Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fiber beauties!

Our little "gang" of friends get together every Thursday to work on our knit projects. Sometimes we card fiber, spin, crochet, knit, felt, whatever. The important part is that we are holding each other accountable to completing our projects AND that we have time to socialize with our friends. I like the latter part the best! Tee hee!

Here is my nutty friend, Anna, with her latest hat. This is how large the hats are BEFORE we felt them. We think she should leave it this size. What do you think?

My friend, Marie, is trying to sell her tri-loom. While it sits over here at my house (anyone interested?), my daughter decided to give it a test run. She has created two of these beautiful shawls on the loom. She sewed them together to make a larger, woven shawl. It is SOLD! Her choir teacher has already purchased it!

Donna has been working on her state fair project...knitting two sides to an afghan at the same time. There is a lot of yarn being "thrown" around here. She continues to amaze us with her talents.

Iris has been working on baby blankets for the Medical City of Dallas. She is a little shy about having here picture taken.

Here is my latest hat creation. Our latest craze is to add fun fur around the brim.

Joyce Jackson is shown here with her hat creation. Isn't that a beautiful green color?

Here are all of the hats we've been making. Can you tell we are on a roll?

Anna brought two bags FULL of seeds from the flowers in her garden for each of us to share. Thank you, Anna!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Let the Shearing Begin!

Wow, looking at my blog, I notice I haven't been writing very much, have I? It's been a whirl wind of activities around here. We have had numerous farm visits, activities, and well, just life going on around here. We are awaiting two alpaca cria to be born either late next month or early May. I'll keep you posted on that one (ha ha...get it?).

We have set our 2011 shearing date for Saturday, April 2nd, beginning at 9:00 am. Many of you over the year have indicated you would like to attend / help us with this. We have fourteen animals to shear and another five animals for a farm down the road. So, it's going to be busy, busy, busy. As you know, Tim does the shearing for our ranch. However, he needs lots of help. There are the people who halter and lead the animals to the shearing area, someone to help with the rope system, a "head" person (to hold the alpacas head during the shearing), a person to help "scoop" away the fleece as it is being shorn off of the animal, a person to bag the fleece, and OF COURSE, a photographer (don't everyone jump on that one, ok). Lastly, we need someone to sweep or blow the area clean between animal shearings. Are you up for the task? If so, let us know! We can always use some help!

We hope to hear from you soon!