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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Productive Spinning Class

Saturday, August 26th, 9am - 5pm


Arapaho Rose Alpacas, Redding, CA


$90 (Includes $10 material fee)


10 students min. - 15 students maximum?


Class Description: This workshop explores what it takes to be amore competent, productive spinner. Stephanie will assess and improve efficiency, consistency and productivity.

Prerequisites: All Levels of spinners will benefit from this workshop. Students must be able to spin a continuous thread.

Bring: A spinning wheel in good working order, a chair (optional) and a brown bag lunch.

To sign up: This class will be open to the first 15 paid registrants.

Registration must be paid by July 1st.

Fees are not refundable after August 1st.

Once the class fills, a notice will be emailed and a waiting list established.


To register send payment to:

Terry C. Garratt

25550 Ash Creek Rd

Anderson, CA 96007

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

April Showers bring May Flowers

Back yard fountain

Back yard fountain

Yes we really did have a wet winter but all the plants enjoyed it after years of drought. The roses are fantastic this year. I have in excess of 250 roses. Well actually I quit counting at 250 and have probably planted another 100 since then. I love it when they all start blooming in the spring. Well truly I love all the flowers.
Dog yard aka front yard

Dog yard aka front yard

Front yard

Front yard

One Perfect Rose

One Perfect Rose

Don't forget the lovely Iris

Don't forget the lovely Iris


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Update on SAND - Spinosa's AfterNoon Delight

Sand at 4 days with mom Delight

Sand at 4 days with mom Delight

SAND was born on 4-15-17. Weighting in at 15.4 pounds and I think she will be Bay Black or Dark Brown when shorn. She is the result of breeding Delight who is medium brown with a grey back ground and Spinosa who is black. Really nice girl with a beautiful head.
SAND at 12 days old

SAND at 12 days old


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Meet Spice

Spice at 6 days old

Spice at 6 days old

Wow another girl. That's three in a row. Having said that I have probably just jinxed the rest of the year to boys. That's all I've had for the last 3 years. It took a few days to come up with a name for this high spirited and inquisitive little girl. Well really not so little she was born at 20.8 pounds. Her mom is Cosette and probably one of the smallest alpacas on the ranch and had one of the larger crias born here. She is full sister to Delgado who looked like he was a medium rose grey until we sheared him this year and he is actually a medium silver grey. I believe Spice will also be a medium silver grey. Her dam is Cosette and her sire is Spinosa.
Cosette and Spice

Cosette and Spice


Monday, April 17, 2017

Meet Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight - less than 1 hour old

Afternoon Delight - less than 1 hour old

What a wonderful delivery on the only non-rainy day this week. Arapaho Bisturi's Delight gave birth to Arapaho Spinosa's Afternoon Delight. Born around noon on 4-15-2017 at 15.4 pounds. She was a little cold at first but is up and playing with the other crias. She is less than an hour old in these pictures.
Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight

Delight with Afternoon Delight

Delight with Afternoon Delight


Thursday, March 9, 2017

California Classic Round Up - March 24-26, 2017

El Rey

El Rey

Visit us at an Alpaca Show. We will be taking three of our young boys for this show Delgado, True and Tarek. There will actually be two different types of shows. The first part of the show will be the WALKING FLEECE SHOW. In this show a fiber judge will evaluate the fleece on the animal. The will be looking for consistency, length, fiber diameter, consistency of color, and handle these traits are judged against a standard. The second part of the show will be the HALTER SHOW. International Judge Peter Kennedy from Australia will be judging. While he will be looking for all the same traits in fleece he will also be looking at confirmation. The animals entered in this portion of the show will be judged against each other. This event is open to the public and FREE. The show is at the Dixon-May Fairgrounds in Dixon Calif.
Spinosa

Spinosa

Top Three in the Class

Top Three in the Class

Mandaletta

Mandaletta


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Shearing Demonstration April 1, 2017

Shearing

Shearing

We will be shearing about 15 alpacas. Come.... hang out, enjoy.

This event is F R E E!

Come Join Us April 1, 2017 from 10-2
10702 Arapaho Drive, Redding, CA

The public is invited to watch the annual harvest of alpaca fiber. We will be giving talks for those that want to learn more about alpacas. You will be able to walk in the pastures with the alpacas.
Taking a Fiber Sample

Taking a Fiber Sample

Tulla getting a final trim

Tulla getting a final trim

Diplomat Before Shearing

Diplomat Before Shearing

Diplomate After Shearing

Diplomate After Shearing


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Meet Asia

Asia at 3 months

Asia at 3 months

Here is the much awaited first cria of the season. Asia has broken the boy pattern and hopefully has started the new phase of female crias. The last three year all the crias have been male. They have all been outstanding but you can only have so many studs. Asia is a medium rose gray female out of India and Vantaggio. She is very crimpy and very dense. I think we'll redo this breeding.
Asia 3 days old with mom India

Asia 3 days old with mom India


Monday, September 26, 2016

Lambtown 2016

Come visit us at Lambtown in Dixon next weekend October 1 and 2, 2016. It's a wonderful fiber festival at the Dixon May Fairgrounds. Looks like lots of vendors this year.

Monday, September 26, 2016

2016 National Alpaca Farm Days

Calif Dreamin with True making friends

Calif Dreamin with True making friends

What a wonderful day. We had over 600 visitors. They were able to walk through the pastures and visit with the alpacas. We were giving talks and Steve and Lin from Lassen View Alpacas were here to help and talk alpacas to the attendees. Fiber Artist were demonstrating spinning, weaving, carding and bobbin lace. Hot dogs, chips and water were available as well as wine tasting for the adults with a big thanks to my neighbor Matson's Vineyard. We had a Kid's of all ages activity area where you could learn to make fiber ball, color an alpaca face mask. The alpacas were fat and happy after all the pellets they got all day long. In all it was a great day. If you missed it put it on your calendar the LAST Saturday in September 30th 2017.
Delgado the fan favorite

Delgado the fan favorite

Pearl is so gentle.

Pearl is so gentle.

Fun in the pasture

Fun in the pasture

Spinning Demonstration

Spinning Demonstration