Thursday, May 12, 2011

Cute baby (fiber-producing) animals

Earlier in the week I followed a directive from a certain widely-known knit blogger and went to a more or less local park to see some cherry blossoms (click here to see pictures of that.)

Obviously I don't get out enough because in spite of having lived near the park in question for a spell about 25 years ago, I didn't know it also has a zoo.

A zoo with fiber-producing animals in it, some of whom have had babies recently.  And I thought maybe you would like to see some seriously early stages of knitting instead of helping me decide whether I have to frog the baby sweater sleeve for the fifth time. (am I right or am I right?)

First up, the baby llama:

I so love the way llamas look.  You can get fiber from llamas, right?  Maybe I'm making that up.  They look totally huggable, anyway, and this baby was adorable, grazing on the grass within reach of his nose.

Beyond the llama zone, bison:

Somewhere after that was an emu, for whom I felt a great fondness (from a respectful distance.)  Not so two other passing ladies who had stopped to admire him just moments before he pooped in really the most dramatic, abrupt way, leading to astonished cries of horror and disgust.  I cropped out as much as possible of the bison poop from those animals' glamour shot, but I can assure you there was a lot more that wasn't around their feet, so I'm not sure why those ladies were surprised by more animal poop.  It was a zoo after all.

Moving on, a particular breed of sheep the name of which I don't recall now, but - sheep! You gotta have the sheep:

It's Thursday already, of the week I was supposed to recharge my batteries after four months of packing and moving with mum.  I'm still stuck on my baby sweater and almost out of yarn for my mystery shawl and getting alarmingly past the point of travel knitting with the sock sweater and I've hardly sat down at all because of all the cleaning and purging (in particular of my closet after reading that Sel and Poivre had done that yesterday in spite of other clearly more pressing concerns.)  I think I deserve some sittin' time today, don't you?


Sel and Poivre said...

It really pays to be a tourist in your own town doesn't it?

Kathleen Taylor said...

Love the zoo pics. Llama *wool* is lovely for spinning. It's straight (usually no crimp), and fine, and it makes a really gorgeous halo. There is a llama farm about 2 miles from where I live, and my first really nice handspun yarns were llama/wool blends. I love spinning it.