Thursday, June 21, 2007

Getting ready for Michigan Fiber Festival














This is what I have been doing in my kitchen for the last few days. Definitely not cooking. I hate to cook! I'm going through bags and bags of roving deciding what I want to get ready for the Michigan Fiber Festival. I couldn't decide how I wanted to present the roving. Leaving it in the plastic bags and weighing up for people doesn't seem very professional so I came up with this process.
First I weigh out the roving into 1 or 2 ounce piles (I always add a little more), then wind it around pegs on my warping board. The pictures that you see happen to be the 1 ounce samples. Cary suggested that I do 1 ounce samples for folks to try. Sure appreciate her advice since I have only done a walk through at a fiberfest once in my life and don't really know what I'm getting ready for. Anyway...... then I am wrapping the sample with a label featuring a picture of the alpaca that I printed up on cardstock on my computer. I think I will price these small samples at $4 a ball? bump? wrap?, and offer a mix and match at 4 for $12.
So far I have wrapped 73 2 ounce samples and 32 1 ounce samples. Goes fast because I can do it on my bar dividing the living room and kitchen, allowing me to visit or watch television.
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Anyone interested in the breeding that is supposed to be going on in the barn -Ariana almost cushed (cush, meaning kneeling on all 4s) this a.m. She was interested but wouldn't stay down. I'm trying to be patient.

4 comments:

Peggy said...

The balls, bumps, wraps (?) look wonderful. I've yet to spin the fiber I got from you. Although I do get it out and love on it ever so often. Why is there never enough time? I'm glad to hear that the "cushing" is going on. :)

Isis said...

Maple that is a good idea to do 1 to 2 oz for a try basis. Now is the 4 for $12.00 is that 1 once each or 2 oz each. that seems to be a good price for 4.

Your little guys looks really great. I'm going to visit my mother in law next week and we are going to visit a friend of mine that have alpacas.

Isis
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Lisa said...

I like how you have wrapped them into samples. That should be a great way for people to try your fiber, even if they don't have a lot of extra money. I will definitely look you up at the festival.

Liz said...

I think the fiber looks wonderful as well. Makes me want to try spinning some alpaca.

And I will also be going to the Fiber Festival so I will probably see you there. :)

Map