I managed to capture Lola giving birth on July 7. It was slightly concerning that the nose did not appear first, or right along with the toes, but I could see that the nose was right behind the opening. The whole event took less than 30 minutes and the last photo of the baby is when she was barely 30 minutes old.
Squished between tales of Africa we are having a fleece giveaway! The fleece I have chosen for the giveaway is from Paris, a sweet brown baby girl with one of the nicest baby fleeces this year. There will undoubtedly be some vegetation, but at this point she has one of the cleanest fleeces of all the babies. This is Paris!
You can see from the size of her neck in this photo that she has a very nice staple length and you might notice there is not much vegetation on her either.
Why am I doing this? To get more traffic to my Etsy site! I am starting to create alpaca batts with my new Big Tom electric drum carder. I am blending alpaca with silk, bamboo and merino to create one of a kind batts. I’m using organic dyes, blending colors and fibers to create batts that I personally would love to spin. (and sometimes I do!) I decided the best way to attract spinners would be to give away something that a spinner would love! The only problem with my grand plan is that I have not had as much time as I need to create more batts, but the contest goes on and I’ll get the store filled up as I can!
But what if you don’t spin? No problem! Several options. You might want to learn to spin! It is an ancient art that is relaxing as well as productive and there are classes offered in most areas. Or you can send it to a processor to have roving or yarn made. Our favorite processor is Spinderellas. Read more about them here. Fleeces do not have expiration dates if stored properly, so you can take your time to decide what to do if you win the fleece.
OK, so How do I enter? You can enter as many times*or ways as you like. Each method of entry = 1 entry into the contest. Here’s how:
1. Visit our Etsy shop, then come back to this blog page and leave a comment telling me about something you like in the shop.
2. Leave a tweet on Twitter about this giveaway. You must however link to this blog. Leave a comment that you tweeted with a direct link to your tweet. *Limit of 4 tweets per day.
3. Write a post on your own blog about our giveaway. You can write whatever you want, just link back to this post. Leave a comment that you did this with a direct link to your post.
Use the “leave a comment” box at the bottom of this page. Each comment gets an entry number. You may enter as many ways or times as you like!
When and how will you choose a winner? Winner will be chosen at random as we put all the numbers in a hat on May 1, 2010 and will be announced on our web site. Last entry accepted on April 30 at midnight MST. The more times you enter, the more chances you have to win. Shearing is scheduled for June 7 ,2010 , you will be sent your fleece within a week of shearing.
Entries welcome from outside the USA, but we will ask you to pay shipping only.
Have fun, play nice and enter often!
Now I better go card some more batts.
I so admire my friends who knit beautiful sweaters with complicated cables, socks and other fabulous creations. I do have half a sock I started about 5 years ago, but there it sits in my knitting bag just laughing at me.
I have come to realize I am a passionate alpaca farmer who knits occasionally and I guess that suits me fine. But I did discover a super simple project – well suited for alpaca yarn and I am having a ball knitting again! Not using too many brain cells in my knitting is OK with me for now. I haven’t had to rip one stitch out yet.
A baby cocoon! Can you imagine having a super soft alpaca cocoon to put your baby in? Well I don’t actually have a baby (or grandbaby yet) but my dolls are filling in so I can be sure my cocoons are the right size. This is my preemie or newborn size and I’m working on a slightly bigger one. What a great photo prop this would be for a real sleeping baby.
I’ll list a few in my Etsy store once I get them finished.