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Alpacas on the Port au Port Peninsula, NL

Unread postby Little Kopit on Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:20 pm

Ok, I'm starting to learn a new photo host's software. & If this thread works, I won't feel quite so much like wall climbing.

On the South Shore of Newfoundland's Port au Port Peninsula is an alpaca farm. They also have a crafts shop.

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But they have a sign that read's "No Dogs Please".

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Dogs would bother these South American wool producing animals.

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So, at the first bark, we're off.

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To say the least, since I was driving with dogs in the open truck bed, I kept the truck moving for all of these pics.

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Re: Alpacas on the Port au Port Peninsula, NL

Unread postby Big Rig Guy on Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:17 pm

Nice pics
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Re: Alpacas on the Port au Port Peninsula, NL

Unread postby Limey on Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:16 pm

Alpaca farming is big in Colorado - we see a lot of them when we drive the scenic route from Denver to Colorado Springs!

Our neighbour even has one! :) Aparrenly the wool is high quality and gets a good price.
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Re: Alpacas on the Port au Port Peninsula, NL

Unread postby Little Kopit on Tue Nov 25, 2008 2:02 pm

I never did get any of their wool. I know why I didn't on that occasion, but I bypassed other opportunities too. & I don't just knit, I figure out my patterns, motifs, etc. too.

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Re: Alpacas on the Port au Port Peninsula, NL

Unread postby Limey on Tue Nov 25, 2008 3:13 pm

Little Kopit wrote:I never did get any of their wool. I know why I didn't on that occasion, but I bypassed other opportunities too. & I don't just knit, I figure out my patterns, motifs, etc. too.

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My DW is a quilter - all hand made (no machine stuff) and she designs all of them herself - she specializes in US SouthWestern designs. She has donated several to charity auctions recently and they raised quite a lot. An average quilt usually takes her about 50 hours to finish! I'm very proud of her skills, and we have quite a few specially made for wall areas in the 5er :)

What sort of stuff do you knit?
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Re: Alpacas on the Port au Port Peninsula, NL

Unread postby Little Kopit on Tue Nov 25, 2008 6:32 pm

I'm not into sharing what I do. I'm into doing what suits me. I used to to some in crochet cotton, in other people's lacy motifs for summer work tops. But I won't need them now. I've been doing a style for retirement for the last 7 years. 1 bi-colour or tri-colour per winter as I sit between pups when they eat.

Sorry, no pics of these. I haven't figured out how to be above them, etc. to get patterns to come out in pics. Basically, I just figure a cardigan will be far more suited to many situations and a 2 yarn garment goes outside over all or in between top and jacket often. I also graft and reduce the amount of hand sewing to a wee little minimum.

I also sew, but not hand sewing. Hand sewing is not my thing. I take many steps to avoid hand sewing. While I have done what were work clothes for my type of employment, most of those I got rid of. Every day is my style of jeans in commander fabric and usually a boughten top. Tee shirt cotton is so practical. I've done tailored shirts, but the bought cotton knits are reality.

What's attached is version 5.0 of a jacket for many things. Versions 1 - 4 were all in ripstop nylon and all are strictly home or camping grubbies. Version 5.0 is in commander and 3 layers. The hood idea is swiped from an anorak from the early 70s. It is completely my design. The shoulder patch is by a friend who does that kind of sewing. You can see 4 pockets, but there are 6 with two inside front. A pair of jeans, also in commander, is folded up on the jacket. 4 pockets there and trad. waistline, too, natch.

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Re: Alpacas on the Port au Port Peninsula, NL

Unread postby Limey on Tue Nov 25, 2008 7:11 pm

Neat! :)
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