Sunday, October 12, 2014

Litter Announcement: Noodle + Gunnar

This time we are really doing it!  Noodle and Gunnar have been shacking up, if you know what I mean.  ;-)

We are expecting our first litter of Tibetan Mastiff puppies.  They should be arriving in mid-December.

If you are a regular reader here, you know that Noodle is one of our first girls, is a great protector of our alpacas and a very funny, very important member of our family.

Gunnar is the starshow dog, livestock guardian and my big boy.

Tibetan Mastiffs are working dogs that do best by also having a lot of family interaction.  These are extremely intelligent, social and athletic dogs that have added an immeasurable joy to our lives.

The formal announcement is below.  Please wish us luck and of course, if you're interested in taking one of these incredible pups home, please let me know.  :-)


KayaKyi Bala (Noodle)
DOB: 12/22/2010

PennHIP: 0.41, 0.41 (70th Percentile)
Elbows: Normal
Thyroid: Normal

Her Parents: CH Ayyangadoo Guyuk Khan (Bentley) x Kesang Camp’s China Doll (China)

Noodle is a big girl that carries herself very tall.  She is extremely athletic and an enthusiastic guardian of our alpacas. She is friendly off property, willing make friends with the dogs and people she meets.  However, when she’s working, she is working.


Timberline’s Colorado Gunnison (Gunnar)
DOB :: 02/12/2013
OFA: Good, PennHIP: 0.44, 0.43 (60th Percentile)
Elbows: Normal
Thyroid: Normal

His Parents: CH Timberline Barni Drakyi (Barnes)  x CH Timberline’s Calamity Jane (Janey)
Gunnar is a very social and large-boned boy.  His red-gold coat and ever-present smile make quite an impression.  He loves to meet people and other dogs.  He is a natural guardian of our alpacas with an easy-going attitude.  With limited showing, he is just 2-points shy of his AKC Conformation Championship, having won Best of Breed over the current #1 Tibetan Mastiff at 12 months of age.
Both Noodle and Gunnar are an important part of our family.


We expect this pairing to provide good-sized puppies with the confidence and aptitude for family and livestock protection.  As such, the puppies will be started with alpacas and socialized with people.

All puppies will be AKC registered with the prefix, Colorado.

Deposits are now being accepted as the litter is expected to be born in mid-December 2014.

COI = 8.9%

Both parents reside at our home.  We are happy to answer questions about the puppies and parents.
alpacamundo (at) g mail (dot) com

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Putting Up Pears

My neighbor's pear tree was prolific this year.

She offered me some a couple of weeks ago.  To which, I excitedly accepted, thinking there might be enough for a small batch of butter.  But by the end of the afternoon, she and the kids had picked 6 grocery sacks and brought them over.

I'm really glad that we kept our peach boxes, as they were just enough to hold the bounty of pears.

I hadn't put up pears before, but they need to be picked while still firm and then allowed to ripen on the counter.  So these guys rested on the kitchen counter for a week.

I processed about 1/3 of them last weekend, as the remainder were still too hard to do anything with.

But after another week on the counter, most had crossed over to too ripe.  :-(

These pears were pretty small, so the yield was also quite small for the amount of work involved.  However, I did make one small batch each of butter and jam.  They are delicious.

I'll be getting started on our apples later today.  What a wonderful harvest season we're having this year.  :-)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday: Skirt Guard

Sometimes you come across something that you know someone needs.  It's so appropriate that they don't even know they need it.

This is one of those things and I thought immediately of my SIL. (Yes, she is knit-worthy... or in this case, crochet-worthy)  :-)

While I can execute crochet stitches reasonably well, I have been having trouble reading the pattern... so my summer of rip-it-out-so-I-can-restart-itis continues.  :-P

It's been ripped out 3 times... The last one looked like this...

... pretty, but not the correct pattern.

I'm almost afraid to say it, since I've said it at least once already.. but, I think I'm on my way now...

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday: Socks for Me

After finishing my Replacement Hat in early July, I only had my Palindrome Scarf and Alpaca Cape left on the needles.  Both are big and warm.  So with it being July... a mild one, but still it was July, I wanted to work on something smaller.

I had 3 false starts with the last pair of socks I tried to make for myself, so I decided to go with Sock it to Me.  It's a simple, toe-up pattern.  I have successfully made it twice for Hubba and I have two skeins of a Bamboo+Merino+Silk yarn.

I figured this is exactly what I needed.

9 sts per inch is way too big

Insert expletive here!

I had already ripped them out twice before the above photo was taken. First for not following directions and second for gauge.  Both times I re-checked my gauge and measurements, but when I knit Hubba's version I used 8 sts per inch instead of the nearly 9 sts I am getting.

So I ripped them out a third time... knitting the same gauge, but using 8 sts per inch for the math.  It's still not correct.  :-/

8 sts per inch is still too big

I don't know what I'm going to do.... other than rip it out a fourth time.  :-(

I'm not crazy about the camo effect either, but I like working with the yarn.  I think they would be comfortable socks to wear and I really want a pair of my own hand-knit socks... but *#^%!, this was supposed to be relaxing.... and done by now.  :-P

Make sue to check in with everyone over at Wisdom Begins in Wonder for Fiber Arts Friday, even though it's Saturday.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Growing Cotton

It started as a tip for shearing.

They had to live on my kitchen counter for a while because it snowed.

I planted the one tiny thing that survived the kitchen in an old whiskey barrel,

It grew

and grew.

Then it flowered.

The flowers were yellow one day and pink the next.

Each flower lasted only two days. 

The flowers turned to bolls.

The bolls grew

and grew.

I sure wish I could see what's going on inside those bolls.

We had our first frost last week, but have mild weather for the near-term forecast.  I sure hope this plant does what it needs to do before the snow and freezing temperatures come.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dog Show: Evergreen Kennel Club, 2014

Last weekend was the Evergreen Kennel Club Dog Show.

With starting my new Day Job, I hadn't planned on entering this show.  I felt like I needed to do less for a little while.  However, Gunnar did not finish his Championship at the Greeley Show so I decided the two of us should enter.

Then a few days before this show, I found out that I had Gunnar in the wrong age class in Greeley... by 4 days.  So his points did not count.  ugh.  I also learned that I had him entered in the wrong age class for Evergreen too.  Panic ensued.  As soon as I set up, I found the superintendent, filled out some paperwork and got him moved to the correct age class.  whew.

We enjoyed this show a lot.  First, it was just me and Gunnar... so I didn't have to worry about getting two dogs ready for the same ring time.  Second, it's a much smaller show than Greeley... but to be fair, Greeley is a very big show, so most other shows are smaller.  ;-)  The grooming area was more quiet and Gunnar still got to see several of his friends and make a few new ones... which really is his favorite part.  :-)

He won Winner's Dog (WD) and Best of Winners (BOW) both days for a total of 2 points. He now has 2 points to go.

Our next show is toward the end of October.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


I love socks but, I hate socks that have a seam that goes over the top of the toes.  I also hate socks that squeeze my foot.  If my toes can't wiggle, I'm unhappy.  If I can't point and flex my foot, I'm unhappy.

I love hand-knit socks, but have only one pair (made by Spinster Beth) for myself.  They had a blow-out in May.  :-(  So sad, but they were well-loved for 2 1/2 years.

I have made three pairs of socks... one, two for Hubba and one for a nephew.  I have attempted a pair for myself, but they have been frogged... three times.

I have been in a use what we have mode for several years and finally the sock drawer has a fair amount of space in it.  This is a feat (feet!) in itself... my sock drawer is typically so full that closing it is a challenge.  but when you are (theoretically) capable of making something, it certainly helps with the I don't need to buy these now decision.  ;-)

Of course most of the socks left in the drawer are the ones I really hate... because somehow they came home with me and I hate them.  I hate them so much that I never wear them.  I never wear them, so they're all in pretty good shape.


I need to work out deal with someone who loves to knit socks but would rather gift them than wear them... or figure out how to finish a pair for myself. ;-)