Friday, May 19, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Shearing Day, 2017

As I mentioned last Friday, we sheared our herd last weekend.


Several friends came to help.




We had a lot of fun.


The herd looks great.



The food was delicious and the weather was perfect.

We finished the day off with a dog party.  :-)


The harvest will be skirted later this summer.


Happy Fiber Arts Friday!



Friday, May 12, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Shearing Day Tomorrow

The first step in Farm-to-Yarn is shearing.


We are shearing our herd tomorrow.


The barn is ready.  The checklist is ready.  The four bags each are ready.  The food and drinks are almost ready.


Everyone will be looking a lot different tomorrow.


Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Pussy Hat Project

A week into 45's Presidency, I started thinking more and more about Pussy Hats.

I was thinking that I should make hats for some of my friends.  But I quickly realized that I could not make as many as I wanted within a reasonable time.  So I started to think about how to increase my capacity... So I offered to teach some of my friends who don't knit, crochet or sew how to make their own Pussy Hats.  :-)


Since then, I've taught a couple of friends how to knit and sent two hats to San Francisco.


Hubba has one, I have one and I'm working on a fifth now.

They are ridiculously easy to make, but I am a not a fast knitter.  :-)

What have you been up to?

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Alpacamundo Monday: Mud Season

Clay Soil + Defrosted Ground + Wet Spring Snow = Mud Season!

Saturday

Sunday

Mud!

That's spring in the Rockies and we need the moisture!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: My Kind of People

As seen in the parking lot of a farm store last weekend....



It's time to start thinking about the Tour de Fleece.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fiber Arts Friday: Dog Show Fibering, part 2

Sorry I missed you all last week.

The weekend before I was at a dog show... I brought two of my boys, both of whom are starting to shed... I collected two grocery sacks weighing a total of 6 5/8 oz.


I used the dark bag for the dark colored dog (Ramen) and the light bag for the lighter colored dog (Gunnar).... this let me keep both bags hanging on my grooming table for the entire weekend.

I also did a little knitting on another something pink.


In spite of all that's going on in the world, I hope you had a nice holiday weekend... and if you don't celebrate, I hope you had a nice weekend anyway.

What have you been up to?

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Dog Show: Terry-All Kennel Club, 2017

About two weeks ago, we were at the Terry-All Kennel Club Dog Show.  This is a much smaller show than we attended in February.  We brought both Gunnar and Ramen, which was the first time we brought more than one dog in quite a while.


The boys were very excited to leave for the show and were like this (^) most of the 1-hour drive both mornings.


I find it entertaining that I always (incorrectly) call our dog show "grooming space" a "stall," and we were literally in a stall, in the Horse Barn, at this show.  So, for once, I was not incorrect.  :-)  The barn provided nice shade from the heat on Saturday, but not much protection from the wind on Sunday.  Several of the exhibitors had tarps hung on the stall fencing to help block the wind... I think I need to add a tarp and clips to our show equipment for next time.


Regardless, we had a very fun weekend.

Gunnar and Ramen split the Best of Breed awards and both received very nice comments from the judges we met.





We always say "fun first."  Especially with an independent-thinking, self-motivated breed, if the dogs aren't having fun at the show, they aren't going to do it.


Ramen took that rule to heart on Sunday, and his handler handled it with grace.  :-)