I recently posted some new fiber shots to the Howling Hill Farm Facebook page, and it occurred to me that I never even posted the OLD fiber shots to the 'blog. WHOOPS!
Well, admittedly, most of the old ones actually really sucked, so that isn't actually such a bad thing. I have found that I am woefully bad at taking "on-the-'paca" fiber shots. I can take decent ones of shorn fleeces. So, we'll start with the good ones (shorn) and move on from there.
First up is one of our "elite" white alpacas, Glacier Rock's Honey Bun. (I put the word "elite" in quotes, because it is a term that is poorly defined and that, therefore, I hesitate to even use -- but, that's a 'blog post for another day.) This is Honey Bun's first fleece. Her second fleece, which is still on her back at the moment, absolutely blew me away the other day at herd health, but the photos taken then came out absolutely crappy. I'm going to try again there.
For those who follow fiber stats, Honey Bun's 1st fleece came back with the following numbers: 15.6 AFD, 3.2 SD, 20.4% CV, 100% CF. If those currently sound like obscure sports statistics to you, fear not -- those arcane numbers will be covered in another 'blog post. Suffice it to say that in general, the lower the better for the first three, higher the better for the last, ideally 100 (so long as it is measured in "CF;" if it is "%>30," then again, you want as low as possible, ideally zero). This really, really fine.
This is Honey Bun's 3/4 sister, Princess Leia. ("Elite" fawn.) Hers is the exception to the rule. This 1st fleece shot might not look like much, but ... Wait for the 2nd one. 1st year shearing: 14.9 AFD / 3.0 SD / 20.4% CV / 100% CF. That's even finer than her sister.
This is the 2nd fleece of Hidden Hill Peruvian Vivace. Can you tell that we like brightness here? Vivace is also fawn, though much lighter and very different in color from the outside. Whether or not Vivace qualifies as "elite" is a topic for that other 'blog post, but she is a really nice alpaca. This year's stats: 19.2 AFD / 4.4 SD / 22.9% CV / 99.0% CF. Those aren't quite comparable to the others here, but I have the feeling that shearing number three might work to her favor, because I have a feeling she hasn't increased any in micron. How long they hold onto their fineness is at least as important as -- no, really it's more important than -- how fine they start out.
This is the topline fleece of Hidden Hill Present Perfect. Note that it, too, is fawn. The rest of her is not fawn. It is white. This is a very interesting pattern, very much like the dun pattern of horses, only very, very light.
Peach's 2nd year stats: 16.8 / 3.5 / 20.8 / 100.0. Do you sense a theme?
One more light fleece, and our first male fleece. This is the fleece of Hidden Hill Dually Noted. This is his first. It looks like it is on his back, but it isn't; this is a shorn fleece photo. If we choose to use the nebulous term "elite," this dude most assuredly qualifies. His first-year stats: 14.2 / 3.1 / 21.5% / 100.0% CF. Yep.
Now for the punchline. The following shots depict the fleece of one Que Sera's Kubota. Because the 'blog lags behind the Facebook page, he hasn't been properly introduced here yet, but that's okay. (I did fleece "teaser shots" for him on the Facebook page, anyway.) 'Bota is a true appaloosa. His dam was a harlequin grey who took a fleece championship at Great Western Alpaca Show -- THE biggest show in the western US. (She also took some blues at Empire and CNY, for what it's worth.) This dude will make grey. Pretty cool, huh?
Oh, and lest you think he is slouching in the actual numbers -- he isn't. First-year stats: 16.6 / 3.8 / 23.1 / 100% CF. I have this weird feeling that his 2nd-year stats are going to be pretty much the same.
That was a lot of photos, so I'll save the "on-the-back" shots for another post.
K writes this stuff, for some reason that has yet to become apparent.