Welcome to Little Lost Creek Alpaca Farm!
On Saturday, April 12th, we acquired our latest addition, Brandi, an 18-year old Shetland pony, in exchange for Mikimota and Griffin. We also got a saddle and two pony carts, so we are hoping that soon we will also be able to offer pony rides.
Brandi was a huge success with our 4-H club members who met on Sunday and were joined by a visiting Brownie troop. Brandi and the alpacas are still getting to know each other.
2014 National Alpaca Owners Association Show
On March 15 and 16, nine of our 4-H Alpacateers journeyed to Harrisburg to participate in the annual alpaca show. Needless to say, the competition was very tough. There were 218 entries in three different performance classes, ranging from adult (over 18) to under eight.
We are very proud of the way our kids handled themselves and rose to the occasion. It was a long two days with a lot of down time, but everyone remained up beat and positive, even though we had a couple of disheartening results. We brought home 10 ribbons, but more than that we learned a lot of new things and discovered we still have a lot to work on. We were particularly proud that three of our new members—Julia, Jonathan and Jessica Joy—earned ribbons in their very first alpaca show. What a way to start!
The hero of the show was Morgan, our 10-month old male, who was showing for the very first time. He accounted of seven of the 10 ribbons.
His sister Monroe also finished fourth in the spinoff, where they take a two-ounce sample of fiber, spin it and then grade it.
Here are the individual results: Mary placed fourth in Intermediate Obstacles and sixth in Public Relations, Julia placed fifth in IO, Sarah placed third in Junior Obstacles, Natalie, placed sixth in JO and fourth in PR, Jonathan placed sixth in JO and second in PR, Jessica Joy placed fifth in JO and third in PR.
Here is a video of Jonathan going through the Junior Public Relations course with Morgan.
SPRING WORKSHOPS AT LITTLE LOST CREEK ALPACA FARM
With advance notice, any of these workshops can be scheduled for a mutually agreed upon date. My time is very flexible. Please call Sandy at 484-431-9305 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginners Wet and Needle Felting Techniques
Wet felt a bar of soap! Bring your own soap or purchase one made locally from all natural ingredients. Then, dry felting an Easter egg, a ladybug or bug, a Santa, elf, a Christmas tree ornament, or maybe even a hackey-sack.
You will get a felting pad, needles to take home and some extra fiber to play with at home. We will use alpaca fiber, merino wool, and some Angora goat (mohair,) locks. These are easy to do and fun for beginners or more experienced fiber artists
Time: 12 pm – 3pm
Cost: $50 – includes all materials; to purchase soap, add $5
Ages: 8 and up
Class size limit: 6
Dates: Sat. March 22
Sun. April 6
And finally, don’t forget we are offering art lessons. The winter is a perfect time to learn a new craft such as dry or wet felting, weaving or dyeing.
The art mediums that will be offered range from very traditional to very contemporary. Some of the mediums and possible curriculum are:
Drawing – Still life, landscape, animals, linear perspective, portraits, self-portraits, mixed media and collage. Various mediums are pencil, charcoal, and pastel.
Painting – color theory, watercolor techniques, acrylic on canvas.
Sculpture – animals, human anatomy, nature, found objects. A variety of materials might include wire, plaster, clay, fiber, and Sculpy.
Fiber Arts – wet and dry felting of a wide variety of projects.
For more details please click on the Art Lesson tab on our main menu.