Saturday, August 11, 2012

Lena

Just over a week ago, Bella had a beautiful female cria we named Lena.






Lena appears to be light fawn in color.  Her fiber definitely has some crimp.  We can't wait to see how her fiber grows out.
Ooo ... crimpy!
Lena is Bella's first living cria, and the first female cria for our herd.  Bella is a great mom, and we are so excited to have Lena join our herd!
Bella & Lena

Friday, August 10, 2012

New Items on Etsy

Hi everyone!

I haven't been very good at posting this summer.  Sorry about that.  I have great intentions and some really great topics I want to blog about . . . I just don't have enough time!  Having an almost 5 month old (!) will pretty much suck up all your free time!

We have some new items available in our Etsy shop.  These items are hand knit by my mom, Robin.

We have baby booties knitted out of 100% alpaca yarn.

Available at www.jenandoles.etsy.com



Clucky modeling his booties!

We have little bears knitted out of 100% alpaca yarn and stuffed with fiber from our herd. 

Also available at www.jenandoles.etsy.com


And don't forget our baby hooded hat sets!  Here is Clucky modeling his rainbow hat!

Isn't he adorable!


I have more I want to share with everyone from the summer.

I participated in the Tour de Fleece on Ravelry.
I had some fun dyeing yarn with ice cubes made out of Kool-Aid.
Bella had a beautiful female cria we named Lena.
Brian is turning veggies from our garden into homemade baby food.

There will hopefully be more blog posts very soon about our fun summer.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day Everyone!

It is hard to believe that it is already Memorial Day.  It's even harder to believe that Clucky is 10 weeks old!  (My due date was only three weeks ago!)  And, in two weeks I will be back at work!
Clucky
Sadly, I have been no better blogging now that I have been home sitting on my tookus than I am when I have to go to work each day.

We did get the alpacas sheared, and fiber tests sent out and back to us.  We were very pleased with all our results.  At almost five years old, Bella is holding her own.  Her micron has changed very little in the past three years.  Lars' first full fleece is actually a bit nicer than his cria fleece.  He's still not up to our breeding standards, but he will make a very nice fiber male, and he is friendly to boot.  Bosox, well, she's 8 years old, so her fiber is short and more coarse which is to be expected.  She is dense though, so she produces really nice babies . . . like Fenway!  Fenway's cria fleece was pretty amazing.  Crimpy, 15.4 micron, 100% comfort factor, and he produced a heavier blanket than Lars (and Lars is a full year older than Fenway)!  I think we'll keep him around for awhile.  I can't wait to see how Fenway's first full fleece comes in!

Other than that, we have just been hanging out with Clucky.  I hope to get the alpaca fleeces skirted before I go back to work.  Maybe one of these days when it is not so humid out.

I've started to spin again.  I just got a new Little Meggie kick spindle, and I am loving it!
My Little Meggie
I just really never got the hang of using a drop spindle.  Someday I'll get a spinning wheel, but for now my Meggie is just fine!  I also plan on participating in the Tour de Fleece and Ravelympics on Ravelry.  If you knit, crochet, spin, weave, I highly recommend that you join Ravelry.  It is such a great place to hang out!

Have a great week!



Saturday, April 21, 2012

Happy Saturday!

Happy Saturday everyone!

An update . . . Clucky came home last week after spending 26 days in the NICU.  He is doing great!  He's still pretty tiny weighing only 4 lbs. 3 oz. 

Last weekend was the Minnesota Alpaca Expo.  This year we did not show any of our animals.  We thought about showing Fenway, but with me due 3 weeks after the expo we decided to sit this year out.  Thank goodness we did with the baby coming 7 weeks early, and Fenway caught a parasite bug the week of the expo and wasn't doing so hot.  Thankfully, Fenway has recovered nicely.

I had entered three items in the Fiber Arts competition at the Expo and won three first place ribbons!  I made a hat, a scarf, and a stuffed alpaca that we have named "Sven".
Sven - 1st place at the Expo
Sven is crocheted out of 100% alpaca yarn and stuffed with alpaca seconds from the alpacas in our herd.  I haven't decided if I am going to offer Sven for sale.  At this point, probably not, since he is quite a bit of work, and I now find myself with even less time to do things!

The hat and scarf will most likely be offered at some point in our Etsy shop as made to order items.
Cable Earflap Hat & matching scarf - 1st place at the Expo
earflap detail

So cute!
 
This winter I also tried my hand at making a couple of hats with alpacas on them.  I like the prototypes - the beige and orange hat for Brian, and the multicolored one for me.  These may become offerings in the Etsy shop as well.
Made for Brian
Made for me!

Earflap detail


Have a great weekend!



Monday, April 2, 2012

Hey there!

Wow!  So it has been quite awhile since I last posted!  I have tons of things I want to write about, just not enough time to do them in.

So what have we been up to since January . . .

Well, our little alpaca, Fenway, has been weaned and is growing bigger each and every week.  We are not showing him this spring at the Minnesota Alpaca Expo (in two weeks) due to other obligations, but we plan on showing him next year for sure, and maybe this fall.  I do have a few of my crocheted items entered in the fiber arts contest at the Expo though.  We'll let you know how I do.

Shearing is just around the corner.  We will probably be shearing in about a month or so.

Bella is due with her cria in August.  Bosox will be getting bred sometime in the next few months for a cria in 2013.

The biggest news is that we had a baby (a real human baby) two weeks ago!  We had him 7 weeks early!  He is currently in the NICU, but is doing awesome.  Hopefully he'll be home in a couple weeks.

So if I'm a little lax on blogging for a few more months, I hope you'll understand why.  I do have some neat blog post ideas about washing fiber and dyeing fiber with Kool-Aid, but they will have to wait until later.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

ArtFire

Hi everyone!

I hope that all is well in the new year!

It's a tough decision, but we are planning on closing our ArtFire shop at the end of the month.  It does not make good business sense right now to keep it open.  We will still have our Etsy shop and our AlpacaNation farm store.  Etsy is where all of the one of a kind or limited run items are posted.

I hope to be better with blog posts this year as well . . . we'll just have to wait and see!