Friday, 29 January 2010

Sheer Heaven

The resident alpacas (Minnie, Moira, Pelachuta - adults and Ambrosia - baby; Autumn was not yet old enough) were shorn last June and resulted in three full fleeces and a bundle of fluff from Ambrosia.

Of these fleeces, I washed some for spinning, and some for felting. Some was dyed also, to give variety to my early projects. With a drum carder, some of the saddle fleece was processed for spinning ~ I took a day long spinning course in winter and with my recently aquired spinning wheel, my technique is coming on well.

From this spinning, my first balls of wool were plied, and were promptly sent off to my sister - an expert knitter. The first product was born - a beautiful fawn and white tea cosy!

Friday, 1 January 2010

Welcome Along...

I'm Mrs. Smallholder - you may have heard about me throgh the criticaly acclaimed 'Apple Vale Alpacas' blog : From 'paca to product, a.p.p.l.e follows my journey aquiring the skills needed to turn this highly-regarded fibre into useful and desirable products.