Busy, Busy, Busy

I have been busy.  I helped two alpaca farms with their shearing this month and made it through without a scratch.  No blood loss, no bandages, all ten fingers intact.  I did experience some sore knees, legs and arms.  I need to get in shape for next year.  The first shearing was in Whetstone, AZ with Kristina and Jeff.  They are new alpaca owners.  There were two babies to be sheared.  “CUTE ALERT”

IMG_2421 It was cold and rainy that day, so Kristina put dog coats on the babies after they were sheared.IMG_2422Jeff was thrilled that this was the last one to shear.IMG_2425 Then Pat and I helped Lisa, owner of Thunder Mountain Alpaca Ranch, with their shearing last Friday.  This makes the fourth year we have helped Lisa.  It’s hard work, but the shearer, Penny, is one of the best and Lisa’s mom, Darlene, makes it well worth it with a great lunch.  I learned how to hold the head while Penny shears. Too much fun.IMG_2428 Here’s one of the beautiful fleeces right off the animal.IMG_2431 Last week, Nancy, Head Yarn Babe of the Sierra Vista Yarn Babes and Enlightment Society, solving the problems of the world one stitch at a time, (We even have bumper stickers!) gave me a Rug Weave-It Loom that had belonged to her mother. IMG_2433 And I haven’t been able to put it down.IMG_2435 I really shouldn’t show these.  Nancy may want it back.  It is the Zoom Loom of the past made in 1930’s.  I will sew these together as a tote bag and felt it.

The “Sheep Sampler” tapestry is starting to take shape.  IMG_2437 Duffy keeps an eye on the sheep.  IMG_2439 See ya,



About psobrien

Hi, my name is Sandy and I am a retired professional quilter turned fiber artist with my main interest in spinning wool , using natural plants to dye fiber to be used in tapestry weaving. I grew up on a dairy farm in Kentucky, travelled around the world and now make my home in Southeastern Arizona with my husband, Pat and Duffy, our Westiepoo.
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One Response to Busy, Busy, Busy

  1. Nice to know what you have been up to! I’ve been able to help in alpaca shearing-it is great fun and a lot of work!

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