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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!

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.

License Plate Art by Local Artisan Sneaky Pete

Amigami is proud to present an awesome line of home décor designed by local artisan ‘Sneaky Pete.’   These decorative trays are crafted from authentic state license plates, which are folded and shaped into incredibly durable pieces of functional art that will last a lifetime.  These plates used have all been obtained legally (of course) and feature a myriad of designs, including Florida’s Miami Dolphins’ motif and West Virginia’s Purple Heart commemorative design.  These trays stand at 2.5 inches tall and all measure around 5.75″ x 4.75,” and feature a strong & stable structure capable of handling anything – from candy to spare screws, or even ashes!

Completely one-of-a-kind, these trays are a great addition to any auto-themed décor, or as the perfect gift for your favorite gear head.  Visit the Amigami Etsy store to purchase yours while they last!

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.

Patchwork Purses Handmade by Autumn

Amigami is proud to present a new line of brilliant patchwork purses, handmade by local artist Autumn Bender!  These totes are the ultimate in shabby chic, featuring colorful patterns and an over-sized design that makes them a truly one-of-a-kind fashion statement.  Designed and sewn by Autumn, these bags are completely eco-friendly — constructed from 100% re-purposed fabric.

The first available is a large satchel made primarily of warm-toned upholstery fabric, with a soft blue contrasting daisy-inspired liner and five gorgeous floral accents.  I adore the color scheme — the beige & rusty tones of the bag’s body makes the floral design pop off the canvas, bringing the whole purse together.

The second has become known as the “Green Apple” purse,  and is constructed from (you guessed it!) the upper portion of a pair of grass green corduroy pants. This bag retains its original belt loops, four fully functioning pockets, and even an additional zipper pocket for the fly!  But what really makes this bag special is the pair of patchwork apple trees which really add a whimsical flair to the purse’s overall design.  Lined by royal purple paisleys, and finished with sandstone-colored dual straps, this bag is a total eye-catcher.

With their large size and durability, either of these bags would be perfect for travel, a day at the pool or beach, or even everyday living.  Both of these purses are currently for sale in my Etsy shop, and Autumn is hard at work, so keep watching for more one-of-a-kind designs!


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