alpaca fleeces

Sunday July 23

Sunday, July 23, 2017  We got through a good list of chores yesterday.  Traveling for 2 of the July weekends and then adding a puppy to the mix put us a bit behind on some things but we're getting caught up. Puppy Belle is getting lots of experience out in…
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Warm enough?

Thursday, July 6, 2017  I really can't complain about the heat since we are at least 10 degrees cooler here than most of Utah. Yesterday I drove to Salt Lake City and the thermometer in my car registed 107°. yikes! (it was 84° when I left the ranch, about the same when…
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Thank you!

Sunday, June 25, 2017  Thanks to all who came to our event yesterday! It was a lovely weather day and we met so many new friends. Of course, seeing our regular faithful fans here again always makes us smile too. We sold so many dryer balls! thanks! I'll be sure…
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We’re open today!

Saturday, June 24, 2017  We'll be open today from 1:00 - 4:00. If you're nearby, why not come for a visit?  This will be our last free event until our big Fall Open Barn Days in September. The alpacas are showing off their slender bodies that have been hiding under…
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Working with the harvest

Wednesday, June 14, 2017  We're expecting a perfect 72 degree day today. I'll take it!  Time to start opening the bags of fleece and get them ready for processing. Yarn, roving or maybe felt, it all starts on my skirting table. I'll remove any bits of hay and toss out…
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A day of rest?

Monday, June 12, 2017  So what are you doing today, Yaya? Not much!  LOL  A little bit of rest never hurt anyone and that will be my thought of the day. Skirting fleeeces will start this week, but not today. The preparation to get everything ready for shearing day is…
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We’re done!

Sunday, June 11, 2017  Whew. We finished shearing all 62 alpacas before 2 pm yesterday. As our fabulous team of helpers sat down to relax and enjoy lunch, the shearers drove off to do another farm of 60 more alpacas!  (they did grab some food to go)  All alpacas are…
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Busy days

Thursday, June 8, 2017  Fleece shed cleared out √ List of all alpaca names for card tags √  Barn almost cleaned out √  Bags for fleeces √  Sheets for rolling fleeces √ Food planned for helpers and shearers √ Sleeping areangement for shearers on Friday night √  Today I'll rearrange some fencing so none of the…
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Just keep on keepin’ on

Sunday, June 4, 2017  Shearing preparations begin with clearing out every last bag of fiber from our fleece shed. The ones left are from our oldest animals and might best be used for dryer balls, dyeing experiments, garden mulch or bird nest material. If I find any nice bags left, I'll…
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Keep the fleece

Sunday, May 27, 2017  Usually by the end of May I'm pretty darm frustrated that we don't have a shearing date yet.  But it's been so darn cold this year it's hard to be upset. I was born with an overabundance of mothering hormones and I need everything in my realm…
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May 18 and 17°

Thursday, May 18, 2017  It's 17° here this morning! That kind of takes the edge off my urgency with confirming our shearing date. The thought of 60 shivering alpacas just doesn't sit well in my head. It looks like it will be warming up next week and then I'll pick up…
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A few fleeces left?

Monday, April 10, 2017  The snow has all melted and the sun will be bright today. ☀️ Perfect! I need to get into the fleece shed and see if there are any more fleeces to have processed.  I ran out of good weather going through the fleeces and then the fleece shed…
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Friday April 7, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017  The fleeces continue to grow and I'm dreaming of all the wonderful yarn and roving we'll soon have to offer.  I looked at little Maybelline yesterday ( Miranda X Silver Lake) and her fleece IS charcoal gray and just gorgeous!  I remember wondering when she was born if we'd…
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We ❤️ spinners

 Sunday, March 26, 2017 A rather chilly Sunday will be perfect for moving hay today. It's 23° as I type but should warm up nicely later today.  A fun bunch of spinners (and one dear husband) came yesterday and left here happy with their fibery treasures.  The rain did not dampen…
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