So last summer, my business partner Roo of Moonwood Farm & I formed Alpaca Fiber Solutions Inc We were getting so many requests for teaching dyeing and carding classes, and we were helping each other so much that it made more sense to do it all under one umbrella. That's when the fun began. We started booking class dates with different alpaca shows & farms left and right. We were on the road almost non stop from August of last year though till now. We have been teaching dyeing, carding, spinning and weaving to tons of alpaca owners and enthusiasts across the eastern side of the United States. We have gotten to meet lots of fun people and share our true passion for fiber with lots of folks. Currently as of August of 2013, we are booking dates into June of 2014, so business is good. This year we have been on the road 3 out of 4 weekends of most months. It has led to lots of long drives, and new opportunities.
So going onto those new opportunities, Alpaca Fiber Solutions now has a herd of alpacas that are boarding at Spotted Circus now also. Roo & I co-own all of these animals together, and have been given some amazing opportunities to get some awesome animals. We did manage to buy a female at auction in January of this year at the Priority Auction in Las Vegas. It was probably funny to watch us, because we didn't decide to bid til she was up and selling, and we were sitting there trying to figure out how much was in our accounts to see if we could afford the down payment. We shocked a few people when we bought her, most of all ourselves, but she was too amazing of animal to pass up. The current total of animals are, Spottedcircus 3male alpacas, 1 male llama, 2 female llamas, and 2 bred female alpacas. Alpaca Fiber Solutions has: 3 male alpacas, and 2 bred female alpacas. One of Alpaca Fiber Solutions males is MAM Peruvian Captain America. He is a stunning Snowmass lineage boy that we have started breeding with and is standing at stud at our farm.
It has been a busy but fun year of fiber. With me losing my job in March of this year, I'm now doing fiber related things full time. Its a little tight financially right now, but its something I truly love to do, and will hopefully start to bring in more money as the business gets established.
So onto photos of all the new critters :)
New Spotted Circus Animals!!
Our first new girls, are 2 beautiful female llamas that when they mature will be bred to Mr Speckles. Maggie Mae is an adorable little rose grey & white Suri llama, and Dreams is a grey and white Silky llama. They are both sweet and inquisitive like Mr Speckles, and their fiber is gorgeous.