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Wheeling Moose Crawl and Halloween Party!

The Wheeling Moose has been hosting a plethora of ultra-exciting events as of late, and I’ve been attempting to chronicle these occasions for the fledgling Wheeling Moose Lodge web page.  Here I’ve posted the photos of both the Moose Crawl and Halloween party, for your viewing pleasure.  Please feel free to leave comments and share your rendition of these wonderful events!

Click Here for the First Annual Wheeling Moose Crawl!

Click Here for the 2010 Halloween Party!

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Over 1 TON of Alpaca Fiber For Online Auction – Ends Thursday!

Local Frio Auction Service recently acquisitioned over one ton of various grades and color of alpaca fleece due to the closure of a regional fiber mill.  Over the last few weeks, my partner and I have been helping Frio Auction Service in sorting and cataloging this fleece to prepare it for auction.  Online bidding has already started, and if you would like to check out the lots or place a bid, please click here. The online auction will be complemented by a live auction taking place at 5 pm Thursday on 16th St. in downtown Wheeling.  All of the lots already have bids, and this may be the first exclusively fiber auction ever (or at least for this region), so make sure to check it out!

Diagram for Year-Round Fiber Management

Anyone who regularly peruses my site knows I am a friend to the alpaca.  To this end, I have recently been assisting my partner (a true alpaca guru) in developing a series of lectures & workshops dedicated to improving the consistency of the spring fiber harvest.  While he’s been busy formulating the actual concepts, I’ve been charged with designing a series of teaching aids to clarify his major points.

This diagram is meant to be used as a sort of calendar of farm management, while taking into consideration all the major components of producing & selling the highest quality fiber possible.  Although it may seem a bit complex at first glance, the diagram’s basic emphasis is centered on completing the various management components bit by bit throughout the year (rather than everything within a few days).

"Fiber Cultivation & Organization" at the 2010 WV Fiber Festival

Ramon first debuted his lecture last month at the 1st Annual West Virginia “Wild ‘n’ Wooly” Fiber Festival (which by the way was a WONDERFUL event – thank you David, Judy & all the others who worked so hard to make this event a success!)  and we hope to continue this series at festivals and alpaca shows throughout the region.  Additionally, we hope to have videos of the seminars online in the near future, but for now, if you’d like more information on alpaca farm & fiber management, please contact my partner Ramon at DragonShearer@gmail.com.

Pizza Express & Moose Lodge #2621

Amigami is currently hard at work on several web design projects for local businesses & organizations.  At this moment we’re developing the website graphics & formatting, and will definitely post the URLs as soon as the sites are live.

The first business is a local restaurant, Pizza Express, whom I’ve worked with before in developing a logo for their new line of frozen pizza.  Pizza Express is a great example of a successful local business, their food is terrific, and I’m so happy to be working with them.  We will be creating a new and improved storefront website, as well as a page for their frozen pizza line, Oven Sensations.

Additionally, I’ve been appointed as Webmaster for the Wheeling, WV Moose Lodge.  The Loyal Order of the Moose is an international fraternal organization, much like the Lions or Eagles, with a focus on family and community service.  Although the Wheeling Moose is a tight-knit community, they’ve decided to join the online realm in order to stay connected with other Moose lodges & chapters and let the public see all the great activities they’re involved in.

I firmly believe in the idea of local businesses & communities supporting one another, and offering my graphic & web design capabilities as a service is just one way of making that idea a reality.  If you or someone you know would like to discuss similar web design projects, please contact Amigami for a consultation.

Local News Visits Rancho Chico Alpacas

After all of the attention the alpaca ambassadors received at the Wheeling Moose Steak Fry, local news station WTRF visited Rancho Chico to do a story on the whole ranch!  Newswoman Leigh Ann Towne was fascinated by the alpacas at the steak fry, and was overjoyed by the idea of covering the ranch in her Everybody Has a Story segment on the nightly news.  I’m glad to have helped set up this interview, and I hope everyone involved had a fun time during filming (despite the heat).

To watch the WTRF news segment and read the article, Click Here!

2 Tone Suri Alpaca Beanie – 100% Handmade, From Cut To Crochet

This is hopefully only the first of many in a very special series of crochet work.  My partner Ramon travels the countryside each spring shearing alpacas, and a few weeks ago he returned with some of the fruits of his labor.

Mother Rasha & cria Morningstar, donors for the White fiber in this hat!

Amongst his clients is Vision Acres Ranch of Berkeley Country, West Virginia.  After the 2009 shearing season, Judy of Vision Acres began processing this high-quality alpaca fiber into exquisite hand-spun dual-toned yarn.  And it’s not just the dual coloring which makes this yarn unique – it is composed of 100% Suri Alpaca fiber.

Herdsire Scimitar (a.k.a. "Sam") contributed the brown yarn for this hat!

Suris, unlike their more popular fluffy Huacaya counterparts, feature fiber which forms natural locks, giving the final product an altogether different consistency and feel than your standard alpaca fiber.  Thank you to the Judy & everyone at Vision Ares Ranch for caring for these beautiful animals & creating the yarn, as well as to Ramon for shearing the alpacas and for bringing me spoils.

The hat is created using a modified version of a stylish beanie pattern I found in the Ravelry databases.  Unbelievably soft & warm, it’s also extremely breathable, making this hat a great year-round accessory.  Accented by a large natural-colored button I found in my mother’s vintage sewing supplies, this luxurious hat has certainly been given the personal touch from start to finish.

Remembering Senator Robert C. Byrd

R.I.P. 1917 - 2010

West Virginia takes a statewide pause today to commemorate the passing of our greatest advocate.  Senator Byrd dedicated his career and life towards making this great state a  better place for each and every citizen.  For 52 years he fought for us — my mother’s whole life (not to mention my own).  Both economically and socially, he always ensured West Virginia would not be forgotten.  Senator Byrd was loved by all West Virginians, regardless of status or standpoint.  His passing leaves a great void in the soul of this state, but his memory will live on for generations, in the hearts & minds of all those whose lives his good works touched. My condolences to the entire Byrd family — my heart goes out to you as I know his went out to all of us.



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