Howling Hill Farm is now breeding ... Crystals?
Okay, that was a joke -- the crystals don't breed, unfortunately (how cool would THAT be?) -- but they are beautiful, and they are a tentative new venture here at Howling Hill Farm.
I became enamored of rocks and crystals last year, and discovered that there is just as much fun to be had in the purchase and sale of minerals as livestock. As an added bonus, crystals don't ever get sick, they can't die, and their value tends to appreciate over time -- unlike live animals, which, while fantastic, are subject to the whims of Mother Nature.
Thus, without further ado, we roll out the beginnings of the Howling Hill Crystal Collection, now available on our Etsy Page alongside our top-quality alpaca yarn.
Have a look here.
There isn't an enormous inventory so far -- mainly because "during a pandemic" is a rather odd time to start up a new venture. Still, once the world reopens and I can begin scouting for crystals -- watch out for some cool stuff!
Oh, one more thing I didn't mention about the crystals -- it turns out that they, like animals, are oddly enjoyable to photograph.
Shearing 2020 took place a week and a half ago. We had an awesome team this year and, with a significantly reduced herd size, got through the whole alpaca herd in one day! This year's shearing felt like quite an accomplishment, for personal reasons.
Our yarn has been selling quite briskly on Etsy, so we are eager to get another batch down to the mill ..!
K writes this stuff, for some reason that has yet to become apparent.