Monday, August 15, 2016

Alpacamundo Monday: Big Thompson

So I was sitting on the edge of the hay bin, attempting to get a good photo of Alpacamundo's Big Thompson...


He was very curious about what I was doing.

After a few extreme close-ups and he was satisfied, I cleaned the nose print off my lens...


and got a much better photo of the Dark Rose Grey boy.  :-)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Fiber Arts Friday: County Fair, 2016

I had three entries prepared for this year's county fair.  The Tibetan Mastiff 3-ply from last fall, the Yak single from last month's Tour de Fleece and my finally finished Alpaca Wrap.


All three were awarded ribbons.  Two blue and and one red.  :-)  The red was second place to myself, since both of my yarns happened to be the same class.


Along with 1st place, the Tibetan Mastiff won a special award from one of my favorite local shops.


Along with first place for it's class, the Alpaca Wrap won Best in Show for Knitted Items!


OMG!  I was really just hoping for some useful comments.


So while each of the yarns had some deductions, the wrap was given a perfect score!


The judge said the wrap was "simple but striking."  Exactly what I was going for.... I'm just over the moon with my very first finished object entry.  :-D

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Alpacamundo Monday: Modified Mucking

Hubba had wrist surgery about a week and a half ago.

He was feeling stir crazy in the house, so we cut down the wooden-handled rake to make it easier for him to muck one-handed.


We already use the short-handled shovel.


About 2 1/2 months until things are back to normal.  In the meantime, he's able to get a little exercise, outside, in the sun.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Fiber Arts Friday: Alpaca Cape, part 6 - Finished!

At nearly three years into this project, the Alpaca Cape is now Finished!  Although, it's really more of a wrap than a cape.  ;-)


It was primarily a winter project since the heat of July is not the best time to be working on a large project.  ;-)  For example, it took me about two weeks to bind off and another two weeks to weave in the ends.  I just could not bear having this in my lap for more than a few minutes at a time this summer.


I admit that I didn't like this yarn at first.  It's dyed black rather than natural, so it's more blue than true black.  Also the handle was crackly, if that makes sense... I suspect it was from the dye process, but the yarn is much softer after having a bath.


I have about 17 yards of left.  Had I realized I would have that much, I may have done a different bind off technique, but it is what it is.  It's beautiful and I like that it's asymmetrical, 81.5 x 53 inches after blocking.


I am looking forward to wearing this... in January.  :-)


Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Alpacamundo Monday: Sunrise

My absolute favorite part of the day is heading out in the morning to feed and check on the herd.


Sometimes the sunrise is the exclamation point.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Fiber Arts Friday: Tour de Fleece 2016, part 4

I spent a few days working on whichever ball was larger, then I decided to focus on the smaller one.  So both balls of Suri Pencil Roving are smaller than they were at the start of last week.


Starting with 1 3/8 ounces this week.

Friday, July 22nd


Saturday, July 23rd


Sunday, July 24th

I spun a lot more after my photo from yesterday and a little more this morning.


I have 7/8 oz to go. 

Epilogue

The Spin Your Stash team was a lot bigger than any I've been on in the past, so I found it difficult to keep up with who's who.  Not to mention a lot of them were spinning huge amounts of yarn.

I had to remind myself that I was using short staple yak and spinnging the Suri extremely fine, both of which go slower than some other fibers.

The nice part is that I ran into Fat Cat's Corner, who's spinning is looking wonderful... and who's blog needs some love.  ;-)

These are the fibers I was choosing from for this year's tour:


This is what I accomplished:


yak cloud - stashed October 2008
122 yards, single
1 1/8 ounces

Medium Brown Suri Roving - stashed March 2016
Started with 2 5/8 ounces
Ended with 7/8 oz to go
1 3/4 oz spun
Plan is to finish as a 2-ply yarn.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday

Monday, July 25, 2016

Alpacamundo Monday: Skirting Fleece

I have sold my first whole fleeces.

They will be skirted and washed before they are delivered.


Three more to go.