Happy New Year! Cold days and nights here on the farm mean critters need additional feed and nutrition to stay warm and healthy. That means an increased feed bill, but as of now, all are healthy.
The end of the year brought three new cria, all males unfortunately! But November also brought two new ewe lambs to the flock. So, 2023 was a productive year for animal offspring. It also brought a huge harvest of wool and alpaca fleece. Most of the alpaca has been sold to the coop but there is a complete wool harvest waiting for me to figure out what to do with it! Do you know of any spinners or fiber artists looking for low micron, naturally colored merino wool?!
The longer nights and my tendency to "nest" have allowed me to work on artisanal projects. I have a new peg loom that I am learning to use for weaving and of course its time for me to do my best to knit small projects for sale, such as headbands and caps. If you follow the farm, watch for pictures as I post my completed projects.
Of course, there are always farm improvement projects underway. The new girls shelter was installed in the fall before the big rains start and new fences are underway to replace the insufficient ones and create the weanling pasture for those young males that can't cohabitate with the older males.
Still working on a barn and better driveway access for trailers and visitors. Hopefully by spring shearing, that project will be complete.
Now that the major holidays are behind us, I continue to operate my virtual and pop up farm store. It's stocked with various products suitable for birthdays, Valentine's Day and other special events for all members of the family so stay in touch and feel free to reach out for a visit.
Raw Merino and Huacaya Alpaca fiber, roving. I have a wide variety of natural colors.
Pencil roving of merino wool and alpaca, ready for spinning. Sold by the ounce in bulk or prepackaged in 4 ounce packages
Gorgeous merino, alpaca and blended fiber yarns are available in a variety of natural colors and hand dyed. Most yarns are 200 yds. mill spun in weights from fingerling to DK.
100% alpaca core spun rug yarn. 80 yds. per bump and they make lovely woven or knitted projects.
100% alpaca hat and fingerless gloves, embellished with beads. Made in Peru