MoPaca mo problems

We hit up the American Royal's Alpaca Convention today.

It was Ty's second trip to the annual convention. We took him last year when he was just a couple of weeks old. I remember calling the pediatrician's office to make sure it was okay for me to take him. I wonder if that's one of the odder new parent questions they have gotten. Anyway, they said yes and we had a great time. I could've sworn we had pics from last year but they are nowhere to be found.

But we do have pics from today!

Ty got to do more interacting with the alpacas than he did last year, although last year the alpacas were really into him and watched him closely whenever he came near. Here he is below while he watched judges take a close look at a group of alpacas.

I love his expression. It's like, "Um, what exactly am I doing here?"

And then he returned to checking them out:

Yup! That's our little guy--already showing a deep appreciation for the wonderfulness of the alpaca!
From there, we walked around to say hello to these beauties.

Hello, gorgeous!

I didn't buy any knitting wool this visit--my favorite alpaca guy wasn't there-- but we still brought home some awesome souvenirs!  We bought Ty a little sweater with a fair isle alpaca pattern and an alpaca finger puppet that he tried to eat.

I bought these Peruvian boots that are totally comfortable and also super bright. I wore them all afternoon while we went out to buy our spring garden seeds. Then I wore them while I worked in the garden and planted our seed potato. So excited! I grinned the whole way home--excited like a little kid. 

On other craft notes--posting some pics of the hand-quilting I'm working on to finish this quilt. The pieces came to as unfinished squares of uncertain, yet family origin. I've been slowly quilting my way through it all year. I actually got started on New Year's Day, so how's that for keeping a careful record!

I am knitting some booties with the last of my fantastic alpaca wool. I will post pics soon!