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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Not a White Christmas

Holly and Havana

Holly and Havana

OK so we didn't get a White Christmas, BUT, we did get snow here twice in the last couple of weeks.

Snow is not unusal here since the mountains are just a few short miles away. It's not unusual to have the roads closed going north, east or west and on the rare occasion south. Redding is a little lower so we occasionally get snow. If we are lucky once or twice a year we might get some. So when we do get snow it's a BIG deal.

I love the snow and love it even more when it only last a day or so. You get all the joy of it's beauty without the trouble of having to driving in it or having to watch it turn to a dirty mess. I must admit feeding and cleaning the pasture in the snow isn't at the top of my fun list.

What we got for Christmas was rain all day. I can tell you NessaRose (alpaca) is getting really tired of the rain, snow, and cold weather. She is due any day with her first cria and has been getting stuck in the barn a lot! Coming soon pictures of Nessa's cria either Gypsy Rose Lee (girl) or Tulas (boy).
Fuju Persimmons

Fuju Persimmons

Nandina

Nandina

The Pond

The Pond

Pastures in the snow

Pastures in the snow


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Weave an Alpaca Scarf

Removing the first scarf from the loom.

Removing the first scarf from the loom.

We have just finished our first two "Weave an Alpaca Scarf" classes. This class is designed for you to learn to weave. You learn the basics and terms of weaving and the basic weave pattern. It's just a fun easy class to learn the basics.

Colleen Harvey-Arrison taught our first classes. She pre-warped the looms with alpaca yarn. The students chose two colors for thier scarf which sported a few small stripes.

Everyone had a great time and completing their alpaca scarves. Some of the students made scarves for themself and others were gifts. The weather outside was stormy and it even snowed (very unusual in Redding). Unfortunately, it kept us from visiting the alpacas and their new crias. We stayed inside and enjoyed watching nature from the warmth of the house. Everyone had a great day.

We already have requests for additional classes. Watch our website for new dates and times.

Check out our classes. CLICK the Store tab, then Instructions on the left side of the screen to see whats classe are available.
Weaving on a Cricket Loom

Weaving on a Cricket Loom

Hard at work

Hard at work

Focused on Weaving

Focused on Weaving

Colleen answering a question.

Colleen answering a question.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

2012 Alpaca Cria's

Cosette DOB 10-4-12 on Day One!

Cosette DOB 10-4-12 on Day One!

Here is our fall line up.
10-4-12 Cosette (dsg)female from Elphba (bb) and LV Vantagio (dsg)
10-2-12 Hugo (lf) male from Windy (bb) and LV Vantagio (dsg)
10-9-12 India (db) female from Citrine (mf) and Skywalker
10-26-12 Bentley (mf) male from Bonita (bb) and OVA Vyper (mb)
10-29-12 York (mb/lb?) male from Kiss (mb) and OVA Kiernan
11-28-12 Terra (bg/lf) female from Hevaeh and White Saber (w)

Still to come:
NessaRose. any day
Sierra Feb 13
Tuula Feb 13
Sedona Feb 13
Hugo DOB 10-26-12  India DOB 10-9-12

Hugo DOB 10-26-12 India DOB 10-9-12

Bently DOB 10-26-12 few minutes

Bently DOB 10-26-12 few minutes


Sunday, October 14, 2012

AlpacaMania


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Show Day at AlpacaMania

Karen with Calif Dreamin'

Karen with Calif Dreamin'

This is the "Friendliest Alpaca Show in the World".
Calif Dreamin' gets Second Place

Calif Dreamin' gets Second Place

Odin in the ring

Odin in the ring


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Alpaca Fiber at Lambtown USA in Dixon CA

Fiber Booth at Lambtown

Fiber Booth at Lambtown

It's always fun to have a booth full of alpaca fiber, rovings, and yarn at a fiber festival. We were way busywith lots of returning customers. What a fun day enjoyed with other fiber enthusiats.
Fyed Rovings

Fyed Rovings


Saturday, September 29, 2012

National Alpaca Farm Days - Arapaho Rose Alpacas

Kris talks

Kris talks "Alpaca 101" with a little help from Rose and Tuula

What a great day. We opened the farm from 10 to 4 for people to experience the alpaca lifestyle. The pastures were opened to visitors to interact with the alpacas. Though the alpacas were shy in the begining they warmed up and stood, kushed or walked up to visitior for attention.

The day on the alpaca ranch was filled with various activities for people to enjoy. We had spinners, weavers, shearing talks, basis alpaca talks and free food. Some people spent the day. One comment, "I feel like I spent the day at the spa. They are so relaxing."

It was a busy day with about 600 people attending. We had several alpaca ranches represented including: Lassen View Alpacas, Shady Ridge Alpacas, Oldcolindara Alpacas and Open Sky Alpacas.

Don't miss out again. Join us next September for National Alpaca Farm Days.
SisQ loving the attention

SisQ loving the attention

Delight relaxed and loving it

Delight relaxed and loving it

Joan demonstrated spinning

Joan demonstrated spinning

Jackie talks about weaving

Jackie talks about weaving


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Alpacas at the Honeybee Festival

Meeting the Alpacas

Meeting the Alpacas

Every year we take a few alpacas to our booth at the local Honeybee Festival. It's a good way to get your show string alpacas bullet proof for the ring. After hundreds of hands on experiences a one on one with the Judge is "no big deal".