Well, what a successful day at the North Devon Show yesterday – three First Rosettes for Blacklands Alpacas in the Fleece competition !
In the Junior Fawn class, young Goya did us proud with his first fleece – with particularly high scores for “fineness and handle”, as well as for uniformity of micron, length and colour …
Then in the Intermediate joint black and brown class, Florence’s second fleece won first place, and we were particularly pleased that the fleece achieved a full five points out of five for Uniformity of colour, and 14 out of 15 for clean fleece weight – both of these are factors which can be very difficult to achieve with black animals …
Finally our young stud male Escalibur won the adult grey class with his third fleece. The weight of the blanket, at 2.6 Kg, was particularly good, and although grey might not be the favourite of many commercial spinners (as they prefer to have a single solid colour), it is extremely popular with craft spinners, weavers, felters and knitters. We are eagerly awaiting his first cria – we used him last year in a rather experimental way, mating him to females of different colours just to see what happened ! His sire being the multiple champion (albeit rather strangely named) Daer Enahs Streslecki, we can be sure of some interesting results. Here’s a picture of his prize-winning fleece …
And to cap it all, we had a very good day with our Blacklands Alpacas product stand, chatting with a constant stream of interested visitors, while selling lots of lovely items made from alpaca fibre.
It has indeed been very quiet round here, though the major summer jobs have been done – particularly shearing and haylage-making. We don’t seem to have made it to many shows this year, though that is changing this week with Pat going off to the North Devon Show (near Barnstaple) on Wednesday. See their website for all the details. She’s actually going on the Tuesday to help the alpaca fleece judge get through all the show entries, but on the Wednesday she’ll have a small stand with lots of alpaca products for sale – most of them made from our own natural (undyed) alpaca fibre. Take a look at the Blacklands Alpacas Shop Facebook page to see some of the lovely new things Pat has developed.
… I guess maybe it’s the wrong time to be showing off this lovely neck-warmer ! As usual, this very stylish item is hand-knitted from our own alpaca fibre. It is 100% natural, with no dyes having been added.
How’s this for a lovely little pullover ? All natural colours (no dyes), and all made from 100% Somerset alpaca yarn. Hand-knitted by the boss !
And this lovely hand woven scarf, made from 100% natural Somerset alpaca fibre (no dyes) won a second place rosette at the British Alpaca Futurity last weekend …
Pat entered several items into the Fibre Festival and Craft classes at the British Alpaca Futurity, and we were very pleased indeed to win several awards ..
We were awarded Firsts for three skeins of hand-spun yarn :
Both of the skeins above are of undyed fibre; on the left fancy cabled yarn, and on the right, plain (black, and consequently very difficult to photograph). The one below is hand-dyed with natural products.
A close-up of the above yarn, which earned the comment from the judge “has retained its handle despite the dye on it”.
We seem to be suffering a cold wet winter, but here’s something to make you snug and warm – a hand-knitted scarf made from 100% pure Somerset alpaca yarn in totally natural colours. Alpaca fibre is wonderfully soft and doesn’t scratch or irritate like sheepswool, so you can wear it comfortably next to your skin.
Here’s a lovely new product from Blacklands Alpacas – an elegant shoulder bag. As usual, it’s made from 100% natural Somerset alpaca yarn, hand-knitted and undyed.
Way back last September we showed off our little baby booties, and I’ve just realised that I hadn’t shown the finished pair. So here they are !
We have lots of different patterns for fingerless mitts – here are two types just finished …