Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Our alpacas are shorn so watch the shop for fleeces, rovings, rolags and homespun yarn! You can see a picture video of our shearing by copying this link to your browser: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=633300336695738&set=vb.100000473314895&type=2&theater
Bringing out the first alpaca
Sheering off the prime fleece
Rolling up the shorn fleece
Monday, April 30, 2012
Shearing day has come and gone once again! You can see a movie of snap shots be by copying this link and pasting it in your browser: http://youtu.be/stKwRyBc3u8
Hi, I'm Jetta! I belong to Second chance Farm - they brought me to Turkey Creek for a hair cut!.
A few of our favorite snaps are shown here. Thanks to all of our help and our shearer, Brent and assistant, Brandon. We couldn't do it by ourselves, that's for sure! Having a wonderful team makes for a really great day!
Thanks for visiting.
Protege awaits the shearing team
Removing the blanket or "prime" fleece
Rolling up a blanket. Also called "noodling"
Lady Catherine, shorn and ready to be back with her herd mates!
Saturday, March 3, 2012
While visiting a friend's farm I took this photo. We thought they looked as if they were about to belt out a tune ...
Sunday, July 31, 2011
We were blessed with 2 beautiful crias this spring, Wooly Lavender and Ridin' the Storm Out.
Lavender was born on the hottest day of the year to date and was named after a type of Lavender flower that is tolerant to high temperatures. Her dam, Lotus Flower and sire, Spartacus are both medium rose grey, but so far, Lavender appears a shade lighter with a solid blanket. She's a real spitfire and is really gorgeous. We look forward to watching her mature over the winter months.
Ridin' the Storm Out (not shown) was born on Memorial Day which was the day after a terrible storm in Northern Indiana. We had wind shear come down the creek (2nd time in less than 10 months) and knock down several large trees in our pasture. We originally tried to think of a unique patriotic name but when REO Speedwagon came on the radio singing "Ridin' the Storm Out", we both looked at each other and nodded. Storm's personality is just the opposite of stormy - he's rather calm natured and seems to mull everything you say over in that fuzzy little head. He's a real doll with out-of-this-World fiber, which is not surprising coming from Sheeza Looker and Protege. SOLD!
Fall has brought us 3 females and 1 male, all are very exciting!! Read on ....
French Vanilla has wonderful solid bone and lovely dense, curly fleece. And boy is she full of herself!! Fusion and Shimmer outdid themselves. We are proud to offer her for sale!
Thunderbolt was up and bouncing around in record timing. Because of his sire's name "Bullet", Lee named him after 22 gauge ammunition and we think he'll have the ammunition to pass along his wonderful traits. We look forward to watching him mature.
Bullet's Jolie is absolutely striking! Of the crias born this year, she has the most presence. We expect she will have lovely fleece characteristics to go along with her balanced frame and gorgeous good looks. She's got personality too. Very curious and not afraid to check everything out. We are proud to offer her for sale!
Royal Izabella is a little princess, that's for sure. We are very excited to have the combined genetics of Cloudy and Royal Crest, and her fleece looks like it will be awesome. She's got crimp from head to toe on that petite frame. She will be one to watch!
Thanks for visiting! We hope you will check back next year - we've got some exciting breedings going on and expect we'll have another crop of outstanding crias to report!
Fusion's French Vanilla
Friday, April 22, 2011
This was the project that spent a few months in my lap this winter. I actually finished it in mid-March except for the buttons. It took a few weeks for the capelet to make it upstairs to my project room where I keep my basket-full of buttons. I always enjoy choosing buttons —I can lose an hour or more just sifting through them. (How boring am I??) Many of the buttons were removed from old outfits and bunches were given to me by both of my moms. One of my favorite things on Earth is vintage buttons! For my Earthy capelet, I decided to use some vintage leather buttons from my mom. I feel they compliment the capelet nicely.
This piece is made of 100% Royal Baby-fine Alpaca from our Preferred Herd Yarn Collection making it soooo sumptuous!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
One of this winter's projects has been an area to process our own fiber into rovings. This includes a fleece storage/staging area, fiber tumbler, skirting table, picker, washer & drying racks, carder and a home for my antique hand-crank sock machine.
I've only just begun the remainder of last year's clip plus several fleeces we purchased and some given to us. I've done some dyeing as well and the colors are luscious! Visit my alpaca fibers blog for more daily details: http://www.alpacafibers.blogspot.com/
You may also want to visit our website for videos of each process: http://www.turkeycreekalpacas.com/fiber/processing.html
Thanks for visiting!
Storage & staging
Antique Legare 47 sock machine
Sunday, February 20, 2011
We have worked through the winter painting and assembling our mobile shop. A few details, like the wall mural are on hold until the weather is kinder to our paints!
Winter snowmobile festival
The mobile shop will be at various festivals in 2011. Watch for a list of events as we firm up details!
An inside glimpse