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Wide Sky Ranch: A Santa Fe Alpaca Farm

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Winter Writing

Wyatt gazing at the horizon.

Wyatt gazing at the horizon.

Now that the hectic holiday seasons have passed, Dave and I are enjoying our very mild weather here in Santa Fe although we most certainly need precipitation in any form. Already we have gone 90 days with any at all and we are beginning another dry stretch. Yesterday we enjoyed mid-60's! Very strange. And to think, our alpacas are rounding out their bodies now that Mother Nature is encouraging their fleece to grow faster and faster. Every time the opportunity arises to check fleece, we take a look and usually snap photos. There will be three more months of growth before we shear on May 9th. It's about two weeks before we like to shear, but judging by the weather we have had so far, by then the cool weather ought to be behind us.

Beginning the end of December have added fiber workshops to our studio activities. What fun we are having with our Nuno Felting Scarves, Felted Flowers, and next up, Needle Felting. Some of our attendees are fellow alpaca breeders and others are fiber enthusiasts. For Type A personalities these workshops have proven to be good workouts for letting our creative juices flow.

The alpaca shows are beginning now for us, this weekend a large regional in Ft. Worth where we have entered Cleopatra's (Rose Grey gal) prime blanket for competition as well as 2 ounce samples of her fleece plus Our Chance's in the Spin Off. Not only will the fleece be judged for how well it is hand spun by a judge, but also how well we have prepared the fleece sample. This will be the first time Cleopatra's fleece is being judged as she is only two years old. Chance took home all the possible ribbons in his category last year, but this will be a different category. We are so very curious to see how they (and I do in preparing the fleece) do. Depending on the results, we may be submitting more fleece of theirs in another regional show in Denver this May.

There's always a lot going on at Wide Sky Ranch. To keep up with the news, one may find us on FB WideSkyRanch. Thanks for visiting our Blog. Let us know if your travel plans take you to Santa Fe. We would love to give you a tour.

Nuno Felting Workshop

Nuno Felting Workshop

Clementine's baby fleece

Clementine's baby fleece

Cleopatra

Cleopatra

Our Chance

Our Chance