Alpaca Farm!

On eof the local LYS’s had a field trip to an alpaca farm today.  Being me, I was gung ho about going ANYWHere I could pet fuzzy animals and fondle fiber at the same time.  The alpaca farm we went to was Finney’s Fiber Farm.  I had a good time, got to pet some alpacas and watch the sheep, which were awesome because they were bigger around than they were tall.

The alpacas were not as sociable as I had hoped and generally would ignore me or walk away. The ground was pretty soggy and I was wearing sandals, so traipsing through the paddock to pet the animals was not really an option today.

The farm isn’t really set-up for visitors, but they did pretty well.  A little booth was set up where kids could felt roving into bags, some gourd baskets were placed out, offering classes on how to make them (I thought about it, but didn’t sign up).  Yarn from the alpacas was for sale at $7 a ounce, which was painful since it was $28 for 220 yards.  But I am happy that I can tell you which alpaca my yarn is from and that it was raised locally, which is a big improvement over flying in yarn from Peru.

After scaring the sheep, petting the alpacas, fondling the roving and visiting with the farm dogs I went to Borders to relax and read about knitting for a while.  I do not yet have a pattern picked out for my fancy new chocolate brown, natural, undyed alpaca yarn but I was thinking some sort of lacy tam or a little scarflet.  Hurrah!  The most adorable baby alpaca was “Teddy Bear” who I did get to pet.  Love!


South Lake Tahoe

We went to South Lake Tahoe for my birthday weekend.  Mom and I had never been there before.

View of Lake Tahoe

View of Lake Tahoe

We walked around a bit, checked out some shops and then went up the gondola. The first stop is a viewing deck, but all the trails were blocked off.  On the viewing deck a couple was taking wedding pictures. The poor bride was freezing, I’m sure, as the wind was blowing cold and they were in the shade.

The view at the top of the gondola was not what i expected, dry, dusty, and with trails that Elton wasn’t interested in going on.  So we turned around, took the 12 minute ride back down 3000 feet to a less oxygen depleted elevation of about 6000 feet above sea level to get some food.

Having looked at all the alpaca rugs, which were really cool, I had a hankering for alpaca yarn.  mom and I went in search for the LYS.  I was wholly disappointed with “The Wool Tree” the yarn shop in Tahoe, it was small, cramped, and the women didn’t seem overly friendly.  I had wanted to buy some alpaca but all they had was what I could get in any LYS.  On the way back to get Elton we stopped at a couple galleries and checked out some really cool stuff, the best being the Dr. Suess gallery, which had some great art, not just by Dr. Suess.

I think my favorite pictures would be these…

Branches above the lake.

Branches above the lake.

plague warning, just what you want to see at the top of a mountain before you go hiking.

plague warning, just what you want to see at the top of a mountain before you go hiking.

It’s My Birthday and I’ll Make Cupcakes if I Want to.

So my birthday is today (the 18th) I’m turning 29 and not too thrilled about it.  I wasn’t allowed to celebrate birthdays growing up (a religious thing) and now that I am allowed to celebrate birthdays and holidays its still weird, I think it always will be that way.  I just feel a bit like an outsider all the time.

At our school, when it’s your birthday you bring goodies for the other staff.  So I made cupcakes.

My ability to frost improved on the second set of cupcakes.

I am not happy about my birthday.  I’m 29 (I know, go ahead and tell me I”m young) and living alone in Butthole California with a chihuahua (who I love).  I haven’t even gotten to knit this week yet.  grr.

So knitters, I could do with a little cheering up.  The cupcakes aren’t doing it.

Baby Sweater!

I’m appropriating the cables from the Viking Socks (ravelry link) to use for a size 2 sweater for a toddler.  I’m using my own pattern, which currently means I’m really not sure how this is going to work out yet but as long as I don’t run out of yarn I should be ok.

It sure is pretty though…

Size 8 needles

Yarn: Dream in Color: Classy, colorway Wisteria

I cast on 112 stitches, did 1 inch or so of sead stitch and then began the cable patterns, with a seed stitch border at the button band.  Next to the button band I have a slightly smaller cable pattern, also from Viking socks.  The cable you see here is centered on the back panel.

Dear Crocheters

I’m sorry y’all, I can’t write you patterns in crochet………..because I am a terrible crocheter myself.  I’ve just learned how to make circles by crocheting and that is as far as my ability goes.  Please don’t ask me to rewrite my patterns in crochet format because I can’t, although it’s nice that you think I’m smart enough to figure it out.  My crochet learning curve is very low.  I anticipate I will be an adequate crocheter by the year 2608.  In the mean time, I have an earlier blog that shows how to convert knitting to crochet and vice-versa, feel free to use those resources.