Homemade Hackles

Earlier this month I ran out of ready to spin fiber (quite the tragedy, I know). I ordered some more fiber online but it takes a good week to arrive, so I needed to figure out something else to tide me over. Unfortunately, the alpaca fiber I currently have in my stash has been washed... Continue Reading →

I Got to Shear an Alpaca

Back in November I went to an alpaca farm to help out with shearing. Shearing serves two purposes: to prepare the alpacas for the summer heat and to harvest the fleece. The fleece is graded as it is collected with higher quality fleece being set aside for making yarn. I spent most of the time... Continue Reading →

From Alpaca to Scarf

One of my big goals for my NZ trip was to create something from shearing to knitted project. I've just finished making a scarf from an alpaca that I helped shear, which ticks that off my list. As they say pics or it didn't happen so here's some pictures! First step, I needed to get some... Continue Reading →

First Spinning Attempts

One of the things I've been learning at Cuesta Alpaca is how to spin! I'll do another more in depth post on how spinning works once I'm done with my current project (I'm spinning some fleece from an alpaca that I got to help shear!), but for now I thought I would share some of my... Continue Reading →

Chillin’ with Alpacas

So this post is a bit over due... but I've been having fun with alpacas, so you'll have to forgive me! I've been helping out at Cuesta Alpaca for the past couple of weeks. One of my jobs has been to help look after and train their seven baby alpacas.  Yes, there are more than seven alpacas... Continue Reading →

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