Alpaca Fleece Frustration!
People, you are just making this WAY too easy for me. It's like you're Dorothy and I'm the Wicked Witch of Alpaca Fleece Oz and you keep walking up to my Flying Monkeys and asking them for a lift to my Castle!
Despite having been very Wicked and Cranky with you, in telling you that YOU
are responsible for educating YOURSELF
about your own Alpaca Fleece from YOUR OWN Alpacas,
Notably Here:Alpaca Fleece Reality Check
And pretty much all over MY WEBSITE
and this blog, you continue to imagine that I am Glinda the Good Witch of the Alpaca Fleece Oz and send me e-mails like this one (an actual e-mail I received this week):
Subject: alpaca fiber
On Saturday, March 6, 2010, 09:51 PM, NAME REMOVED
I'm interested in selling our raw fier (sic) from our farm we have anywhere from 60-70 animals at the farm at one time,so as now we have built up quite a bit of extra fiber,u have all colors but are now breeding for grey,and black.if u could contact me that would be greatNAME AND PHONE NUMBER REMOVED
So now I wave my wand over you while you click your shiny, red shoes together and what? Return you to the time when movies were black and white?, make munchkins show up at your alpaca farm and sort your fiber for you? magically buy all your alpaca fleece from you sight unseen?
Oops! My wand seems to be broken.
Uh Oh, Here it comes... my bicycle is getting lifted up in the tornado and I feel myself going all green-skinned and pointy-hatted, My Pretty. I am putting on my alpaca blend socks in the Wicked Witch colorway.
WHY do you own 60 - 70 alpacas and have NO PLAN for what to do with the END PRODUCT of your alpacas????!!!!
And, did the "BREEDER" you bought your initial alpacas from tell you that they don't use their alpaca fleece, but you bought from them anyway??!!
See, Dorothy DID steal those shoes from My sister, and WHY SHOULD
she be allowed to keep them just because she's CUTER than me and can sing like nobody's business?
Or, put in more black and white terms, Auntie Em and Uncle Henry didn't set up their farm and then expect someone else (that they did not even know!) to make a market for their pigs, and/or sell the pigs for them, while they just kept breeding pigs and never even ate one of their own, or knew how to slaughter it.
I'm sorry to be the Wicked Witch but someone
has to say it!
And, no, I won't be calling you. I sell an Alpaca Care DVD
that tells you how to shear your alpacas, and bag up your fleece, and take care of your alpacas. If you want one, you can call or e-mail me.
I don't sell other people's alpaca fleeces. Sorry. If I want to buy one, I have plenty of hand spinning, fiber artist, alpaca breeder, friends from whom I can buy one.
And, your little dog too!(Thanks to Cheer7780 for this Witch Icon!)
Administrator (Kate Perez)
Thanks for your kind and VERY FUNNY comment Bonnie! I hope you are enjoying your alpacas AND using the fleece. I am not sure which Wicked Witch pic you are referring too when you say, "I love your version", the one at the bottom of the blog post I lifted from another site (but gave credit) The poor kid in the witch costume on the top is my own daughter, way back when she was a witch for Halloween as a kid.
She would kill me if she knew that that witch photo is on my blog (she is now in college), but I love the cute/evil face she is making. And, really, we get so little use out of these children anyway, we might as well exploit their childhood photos.
If you comment again, please feel free to mention your alpaca farm name and website. I'm always interested in my reader's alpacas and farms too.
Kate, I have 30 alpacas and I want to ship all my raw unskirted alpaca fleece to you so you can handspin it for me for free so I can sell it and make boucou bucks from it! Or I can skirt it myself, I am, and send it to Cottage Mill with Craig Johnson, and he will process it into yarn and it will cost me shipping plus $25 per lbs for lovely yarn!
"Don't Make Me Send In The Flying Monkeys" and no, monkey picking your fleece is not hired out. See, Kate, they really just want you to send the monkeys to them to pick their fleeces clean...
I love your version of the Wicked Witch from Oz. That women has terrified me and given me nightmares my WHOLE LIFE!!!
Just post your rates and turnaround time for making their raw fleece into yarn for them. Honest, they won't bother you anymore!
Ms Bonnie, who doesn't own land but has 30 alpacas, honest, they were going to do all the work, even sell them for me.....
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