Steeking strikes fear in the most advanced knitters! Cut my work? Are you crazy? It really isn’t as scary as you think IF you prepare and reinforce your work before cutting. It’s best to steek non-superwashed fibers, but you can successfully steek superwashed wool if you use a machine or hand-sewed reinforcement. Why steek? So … More EEK! Steeking
I planned to release this for the 2020 NJ Wool Walk, but since the Wool Walk is postponed, I decided to release it now. It is a free pattern, made from 3 skeins of DK. It is an asymmetrical, boomerang type shawl with no purling involved. It is easy enough for a beginner, but also … More New Free Pattern – "HINDSIGHT"
How to stitch our way through COVID-19. … More Welcome to the Alpaca-lypse – here’s a free pattern…
Here is some pics of the finished yarn. Brandy was spun thin and even. Rosalita was spun thick and thin and with some bumps. Together it makes quite an interested finished product. I love the way it turned out! Next time . . . the finished cowl
Step 7 – Prepping the fleece (continued) Now onto prepping Rosalita’s fleece. After the fleece has dried thoroughly (fiber tools don’t like wet fleece), we start the real work 🙂 Washed Fleece (Rosalita) before combing Rosalia’s fleece needed to be combed to remove as much VM as possible. Any of those of you that spin know … More Alpaca Cowl – Part 3 (Still in the fiber studio)
Now that the craziness of the holidays have subsided, I thought I would do another series on creating a garment out of alpaca fiber. This is a garment that is being made for my Adopt-a-paca™ program. This cowl is being lovingly created for Heather and will be completely processed in my studio by me. In … More Adopt-a-paca™ – Alpaca Cowl – Part 1 (In the barn)
Finally have time to get back and finish my series in how an alpaca (or any fiber) goes from growing it to a garment. If you did not read Part 1 of the series — here it is. I have already discussed:– Shearing– Skirting/Sorting/Grading the fiber– Washing– Prepping the fiber (we combed the fiber in … More Dante’s Scarf – Part 2