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One Week Until Shearing!

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With only a week left until our shearing day, we took our boys out for a walk to get them comfortable in walking down to our garage where they will be sheared. (They stopped along the way for some good grass of course!) With the weather warming up, the alpacas will appreciate their summer haircuts!








Spring Treats!

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The weather is finally warming up and that means our first crop of dandelions has appeared on our farm! Three of our four alpacas absolutely love them, so we try to bring up a handful every time we go to the barn.



New Year, New Things

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Our year started off with a bit of excitement. Two of our chickens, Augustus and Smidge, decided they couldn't stand each other and got into a knock-down drag-out fight. We separated the two of them, and ultimately decided Smidge would have to move up to the alpaca barn, since they were also bullying the other girls in the coop.


Poor Smudge and Speed Bump were a little unsure what to make of their new barn mate at first! Micah and Rio had seen chickens at their original farm and barely take any notice.

Now Smidge is all settled in and has the run of the barn! We often find them walking along the top of the stall fences or running up and down the back aisle, making sure they're in the middle of whatever happens to be going on!
On the production end of the farm, we've been busy spinning all new yarns, felting new ornaments and decorations, and weaving scarves and purses for this year's show season. The sky's the limit on what you can make with fiber and we're con…

Winter Preparation on the Farm

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The calendar may still say fall, but winter weather has come to our farm! We take several precautions to make sure our animals are as safe and comfortable as they can be in these cold snaps. We've switched out all the water buckets for heated ones, hung tarps along the gates and fences to keep out the wind, and put down a good layer of hay for the alpacas to kush down into at night (if they don't decide to eat it all first!)


When the temperature goes way below freezing, Micah also gets to wear his dapper winter coat at night. His fiber length isn't quite as long as the other alpacas and being a bit older the colder weather seems to bother him a bit more.


We should be getting warmer weather later in the week, but we know we're in for a couple of cold winter months ahead!

Spooky season is upon us!

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Summer is coming to an end (yay!) and we've been busy creating new spooky ornaments to celebrate one of our favorite times of the year! From our alpacas' fiber we've made some cute/creepy bats, spiders, and pumpkins, and Mister Bilbo has contributed some fiber of his own to make Booooo Bunnies!





We have them all available on our etsy store as well as the shows and markets we will be vending at this fall.


The Chicken Coop is Finally Complete!

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Well, mostly complete (nothing on this farm ever 100% complete.) After months of planning and carting chickens to and from their enclosure in the garage and their outside runs, our feathered friends have finally moved into their permanent home. 

At first we thought they would live up at the alpaca barn, but because of the slope of the hill that the barn sits on and concerns about cold winter weather, we decided that they would be better suited at the old hay barn.


Their coop sits inside the barn and their run is a new structure we built onto the barn. They should be toasty warm this winter with all the alpaca hay in the loft above them!


New Handspun Gem - "Schist"

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Last weekend during our studio tour at our farm, Jennifer was demonstrating how we prepare our fiber for spinning. We use a Brother drum carder to batt up our fiber. This process further helps rid vegetative debris (our boys do love to roll around in their hay) and aligns the fiber for smoother spinning.


This time, she decided to blend Speed Bump and J-dub, our vet's light fawn alpaca. J-dub is very similar in color and softness to Rio, and together he and Speed made a beautiful set of batts.



We name all our yarn after rocks and minerals, in homage to Adrienne's geology degree. We decided this one reminds us of the metamorphic rock, schist, with its dynamic striations of color. There was a bit of a battle between Adrienne and Jennifer on who would get to spin this one (Jennifer won, but Adrienne will spin a combination of Speed Bump and Micah next!)


This skein and others like it are available on our etsy store!