Friday, October 28, 2011

What's New?

Things have been much quieter around here since we've reduced our numbers of alpacas to make things simpler and more manageable, and I hope to be at just 40 by the end of the year (after a herd-high of around 140!). Still, it's so fun when a new baby arrives, especially one as special as this.  Normally, I'd say "Ho hum, a brown boy", but his one is exactly what we were breeding for- great brightness, fineness and crimp in his fleece, excellent bone and structure.  His dam, Snowmass Sweet Serenity, gave us the 2009 Brown National Champion Female from Snowmass XXXtreme, so we were aiming for something similar when we bred her to RobAsia's Snowmass XXXMan (an excellent XXXtreme son).  Just a little shop talk for those that are interested in such!
Our daughter is so good with animals, and she showed special concern for this little guy when he was born.  For some unknown reason, she was adamant that his name be "Steve" (she denies knowing any cute guys of that name!)  So, Steve he is... not sure if he's going to be Steve Jobs or Steve Martin, he does lean more toward the comical side rather than the bright side, we'll see!
Last weekend was the Kentucky Classic Alpaca Show, a lot of fun as always (we took 3 alpacas and came away with 2 firsts and a third!).  They had a first-ever "Fiber Follies" finished alpaca product competition, and I won a few nice awards for Best Use of Color, Best Neck Piece, and Best Use of 3rds (with a birdhouse). Thanks to the KAA Fiber Committee for sponsoring this competition.  This scarf and many other of my creations (such as the Wonky Wacky Woolly Purse, below, will be available at my first Holiday event of the season, which will be next weekend in Lexington- you can find out all about it here.

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9 comments:

Heather Woollove said...

Congrats on all of your wins!! Your daughter is adorable...and how lovely that she is such a caring girl, too!!

Melissa Plank said...

Little Steve is a cutie! Your felted scarf and purse are fabulous!!! (your etsy is too!)

Kathryn Ray said...

Sometimes names just come to you... I've had 2 cats... Henry and Bruce that were named that way.

I think Steve is a brilliant name!

storiedyarns said...

How CUTE!!!!

The scarf is gorgeous, too!

Jess

AllyB said...

Thank you for sharing the pictures of your daughter with the cria. Both are beautiful. That scarf is stunning and I'll be it was ever so much fun to make.

WonderWhyGal said...

I love that cria. I love the cria I get out my my Snowmass Midnight Magic's Mystery. The fleeces are always so lovely...definitely what we want to breed for. Glad your show went well. I LOVE that fleece purse. One of these days...I will have one for my very own.

Melissa said...

Congrats on your ribbons. Your scarf and purse are lovely.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Love that purse!

Alicia said...

MUY LINDOS LOS TRABJOS Y LOS ANIMALITOS.
SALUDITOS