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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Gold Gountry Gathering

Cosette 3rd Place GCG

Cosette 3rd Place GCG

What a great show and fun time I had at Gold Country Gathering alpaca show. Well maybe I had such a good time because it's probably one of the best showing I've had. I took the same 6 alpacas that went to AlpacaMania, Fantine, Amelia, Gypsy, Terra, Cora Lee, and Cosette. We took 2 Reserve Color Champion, 4 First Places, 1 Third and a 4th Place. Some of the animals we competed against were the same as last weekend but there were many new farms represented. I'm so proud of my girls. I also entered the fleece show and we did great there also. Amelia is the only one that did both shows,she got a 1st Place in fleece also.

Amelia is a suri alpaca, who's fiber hangs in small pencil bundles that hang like dreadlocks. Amelia is the first suri I've ever shown. While I think she's beautiful doesn't mean she stacks up well to others. She held her own in both shows. Trying to prepare a suri fiber for show is really different than huacaya's fleece. Didn't really know what I was doing. Actually< I just pulled out vegetation and any short pieces and she did great.

OK so it is Halloween so I have Eeyore's Ears on in the show ring, it's allowed.

Amelia, 1ST Place

Amelia, 1ST Place

Gypsy, 1ST and Reserve Color Champ

Gypsy, 1ST and Reserve Color Champ

Terra 1st

Terra 1st

Saturday Night Cook Off

Saturday Night Cook Off


Saturday, October 12, 2013

AlpacaMania 2013

Amelia

Amelia

I just have to say I always enjoy the Alpacamania show in Central Point Oregon. It's always fun to reconnect with people you haven't seen for a while. It's even better when you go into the show ring and get good placement.

I believe the alpacas I took to Mania this year are the best I've ever taken. There were 6 in all. Amelia (suri) took First Place in Fleece and Halter. Terra,Gypsy and Cora Lee also got First Places in the halter class but I did not enter their fleeces. Cosette took a third in both Halter and Fleece. Some how I failed to get a picture of her in her class.

Amelia's fleece is the first suri I ever enter into the fleece show. Didn't have a clue on how to skirt it so just took out the vegetation and what looked like it might be short pieces. Couldn't figure how to organize it. It all just sort of sits there I couldn't tell shoulder from hip or topline from belly???
Cora Lee

Cora Lee

Terra and Fantine (Showed by Lin Murray)

Terra and Fantine (Showed by Lin Murray)

Gypsy

Gypsy

Gypsy and Terra waiting their turn.

Gypsy and Terra waiting their turn.


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Booth at Lambtown 2013

Alpaca Fleece's for sale

Alpaca Fleece's for sale

This is the seventh year we have had a booth at Lambtown in Dixon, CA. It's interesting to observe the cycle of interest in the attendees. Several years ago when the economy first took a down turn you saw people getting back to the basic like knitting and crocheting. The following year the people were looking for rovings the year after that they wanted fleece and this year they were back looking for yarn. I wonder if the cycle is cyclical?

Well we didn't bring any yarn this year so miss out on those sales but still did a respectable business in fleeces and rovings. Guess we better bring yarn for next year.

One of the most rewarding thing that happened is we had two people come by with projects they had made from the fiber they had gotten from us last year. I'm a little slow on the uptake so didn't think until the second person show up to take a picture. The shawl was made from our variegated rovings spun into lace weight knitted into a shawl then entered into the Monterey County Fair and took First Place.
Alpaca Fiber, and rovings

Alpaca Fiber, and rovings

Our Booth

Our Booth

First Place shawl

First Place shawl


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Honeybee Festival

Gypsy at the Honeybee Festival

Gypsy at the Honeybee Festival

This weekend was the Palo Cedro Honeybee festival. We have been participating in this event for the last 6 years. We take alpaca products and a couple of alpacas each day. We are spinning and weaving in the booth but by far the biggest attraction is the alpacas.

We normally bring alpacas that are going to the fall shows. How better to socialize them than by being petted by every stranger attending the festival. We swap out animals each day. Attendees remarked we treat the alpacas better than the humans. They always have fans on them. This year we really needed them. The temperature was in the triple digits. The alpacas were under a huge tree with a pop up tent and fans.

As always the alpacas were wonderful ambassadors. They had a steady stream of admirers both days. During one of the few breaks we had the alpacas kushed and Triumph was caught cat napping. He was like I am when I read the paper and my head nods and the paper drops. POWER NAP!!!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ide Adobe Day SHP

I joined fellow weavers and spinners at Ide Adobe Day in Red Bluff. We wore period dress of the 1850's. I can tell you I have a whole new respect for those people and the cloth they wore. It was a reasonably hot day probably around 100 degrees. We did get a spot under a lovely old oak tree that provided lots of shade, it was still uncomfortably hot. We rejoiced when the breeze came off the Sacramento River. It was a lovely day, got to talk to lots of people interested in the crafts if the period. Volunteers played period music, there were hands on period activities and crafts. It was fun to see how much fun the kids were having with a couple of sticks and a hoop they tossed back and forth.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Fun Day Scarf Making

Felted Scarf Play Day

Felted Scarf Play Day

What a lovely day we had making felted scarves. It is amazing how a group of people with the same resources can create totally one of a kind scarves.
Coleen

Coleen

Sandy

Sandy

Roll that Scarf - Sandi

Roll that Scarf - Sandi

Nancy's Scarf

Nancy's Scarf


Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Joy of meeting a Cria.

Magdalena with visitor

Magdalena with visitor

Farm visitors love meeting the crias. These two visitors got to hold Magdalena and Sparkle who are both about 20 days old. You can see the joy in the kids faces. Here is where you create a memory.
Sparkle with visitor

Sparkle with visitor


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Dye Play Day

The temperature's are rising but that didn't stop us from enjoying ourselves. When went into dyeing frenzy mode. We dyed in crock pots single colors, multiple colors, we did fiber, roving, sock yarn and silk. We also painted rovings and yarn. We did subdued colors, and wild colors. While we were waiting for the dyed products to dry, we spun, carded, picked. It was a great day.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Lavender Fields Forever!

Had a fun day off the farm. Met with some friends and visited the Tuscany Heights Lavender Festival. You could buy a $5 ticket to cut your own lavender. They said you can cut all you want. Probably not the correct thing to say with alpaca people with lots of fleece to protect. Richard the owner even let us pick some of his private reserve found in his back yard.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Shear Bliss Born July 11, 2013

Shear Bliss is a big 20.8 pound bay black cira. Couldn't wait around for us to see her be born. She was up and nursing waiting for someone to come out and say hello.