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Christmas Shopping !

Next weekend we are opening our doors, come and see all the original alpaca gifts available, from as little as 50p, produced from fibre from our own alpacas. Gift vouchers, many knitted items, socks, teddies, mitts, etc, or buy someone a voucher for a course to learn to spin or weave! Open 10 to 4 both days or call for visits at other times 07788671194 or directions. Signposted from the A38 in Lower Weare.  Mince pies and mulled wine for the Christmas feeling!! Hope to see you there.

First ! First !! First !!!

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

Futurity triumphs

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 ..

 

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We were awarded Firsts for three skeins of hand-spun yarn :

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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.

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A close-up of the above yarn, which earned the comment from the judge “has retained its handle despite the dye on it”.

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