Monthly Archives: March 2012

Happy Friday from Bravado


The work week is almost over, and it’s been a long one for poor Bravado… Throughout this whole weaning thing, he’s stuffed his face even more frantically than usual. When little Trip’s background humming annoys Bravado, he only stops chewing long enough … Continue reading

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A few beginning knitting tips


I’ve talked before about the importance of crafting with friends, and I can’t say it enough: group knitting (or spinning) is the best way to get inspired to work on a project and have fun while you work. So when … Continue reading

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Halter training and weaning gallery


Before we could train or separate Tripoli, we had to catch him. Which is never easy with the rest of the herd getting in the way… A big bear hug is the usual way to catch an alpaca, in case … Continue reading

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Weaning little Tripoli


Dad caught little Tripoli doing some very *ahem* big boy things…if you know what I mean…last week. Even though he’s kind of been doing such things (all in “play”, not productively, or rather, reproductively) since he was old enough to … Continue reading

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Heidi the attack horse


Sometimes wordpress loses all the text while posting…and I have to rewrite a post, and that makes me very angry…post is forthcoming, again. Mom was tidying up the horse paddock after bringing Heidi and Boogie in from turnout when Whisper … Continue reading

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Wait, you’re telling me “baby alpaca” yarn isn’t from babies?


Well. Technically, baby alpaca fiber is just the finest (thinnest) grade of alpaca fiber. It has nothing to do with age, only the “micron count”, or width, of the individual hairs. A “micron” is a unit of measurement, actually a micrometer, used … Continue reading

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Break-out report, conclusion


The investigation into the great break-out continues to evolve… After turnout, little Missy approached Mom and came clean. “Well, you see, about the time the sun was coming up, Auntie Brittany chewed the chain loose on the man gate. But … Continue reading

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Incident report from security team at Cliff House Ranch – alpaca division


Special guest post from the security team. Transmission follows… Mom and Dad report: at approximately 6 am, Tuesday March 6th, 2012 the naughty Cliff House Alpacas broke out of their paddock. At 7:15 am Dad spied the whole girls’ herd looking at … Continue reading

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The great escape (2)


This morning, Dad had a surprise waiting for him when he headed out to the barn for the morning feeding. He opened the garage door, stepped into the weak morning light, and took a moment to survey his domain. In … Continue reading

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To the mill!


Dad and Mom toured one of our local fiber mills this week. We made a family pact that if our next shearing day rolled around and we still hadn’t finished with all the fleeces, we’d take them to the mill … Continue reading

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