Weaving an Alpaca Scarf

Weaving an Alpaca Scarf

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After we spun the alpaca fiber, we warped the loom.  The loom is a rigid heddle table loom made by Ashford.

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Time to start weaving!  This is the fun part.

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This scarf, now finished, measures 50 in. by 14 in.  We hand-spun all of the yarn that went into it.  The colors are natural, coming from black and white Alpacas.

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In Memory of Sage

We lost Sage today.  Two days ago, she was the picture of health.  Yesterday morning, she had bloody scours and was off her feed and listless.  We treated her aggressively for coccidiosis and enterotoxemia, and tubed electrolytes every few hours, but she went downhill very fast.  She died in 24 hours.

She was one of our first and most beloved does.  I always loved her personality.  Loving, yet not pushy.  She was one of the goats that hummed when she was happy and just made you smile every time you looked at her.  She was a Nubian cross and had crazy half floppy ears that fit her perfectly.  Sage was such a wonderful mother, not only to her many kids, but to other doe’s kids too.  She would hang out with them and babysit while the other does were out grazing.  She would even let the other kids nurse on her.  But Sage’s mothering was not limited to goat kids, she extended her loving influence to the people kind as well.  She was the one to teach the littlest children showmanship and they always got a kiss out of the deal too.  Because Sage was such a big girl, she could give goat back rides to little children when they visited our farm.  She and a little girl named Evangeline made an especially strong connection.  Evangeline thought she was in heaven sitting on that goat’s back!   Sage was a hero in the eyes of the little children.  I loved Sage.  She was the first goat that I showed in 4-H.   I am so thankful to God for the time we had together.  We had hoped to have many more years with Sage, but instead of dwelling on the time we did not have, I rejoice in the time we did.  Sage’s life, though cut short, was by no means wasted.  Goodbye dear friend Sage.

The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

Job 1:21b

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Sage Babysitting

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Sage with two of her doelings from this spring

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One of her favorite hangouts on the picnic table.

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Goodbye Sage

Breeding Season

Along with the fall leaves and pumpkin pie, this time of year brings the scent of bucks around here on Our Father’s Gift!   For our dairy goat herd breeding season started Sep 2 when we introduced our buck Valor into their herd.  He did an amazing job of synchronizing their estrus cycles and all 10 of them bred between September 9th-13th.   So long as they don’t come back into heat we are looking forward to a very busy  and exciting kidding season beginning February 2017.   Our sheep, meat and fiber goats will start to be bred around the end of October.  That way the weather will be warmer for kidding and lambing, and the dairy goats will be done using the kidding stalls.  We are thankful to God for a great start to this years breeding season!

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Valor and Peppy

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Valor and Arwen

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Valor and Peppy

2016 Wilson County Fair

 We had a great time demonstrating at the Wilson County Fair with the Friends of Fiber. We demonstrated spinning, weaving, dyeing, knitting, crocheting, and needle felting.
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Violet and Lenore Demonstrating needle felting.

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Some of the needle felted artwork that we had for sale.

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Lenore Spinning

Trousdale County Fair

We had a lot of fun at the Trousdale County Fair.  Here are is a sample of some of our winning entries.

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Lenore – Photography

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Violet – Gardening

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Bergen – Photography

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Violet – Photography

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Lenore – Drawing

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Violet – Drawing

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Violet – Sculpture

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Lenore – Novelty Craft

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Violet – Educational Display

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Lenore – Cooking

Hartsville TN 4th of July Parade

The parade was on despite severe thunder storms and torrential rain.  Thankfully the rain stopped just long enough for the parade to go.

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This was Jenny’s first parade. She did an amazing job packing that candy!

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For Alfred this was his second parade and the first time pulling the wagon in a parade.

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After the parade was over, Alfred and I stayed around and gave free rides to the children.  That went over very well.  At some points we even had a line waiting for rides!  Our Father’s Gift Farm won the Kid’s Choice Award this year.  Thank God for giving us this opportunity to serve our community in a fun way.  We are looking forward to the next time!