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”
It was cold and rainy that day, so Kristina put dog coats on the babies after they were sheared.Jeff was thrilled that this was the last one to shear. 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. Here’s one of the beautiful fleeces right off the animal. 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. And I haven’t been able to put it down. 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.