Tuesday, December 15, 2009

O Tannenbaum!

O Christmas Tree! It's fake - can you tell? I promise I will never buy another one...well, maybe if it comes with the lights already installed. 10 more days until Christmas. Our community public school had their Christmas concert tonight. The countdown is on.

Here's a spinning project that I've been wanting to try for some time now. I handspun the alpaca\merino blend singles and now I am plying them together with a polyester thread strung with beads. I'm finding it kind of tricky to hold the beaded thread in one hand to pop a bead off into the yarn while plying. The tendency is to hold back on the thread itself, so it is much tighter than the singles yarn. I'm thinking that the colour beads on the white yarn looks kind of clownish, but perhaps it will make a nice edging on a scarf or shawl someday. Come to think of it, it looks a little Christmas-sy itself.

Our chickens are not loving the winter...although they do venture out of the chicken house to get fresh air.

The rooster Big Red is a handsome devil, isn't he?
The hen's name is Elsie.

People ask me whether alpacas like the Northern Ontario winters. Well, they do like the cold weather of December better than the heat and humidity of our typical August. They need shelter from the wind and from getting too wet, but other than that, they do very well in our climate. Today was a mild winter day, but when the sun started going down, it got cooler. In the twilight - which now happens about 5:30pm - I could see this 6 month old weanling and another running about playing and pronking. It's fun to watch.


marj. said...

I love it when the alpacas pronk.When they all get going, even the old girls, it makes me very happy.

Norma from Misty Haven Alpacas said...

Yeah, or running. I have a 14 1/2 year old that puts her head down and just darts around. She used to chase the chickens around (I think she was trying to protect the heard from these 'killer birds') until she got used to them. She even dances around when we bring fresh hay out.

Azure Islands Designs said...

Ok Norma, what is pronking??? I don't speak Alpaca much... :0)

What a great idea putting beads on your yarn...you know you could always try one single color as well...might be nice around the collar and cuffs of a sweater, shawl, cuff of mitts...there are many people out there who like a bit of "bling" on occasion!!!
I'm having a Give Away for Artbeads.com on my blog check it out, you should enter...it is an online beads shop...you never know,you might be able to find your own polyester thread and beads to fit and come up with your own idea, and if you were to win it would be free??? Just a thought...

Enjoy your Christmas concert...

Merry Christmas Norma hope you have a safe and happy holiday season!

Norma from Misty Haven Alpacas said...

Thanks Heather. I did check out your blog earlier this morning and saw the giveaway...funny, it never even occurred to me to enter as I'm not a jewellry designer! I will enter. And you know, I've been wanted to shop for beads for embellishment as well! Dang, my head is messed these days.
Pronking....think of Tiger from Winnie the Pooh, when he bounces on his four feet...bonk...bonk...bonk...the alpacas will get going all in a line around twilight time all around the fields. Quite a sight. And the big llamas join in. I should host a 'Pronking Party'...on second thought, I may get some questionable activity out of that one, eh?

Merry Christmas to you too, Heather.