Wednesday, June 11, 2014
|Fancy Kitty Front View|
|Fancy Kitty Side View|
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
I found an inexpensive way to dry my alpaca wool, using PVC pipes, and some burlap cloth in which I've made a stand to place my wool to dry out in the sun, and it's working wonderfully. I love that I can just take it apart and store away for the next batch of wool. Here you see a picture of some baby alpaca in white and black wool which I've wash with some Kookaburra Delicate wool wash, it makes the wool smell lovely, not to mention the affect it has from drying out in the sun, which brings out the natural Tea Tree and Lavender oils scent to full bloom. It 's so light and soft that once it's completely dry, I must quickly remove or a light wind will blow them all over the place
(Ask me how I know?)
I must keep an eye out for birds as well, they seem to love alpaca wool to build into their nests, I've seen several nest around my yard nicely engineered with intertwining of Spanish moss, wool and twigs. Birds are so creative.
I am so looking forward to carding this and spinning up some lovely lace yarn , hopefully for some beautiful Estonia shawls.
Carding you ask? I will explain in the next blog what a carder is, and perhaps have pictures if my new carder is here in time. Happy Knitting, Spinning or what ever hobbies you enjoy.
|Check out the Stand I made from PVC pipes.|
|Alpaca drying in the sun.|
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
|So slim after being sheared|
I was there to help the farmer catch them and lead them to be sheared. For my help I got these in return.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Here are the view of my completed Central Park Hoodie. As I mention before I had to use two different shades of yarn. So What do you think? It really does not look too bad with a pair of Jean. I think I will try again and this time I will have enough yarn to complete project.
Monday, February 10, 2014
I found a local Alpaca farmer who gave me four bags of the most lovely alpaca wool. Yes gave me as in "FREE". He mostly deals with the selling of the Alpaca's and was not heavily invested in selling the wool. So he had tons of it and would give it away to anyone who was interested. I love to spin and one of my favorite wool to spin is Alpaca. It's silky soft and has no grease. Sheep wool has lanolin in it, which is great for the hands but not for spinning wheels.
So I spun up some wool and knitted this for the Farmer's wife as a "Thank you", for this lovely wool. I hope she likes it.