Fiber Arts Friday – NEW Mother-Daughter Suri Alpaca Yarn

It is Fiber Arts Friday, leave a comment and share what you’ve been working on this week!  I just listed this yarn in the Farm Store.  It is a fingering weight yarn and made of 100% suri alpaca.

Black & Brown Suri Alpaca Yarn

In fact, it is made from two suri alpacas that live on our farm, a mother-daughter team … Mayflower and Mabelle!

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Mayflower

This is Mayflower.  While many of our alpacas have been born on our farm, we bought Mayflower in Kentucky at an alpaca show, then took her into the show ring and walked out with First Place and Championship ribbons!  We were thrilled!  She had quite a bit of brown at the time, but as her fiber has grown, it has turned jet black!

Mabelle is her daughter.  She is our farm greeter, the friendly sort, part of what makes alpacas so enjoyable.  Mother does not have that same disposition, she stresses easily, and really prefers to not be touched at all.  Mabelle’s brothers before her, Nightrider and Oliver Twist, had personalities just like hers.

Black & Brown Suri Alpaca Yarn

Plied together, the mother-daughter team makes a very lovely, soft, drapey yarn.

Black & Brown Suri Alpaca Yarn

The decision now, is what to make with it?

Black & Brown Suri Alpaca Yarn

Here are some FREE Ravelry patterns I found that I think would work nicely …

Black & Brown Suri Alpaca Yarn

Springtime Bandit – Neck/Torso Scarf by Kate Gagnon Osborn

Swallowtail Shawl – Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark

Fetching – Fingerless Gloves/Mitts by Cheryl Niamath

Multnomah – Shawl by Kate Flagg

Campfire Socks – by Jacquelynn Vance-Kuss

Old Shale Scarf by Tiennie

Have a pattern for this yarn you want to share?  Leave a comment …

Fiber Arts Friday – A Dainty Little Alpaca Hat

Just finished crocheting this hat!

Hand-Crocheted Alpaca Hat

It is a pattern I use frequently but still manage many different looks depending on the yarn I use. In this case I used some of my hand-spun alpaca, then a few rows of bamboo yarn, a few rows of an alpaca and wool combo, and then some of my Worsted Weight Alpaca Yarn.  It is a great way to use up small amounts of yarn left from other projects.

The pattern is a FREE one I found on Ravelry … if you haven’t checked out Ravelry yet you will want to!  It is a free site for knitters, crocheters, and other fiber lovers…a place to organize your projects, your stash, find patterns, people, get help with projects and more!

Hand-Crocheted Alpaca Hat Close-up

I usually do some improvising on the pattern and in this case added a scalloped edge and flower, gives it a dainty look don’t you think?

 

 

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