came out side just in time to watch see an alpaca giving birth. Neither of us had seen an animal born before and it was such an astounding experience.
Before leaving we made sure to pick up some treats from the gift shop. I bought a couple of amazingly soft alpaca batts for spinning, and B decided on a needle felting kit. I am saving my batts for a special Halloween yarn I am planning to spin myself. I want to knit a pair of arm warmers for the Fall with a Halloween vibe to them. I am still looking for the perfect pattern.