Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Babies and Stitches West

First was born last week. He grew lot during the 6 days that I was gone to Stitches. He is obviously going to be a red with blue eyes. He is out of Ruby and the red buck that I bought at Del Mar.

Stitches West was pretty disappointing this year. The attendance was way down and the young people were mostly vendor assistants. There were also a lot less vendors. The ones I needed things from were not there and several went from 4 spaces to just one. The sun might have been shining outside - but it was dreary for those of us who were not putting yarns on sale or selling cheap products. My customers are artists and there were few of them at this show. Most of the independent breederswere also absent. Time for me to move on.

I am busy preparing for our move to Maryland. The shop is set back up for the last time. It will all come down on the 15th of March. I plan to pack 2 suitcases with fiber to keep me sane once the household goods are gone. My Gem is going to go into a suitcase. Can't live without it!

I went out this morning and counted the animals by breed, sex and ages for the health certificate. I also checked to see how far along their pregnancies are. No one looks like today, but then last week Ruby surprised me. She is a second time mom and had no udders till after that kid was born.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

First Baby

Ruby had a huge buck while I was out giving dextrose to a Merino. I am heading out to Stitches now. Marc is in charge!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Yarns and Stitches West

I will be packing later today for the Stitches West Show in Santa Clara, CA. It will be my last one there, since I am moving to Maryland and will focus on east coast shows. My booth is # 831.

The two photos (above and below) include all of the yarns suitable for the boa scarf. A few might be a few yards short (you need at least 25, but you can always add another yarn and make the scarf longer. The boa scarf is approximately 24 inches long - depends on how tightly you knit.

Our house in Tucson is currently on the market. The workshop/garage has never been cleaner!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Preparing and Packing

In between packing boxes to make the place look neater, I am trying to replenish my yarn inventory. I sold lots of batts and supercoil yarns at the Tucson Bead Show and was inspired to go for brighter and different color combinations.

My room was on the dark side and behind another vendor, so some people were not able to find me. I am sorry!

We hope to have the house here in Arizona on the market early this week. Most of the repairs have been complete and we havce donated loads of stuff to both Goodwill and the dump. My studio is the only mess and it will be picked up by Sunday night.

Just a reminder that my time here is short. I have scheduled a nuno felting class for the 3rd of March. It will be the last one I offer, unless you collect a group of three and I have a date available.

I am driving to Stitches West on 22 February and will be back sometime on the 28th. My booth is 831.

Baby season will be starting soon. Come check out the babies - hopefully I will have some by March 10 for the festival. Since it has been so warm this winter, some of the does and ewes might not have gotten pregnant.

I did find a home for my llamas and they will leave next week. I am still looking for someone to take Shep and Herd. I would NOT use them as herd or livestock animals. They are people dogs and have loads of energy. I do not plan to take them to the pound or a rescue center.

Shop closes on March 14, 2012 at 4 p.m!