Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Tibetan Mastiff Tuesday: Supported Entry

I'm happy to see that the Tibetan Mastiffs have a Supported Entry for the upcoming Morris and Essex Show.

This means there will be other prizes available during the breed competition.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Fiber Arts Friday: Tibetan Mastiff Fingerless Mitts, part 3

Thanks to the Life Lines, I was able to make progress and take some risk.

I started counting stitches and thinking about the YO row while I'm doing the knit row.... this may sound simple, but for some reason I hadn't really done this before.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Tibetan Mastiff Tuesday: Sponsorship

While attending a local dog show recently, I was overcome with sadness.

With my travel schedule, we haven't been able to enter our dogs in conformation events, let alone even practice for them.

I've attended a couple of the local shows to see and support our friends, but wow, the last one.... really made me sad.

First there was a large entry for Tibetan Mastiffs, which rarely happens in our area and second, I just really missed doing the event with my dogs.

I love showing.  They love showing.  It makes me sad that we can't do it right now.

So when I realized there was an opportunity to to sponsor the Best of Breed Trophy for the Tibetan Mastiffs at next year's Morris and Essex Kennel Club Dog Show, we volunteered.

The Morris and Essex show is held once every 5 years in New Jersey and seems like a wonderful event.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Alpacamundo Monday: Hay Delivery Day

Hay Delivery Day is one of the best days of the year.

We've been getting hay from our current Hay Farmer for the last few years.

He grows a high quality hay, bales in small squares, delivers, stacks, and arrives at the pre-arranged time... and if that's not enough, he checks the bales as they are being offloaded and removes any that don't meet his standards of quality.

The alpaca are always excited for Hay Delivery Day.  This year, I noticed the dogs were excited too.

Rather than putting up a defense, it was more a happiness to see a friend.  I'm sure my body language contributed to the welcome, but also the fact that the barn was set up and ready for his arrival with the doors left wide open.

Hay used to be my biggest worry.

Thanks to my Hay Farmer, it's no longer a stresser.

We are set until next fall.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Fiber Arts Friday: Shave 'Em to Save 'Em, Lincoln

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source: Lincoln Longwools Sheep Breeders Association

Lincoln Longwool - I have spun this breed before.  At first touch, this roving reminds me of Navajo-Churro, but it has a less course and more silky undertone to the handle.  I love the luster.

Upon beginning spinning, I'm struck by how white this roving is.... it's screaming white!

And Longwool is right!  This sample is has a 7-inch staple.

According to the Livestock Concervancy, the Lincoln is one of four English Longwool breeds; Cotswold, Leicester, Lincoln, and Wensleydale.  They are currently listed as Threatened, meaning that fewer than 1000 sheep are registered in the US each year and that the estimated global population is less than 5000.

Cotswold and Leicester are also on the SE2SE Priority List.  I have recently sourced them, so they are now in my queue to spin.  I have some Wensleydale locks in my stash too, so I will be spinning it at some point in the future.

According to the Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook, Lincolns can be traced back to the Roman Empire.  Lincoln is a sturdy wool, and appropriate for hard-wearing uses such as outer garments and upholstery... and in my opinion, the luster is quite wonderful.

This is one of the four rovings sourced from Aspen Kid.  I know I've said this a few times now, but feels good knowing that I am supporting conservation breeders of rare breed livestock.  :-)

Final Yarn: Lincoln
Single Duration: August 30 - September 21, 2019
Ply Duration: September 21 - 22, 2019
ounces: 4
yards: 203, 2-ply
wpi: 17
Ready to Submit:  September 29, 2019

SE2SE Status:

Total Breeds: 22
Breeds Sourced: 16
Breeds Spun: 6
Breeds To Go: 16

Months Remaining: 27 (12/31/21)

Friday, September 27, 2019

Fiber Arts Friday: Tibetan Mastiff Fingerless Mitts, part 2

I mentioned last time that I need to practice lace.

I don't know what it is, but lace is my nemesis.

I had a hard time getting past the first iteration of this small lace panel.

The first time I was nearly finished with the last knit round and realized I neglected to do the second half of the last yarn over (yo) round and also dropped a stitch.

The second time I was nearly complete with the first knit round and accidentally pulled half the yo round off the needles.

sigh.  Thank goodness for life lines.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Alpacamundo Monday: Intro to LGDs

Our friends at Northwest Guardians are offering an Intro to LGDs online course in October.

Video Announcement:

This course covers the following topics:

  • Week 1: Expectations and Reality – Prepare for Your LGD
  • Week 2: Priorities and Bonding – First Weeks/Months
  • Week 3: Shepherd Leadership – Be a Good Boss 
  • Week 4: Future Proofing – Anticipating and Addressing Issues

There will be live videos on Wednesdays and Sundays via a private Facebook group, written content, and an early copy of her forth-coming eBook.

Natalie is one of my fellow mentors on the Learning About LGDs Facebook Group and is a breeder of working Sarplaninac and Anatolian/Great Pyrenees crosses.

While I am developing my own class for a wool market in 2020, I am a believer in the idea that there is always more to learn.  So I hope you will join me in attending this course.

The course is $100 and registration is required.  She is offering a 50% discount to those registering by Saturday (9/27/19), Pacific Time.