Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Welcome, Cria!

Meet baby Lovejoy, named after the Reverend Timothy Lovejoy from the Simpsons. He is actually a little copy of his granddam, Consuella. He weighed in at 17 pounds, 5 ounces.

His dam is Lisa Simpson and his sire is G.K. Willie.

Welcome, cutie!


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Preschool visit

A preschool its coming to visit today, so I have a mini display for them, pled t some coloring sheets. They'll getting lecture on how yarn is made and they'll get to pet an alpaca. Fun!

More pics after they leave.  :)


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Evergreen Terrace Booth at the Salem Sheep to Shawl Festival

Come visit me at our booth at the Sheep to Shawl festival at the old Mission Mill in Salem!

On Friday, I am picking up our lovely white roving for all you hand spinners. I will bundle them together with wooden drop spindles into kits for you aspiring spinners. I will also have a selection of yarns and a whole bunch of raw fleeces in lots of colors for sale.

Plus, three of our alpacas will be at the festival, too. Come see Apu, George and Doc all grown up!

Mention this blog or our Facebook page or our Twitter feed and get 10% off of your entire purchase!

See you Saturday!


Sunday, April 08, 2012

A reminder of why we bought alpacas in the first place.

Actually, this picture represents many of the reasons we moved out of town, period. I grew up for the most part on a couple acres outside of town. While we didn't have any animals larger than cats when I was a kid, playing outside in the woods was definitely an experience I wanted to share with my kids.

So, here's your cute for the day.


Friday, February 24, 2012

Video: Introduction to spinning with a drop spindle

Here is part one of a tutorial on how to use a drop spindle like the ones I sell on Etsy.

Drop spindles are what women used for eons to spin fiber. Often, they would spin as they walked into town during market day, tuck the spindle and fiber away in their bag while they stocked up on provisions, and then would spin some more as they walked home. For most families, that was how all yarn for all their fabric was made.

I taught myself to spin using a drop spindle and alpaca fiber. When I have a booth at an alpaca show or a farmer's market, whenever I am not talking to a customer, I am spinning with my drop spindle. My spinning wheel takes up way too much room in my car to ever leave my house, and the yarn I make on the drop spindle is so much more interesting.

Let me know if you find this informative!


p.s. just in case you were wondering, no, it's not me in the video. This is something I am re-posting from YouTube.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Video: How to Card Alpaca with Hand Carders

I am actually looking to replace my hand carders, but I found this video instead. I like how she demonstrates how to make cute little roving bats out of the carded fiber, too. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Some homespun yarn pictures

Who knew that my best selling items on Etsy.com would be the lumpy homespun I make on my drop spindle? I get the lumpiness by using raw fiber and just flicking the tips with a carder (which is actually a dog brush from the pet store). This makes for an inconsistent draw, which results in lumpy, slubby yarn that is full of "character."

These were all mini-skeins of about 50 yards or less each, and I sold them for $5 a pop because I wasn't sure the yarn was strong enough to hold together.

Good news! People loved them.
Bad news! Now I'm out.

I have to decide if I want to make more. I made these as a time-killer while I sat in my Farmer's Market booth. I don't really have time to kill during the school year when I teach. We'll see.

For now, I don't have any more of these little gems.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

White Roving and Quilt batting on the way!

I took 58 lbs. of white alapca fiber to the mill on Saturday, and I expect to get some 40 of it back as white roving. 

The rest of it, moslty 2nds that won't make nice roving, will be blended with wool and sent through a felting machine. This will be perfect for making super-warm, luxury quilt batting. It will be white, so it can be used with any quilt material and won't show through.

This should all be available in April. I'll be sure to announce when I pick it up from the mill.

Thank you to all of those who voted in our poll on Facebook and here on the blog. Your opinions really matter to me.


Saturday, January 14, 2012


Hey, here's a question for you all:

Do any alpaca people out there have experience with whipworms? Specifically, does Panacur work to cure them? We know that Ivormec is nearly useless in controlling them.

Please comment below or email us.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Fiber Poll


So, we're taking a load of alpaca fiber to a fiber mill, and I wanted to know what you all thought we should make? Here are some choices:

White Roving
Colored Roving
Bulky Yarn
Sport Yarn
Lace Yarn

What would you have us make? Comment below or email us!