Joan’s Travels – Alpaca Yarn and My Slouch Hat Pattern
On a recent visit to Southern Oregon, I dropped in at LLamas and Llambs, a terrific yarn store in historic Jacksonville, Oregon, which specializes in alpaca yarn. On this trip, I was looking for some yarn to make a knitted slouch hat beret pattern for my daughter for Christmas.
I love Jacksonville, which was recently named one of the best small towns in America to visit by Frommers. Settled in the 1850′s during the gold mining era, Jacksonville has a unique blend of quaint shops, history, art and good food. Whenever I go, I always visit LLamas and Llambs to check out the yarns. This particular weekend they had demonstrations inside and out the historic house where the shop is located.
Outside in the yard were some alpacas and llamas, as well as sheep and long-haired bunny rabbits so you could see where yarn actually comes from and talk to the owners. I had purchased some beautiful fawn-colored alpaca yarn in the shop and it turned out to be from Silver Rose Ranch in Medford, Oregon. The owners were just outside the shop and I got to meet two of their cute alpacas.
Back to my slouch hat pattern. These hats have gotten popular from the movie Twilight and my daughter said she’d love to have one. I got this terrific pattern on Etsy.com for just $5 and it is fairly easy. It involves a little crocheting for the hat edging but it seems simple enough for my limited crochet skills.
If you like the slouch hat beret, you can purchase it on Etsy from SimonDesign. Here service was very fast and you can pay with pay pal or a credit card.
If you have a chance to visit Jacksonville, Oregon, drop in at Llamas & Llambs Boutique, 180 N. Oregon Street
Jacksonville, Oregon. They are closed on Wednesdays at the moment. They do have the most beautiful alpaca yarn, as well as other specialty yarns, needles, looms, books and finished products, including to-die-for quilts. They also do classes.