Way back in May, we packed up hundreds of pounds of alpaca fiber and shipped them off to a small mill in Michigan.
And then we patiently waited for socks to be shipped back to us.
Socks made from our own fiber. Socks so warm and cozy your feet will be begging for cold weather just so they can slip themselves into these babies.
And then, last week we got the call. The socks were shipping, the socks were shipping! I don't think a UPS delivery guy has ever been more loved.
Look what he brought us:
You may see brown socks, but I see comfort, warmth and happiness.
Here's a close up. Don't you see it too?
If you are a fan of warm feet and would like to keep your tootsies toasty, check out the Alpaca Socks and Gloves page.
I'm pretty darn sure your feet will send you a thank you card.
Is it possible to love a pair of socks? I'm not talking mere affection, the type of like/love where you would slightly miss them if you didn't own them.
No. I'm talking about the deep down in-your-heart-which-would-be-broken if you lost them type of love for a pair of socks. Where your toes cry out for them on a snowy Winter morning.
If it is possible to love a pair of socks, then I totally love these alpaca socks.
And if you spend any time outdoors in the Winter above the Mason-Dixon line, you will love them too. And I suspect there are those below the line that will love them as well.
The first day it hovers around 32 degrees, these puppies go on my hooves and they don't come off until Apil. (That's not entirely true. They do come off for washing, but I think you get the picture.)
These thick socks are a mix of alpaca, for warmth, and nylon, for staying up power. And even better, they are made in the USA with fiber from animals right here in the states. A 100% made in America garment -- that's pretty rare.
I don't want to leave you with the impression that these are from our animals. We are in the process of having our own socks made. Way back in May, we shipped off about 100 pounds of our own alpaca fleece, mixed with fleeces from a neighboring farm, to a mill in Michigan for processing into socks. The mill warned us that we wouldn't get our socks back until May of 2012, and they meant it.
That's the good news and bad news rolled into one package. Bad for us that there is such a long wait, but good for the local economy that there is such a demand for American-made products. We're happy to know that our farm is helping to employ mill workers in our neighboring state.
Heck with occupying Wall Street. We say occupy American-made socks!
On Saturday, That'll Do Farm is taking part in Small Business Saturday. It's a chance for you, the shopper, to show your support of your neighborhood small businesses -- the mom and pop stores that make up your town.
This Christmas, we ask that you make one (just one, but feel free to make more!) purchase at a locally owned, independent retailer.
And if heavenly warm, thick socks are on your list, we hope you stop out at the farm to pick up a pair for the farmer, skiier, hunter, hiker, popsicle-toed outdoor-lover on your list.
American-made socks. Locally owned business. THAT is a win-win situation.