I am a very lucky girl! I have the privilege to be a friend of Judy Kilbury, the owner of Stoney Hedge Farm in Marion, OH.
First of all, Judy is a wonderful person: good hearted, wise, and fun to be around! She fell in love with alpacas and llamas about five years ago and I believe we met shortly after. We both love to knit; we share a passion that brings me to good people over and over again.
Judy started with only 3 animals after visiting the Delaware County Fair and today she has 18: 5 llamas and 13 alpacas. The llamas like to protect the alpacas. Both animals have wonderful fiber and Judy’s goal is to educate her customer about them.
Some great attributes of the fiber: 1. Fire retardant, one of the least flammable, difficult to ignite, slow spreading flames. It’s easy to extinguish, it beads like ash, and does not stick to your skin. 2. Absorbs moisture from skin and increases your comfort factor. 3. It’s lightweight, versatile, and is an all-weather fiber. 4. It’s great for spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, felting, insulation, batting, and many more uses. 5. It’s very fine and not itchy against the skin. Please visit www.stoneyhedgefarm.com for more information and products. She also carries blends of fiber like alpaca/hemp for example.
Last winter we were there to visit her and her animals for the first time, but needless to say it was freezing and we did not spend a lot of time outdoors. My students, my daughter, and I went back two weeks ago and it was delightful! The animals are lovable! Since then, 2 crias (babies) were born: one llama and one alpaca.
Aren’t they beautiful?
Right across the street from the farm you can spot the most lovely school house building you have ever seen! Judy’s father (who lived to be 104) and Judy have been students there. Her father also helped remodel the building and today it is used as a school! He use to sit outside the building before school started to answer any questions the students might had about the school in the past.
I hope one day you can also visit Judy and her farm. Be prepared for a treat!