Saturday, April 17, 2010

Shearing Day

Our Shy Guy is hiding that he has a partial hair Cut.

Here he is showing us what his hair cut looks like so far.

This is the fleece from side one laid out so I can remove the second cuts.

Yoshi is waiting patiently for her turn.

Here we have more fleece to be checked before storing it.

This little guy is sure hoping you will remember what he looks like with fur when you enter the naming contest.
He has a beautiful fleece I can't wait to card up.
After he was done with his hair cut and pedicure he had a big helping of sweet feed while Yoshi and Salty had a hair cut.
Yoshi was not happy about parting with her beautiful locks.
Rich, Sam and I all got Llama Showers.
Salty was very dignified and it was nice to end on a positive note.
Then we all took hot water showers with lots of Soap!

Please send in your "Z" name and enter our naming contest.
The newest entries suggested,
ZuZu, Zeus, Zack and Zinc.
The winner will be chosen randomly from all the entries, so go ahead and send us your suggestion.
Happy Spinning!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Naming Contest!

Ok, I have gone a little Alpaca crazy over the last few days. It really is his fault, he is just too cute.
Our Contest!
Send us an email, or send us a Convo through ETSY with your suggestion for our Alpacas new name. The name must start with the letter Z.
This little guy is 3 years old and is a Gelded Male. He is very friendly and comes right up to us when we head out to do chores.
The Contest ends May 3rd.
May 4th I will draw a name from a hat or random number generator and the winner will receive......

3 Dragon Eggs
The fiber batts will be made from this springs fleece with the newly named alpaca's tan wool, Yoshi's Lamma Fibers

Salty's (Lincoln Longwool) curly locks.

All the fibers will be natural in color, and should felt nicely. I may even post pictures of the shearing and carding process.

So chime in and send us a Z name!
Happy Spinning!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New Friends!

This is our new Alpaca friend. He came with the name Calvin, but we are currently in the process of picking out a "Z" name for him. Calvin is a 3 year old gelding who loves spending time with Yoshi. If you have an Idea for his new name please send us a note!

I am hoping that we will be able to shave our new friend this weekend. Yoshi and Salty need to a hair cut too! Our current thoughts on a name are Zorro, Zander, Zelda and a few others Sam has been tossing around.

For the past few months I have been concentrating on School things with Sam and getting ready for the Iowa Federation Spin in. We made about 200 dragon Eggs and around 80 spindles to display and have up for sale. I am happy to report that the Spin in did very well, and now I have over 60 spindles to list in the Etsy Shop.

Our April Fiber of the month of is Spearmint and the May fiber is Thin Mints or Chocolate Frog (for the Harry Potter Fans). I love sparkles in my fibers but I realize that not everybody does so I am going to try to make up 2 months of fiber at a time, 1 with sparkle and 1 without.

Spearmint is a blend of Merino, Superwash Merino, Mill Ends, Bamboo, Firestar, angelina and nylon.

Thin Mints or Chocolate Frog is a blend of Merino, Superwash Merino, Iowa Wool, mill ends, bamboo and Nylon.
The green fibers are the same the difference is the white or chocolate fibers and of course the sparkle. Both colors may or may not felt, I have been meaning to try but just haven't found the time to knit something up.
If they sell out before the month is over I have lots of dragon eggs waiting in the wings for their turn to shine.
Watch for more spindles and fibers to be listed on Etsy.
Happy Spinning!