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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Alpaca Raffle Winner

And the winners of the Alpaca Raffle - are... Jason & Stephanie Westervelt! Ravat and buddy Swoosh are settling into their new digs in Alpine quite nicely.

Soon after their arrival, Ravat & Swoosh's new family had to inform their sons Daycare why Hudson was making alpaca sounds and noises! From the picture they sent - seems Hudson's thrilled with his new buddies.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Marimba Mallets - who would have thought...

Alpaca Wrapped Marimba Mallets

Alpaca Wrapped Marimba Mallets

A new use for alpaca yarn - you bet it is...I was recently contacted by a percussionist wanting to special order some Alpaca yarn, to be used to wrap Marimba Mallets. Never heard of this one before, but from what I'm told using the natural fiber provides a better quality of sound and holds up a lot longer - making it well worth the investment. Pretty cool to find a new use for Alpaca yarn!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Yes,It's true..we are raffling off an Alpaca!

We had to say that line numerous times this past weekend and the weekend before. You see our daughter came home one day, just about hopping out of her skin saying the "Yorkers" group at school, next trip is to Spain and she wanted to go!

And how are you/we going to pay for that - was the next question!

I had heard of other kids raffling off a side of beef and doing really well - so we thought - Why not an Alpaca!

So after much consideration - we have chosen "Ravat" as the male that will be raffled. He is a 4 1/2 year old Dark Brown male who's fleece is a beautiful chocolate brown when spun into yarn.

She is also raffling off a 2-Night stay at the Hayward House B&B, and an Alpaca gift basket.

If your so inclined - tickets are 1 for $5 or 3 for $10.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Having Fun @ The Fiber Mill

In a recent trip to "Autumn Mist Alpaca Farm and Fiber Mill", Brandon got first hand experience into what goes into making roving. From weighing the fleece to ensuring it was spread evenly on the conveyor. A future mill worker in the making, only time will tell.

Thanks Leslie & Jeff for letting us "hang out" with you for a bit :)

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Future Rug Weaver...

For many of us, Floyd Wicker "Four Season Alpacas" is the go to guy for creating gorgeous Alpaca rugs, he weaves all of our rugs here at Owl Ridge. Check out are Sales Page to see just a few. At the 2013 Alpaca Gala, Floyd took some time to show a future weaver what it's all about...

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Autograph Wall

Our good friends and neighbors Kevin & Michelle Mannella, own and operate a Bed & Breakfast - "Hayward House Bed & Breakfast." One of the coolest things they have is an "autograph wall." It's hidden away in a small room where guests can get coffee and tea - to our delight the photo was drawn on their wall. We often get guests coming over four tours and to see what an Alpaca really is. Cameron had given a tour the day before - and the guests loved it. By the looks of it - they loved their stay at the B&B as well - and who wouldn't...check it out at www.thehaywardhouse.com. You won't go wrong - and with an innkeeper being a licensed massage therapist - you'll leave more relaxed than when you first arrived.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Drop Spindle Spinning

Master Spinner Dale Jackson

Master Spinner Dale Jackson

We were recently invited to attend a "Learn to Spin Yarn" class at the Ovid Library. Master spinner Dale Jackson was on hand demonstrating the yarn-making process using a drop spindle. This was a
"hands on" class that turned out to be a lot of fun. It was also filled with a lot of "Shoots" and "Opps" but more laughs than anything. I can see how using a drop spindle is something that just clicks after practice and definitely something you could get a lot of enjoyment out of. For me, I'm going to stick with raising the animals that produce the fiber - that where I get my enjoyment. As a mom, watching my kids try something new was pretty cool too!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Get out of my car!

Can I have a ride?

Can I have a ride?

While unloading feed one afternoon - we got a surprise to find one of our Bourbon Red Turkey Hens trying to hitch a ride. Maybe she was trying to tell us to go faster (she's standing on a bag of chicken feed), or thought she could be helpful. Honestly, my first thought was "get out of my car" as I didn't want any unwanted presents left behind.

She eventually hopped out to become a trip hazard by following us into the barn while carrying 50 lb bags of feed.

Never a dull moment at Owl Ridge Alpacas!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Take one...

Take one...

Let's do a photo card this year...this idea somehow morphed into a photo in front of our sign with three Alpacas. Oh, it seems so simple doesn't it.

Lesson #1: Have someone (another human) take the photo - - it seems like an enternity for the timer on the camera to go off - especially when everyone is posed just right; and only an instant when no one is ready!

Lesson #2: Alpacas can sense when the timer on the "un-manned" camera is going to go off and try and leap over you so they aren't in the shot!

Lesson #3: When the guy riding by on the bike stops to see if you need any help - say "YES"!

So are we going to do it again? Heck yeah we are. It was actually a lot of fun and very entertaining at times, and I don't think we ended up with too bad of a photo either. Happy Holidays!

p.s. These photos were taken during the week of Dec. 17th. As I type this now, there is over 18" of snow on the ground with 2-5" more coming today - winter has arrived!
Take two...

Take two...

Take three...

Take three...



Saturday, October 20, 2012

Picking up "Beans"

Brandon having fun??

Brandon having fun??

Hate to admit it, but there are times the bean piles get away from us. With both my husband and I working full time off the farm, two active kids, 19 Alpacas, horses, chickens, etc. we often run out of time. I know I'm not alone in this one!

Thankfully a fellow Alpaca breeder told me to try a "Shop Vac." We have a couple and thought - why not!

Turns out they work like a charm - especially when your kids think it's fun!

Couple of things to remember - don't go to fast or the beans will clog up the hose (not fun to unclog); and the drier the beans the better. It will make quick work for those times your bean piles get away from you.

Have to wonder if the company ever thought their product would be picking up beans!