|This is just this year's 'harvest'|
I would like to thank Gail at Gateway Fibreworks for the tour she gave us yesterday. Gail was wonderful! While the boys' microns were being checked she showed us around the mill, explained the different things she did there and of course, as a fellow alpaca owner, had a long chat with us about these beautiful characters. And then I was left with absolutely no choice but to spend some time with her going through her shop and discussing different felting and dyeing techniques while Andy waited outside. Luckily for him the rain had stopped. I walked away with a wonderful little book, "The Knitter's Companion"
I placed an order with Gail to have all of Parnell and Tyrone's fleece from last year combined and turned into roving...I can hardly wait to see it! We also dropped off some seconds and thirds for Gail to add to her recycle co-op. She combines her own fleece with that given to her by other alpaca farms in order to get the minimum amount needed and sends it to be turned into cozy insoles. The insoles are then divided among the farms that donated fibre for the project. Now that's my idea of a recycling program!!!
I will be signing up for her workshops when I take up the next load of fleece to be processed.
The really interesting part of the day was getting the boys' micron counts checked. Unfortunately though, for Windsor, this resulted in the end of his reign as "King" of JADA Farms. He has been downgraded to "Prince". Why? Because although he has superb density, staple length and amazing crimp, he is already showing a not so great micron count at the tender age of 3. This doesn't mean he won't be getting bred...it just means that we have to find just the right girl for him. Sorry buddy...
So who is the new royalty around here? Believe it or not, that little black trouble maker of ours!!!
Yep, that's right...what Vincent lacks in density he more than makes up for with a beautiful staple length and an AMAZING average micron count of .....16!!! Actually, it's too bad Windsor wasn't a female because together he and Vincent truly have it all!!
After our drive up to the mill, which is in the middle of the Muskokas (an absolutely gorgeous piece of cottage country) we came home and I decided I better attempt to finish up a few projects. I am happy to say that the baby blanket I have been making is just getting the last row of the ruffled edge and it will be all finished! This leaves me with more time to play with fleece!