Alpaca Gloves Proudly Made in the U.S.A.

Brian Schieber and his staff at Choice Alpaca Products in La Jolla, California have achieved a long sought after goal that has been eight years in the making.  They are producing USA made work and driving gloves, using alpaca fleece grown by alpacas raised in the United States of America!  We are proud to offer them in both The Farm Store online and in The Fiber Studio at our farm.
Alpaca Filled Cowhide Leather Gloves - Made in the USA - See more at: http://alpacameadows.com/the-farm-store/#!/Alpaca-Filled-Cowhide-Leather-Gloves-Made-in-the-USA/p/43811343/category=427384

Alpaca Filled Cowhide Leather Gloves

The first shipment they received was their Alpaca Filled Cowhide Leather Gloves, a heavy tan alpaca lined work glove.
Alpaca Filled Buckskin Leather Gloves

Alpaca Filled Buckskin Leather Gloves

The next batch was their Alpaca Filled Buckskin Leather Gloves which are black and are a more supple driving glove.
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 Much time was spent developing, and many pieces were necessary to make this project come together, and it all happened in the USA!
The production of these USA made alpaca filled gloves involves a number of people. The alpaca glove lining is created by Mary Licklider of Heartfelt, LLC, in Columbia, Missouri.
Mary and a group of dedicated alpaca farmers and fiber artists, use their FeltLOOM machine to make the felted alpaca that gets sandwiched between the satin lining and the outer covering.
The alpaca felt  is then sent to MidWest Quality Gloves, Inc. of Chillicothe, Missouri just two hours away.  MidWest, in business since the 1930’s, prides itself in being the largest U.S. producer of leather work gloves.  Many prototypes and combinations were tried to get to the finished quality product.
Your purchase of these gloves support American alpaca farms and small businesses. Enjoy the unique qualities and quality of these USA make alpaca lined gloves!
ALPACA DREAMS CAN COME TRUE!

FREE Crochet Pattern – Graceful Shell Shawl

This is a great shawl to keep your shoulders warm whether you wear it to dress up with, or dress down.  I used one of our Astral yarns by The Alpaca Yarn Company, a blend of alpaca, wool, and tencel.  The color I chose is Aquarius.

Graceful Shell Shawl - Astral Yarn

This pattern was designed by Tammy Hildebrand for Red Heart.

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The photo session that followed was almost as fun as crocheting the shawl!

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Ariella takes a closer look!

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HOOK

 6.5mm (US K-10½)

MATERIALS

Astral Yarn – 3 skeins (took about 467 yards)

PATTERN NOTES

Roughly 18 inches long and 136 inches from one end of bottom edge to the other.
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DIRECTIONS

 Special Stitches cl = cluster: [yo, insert hook in indicated st or space, pull up loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook.

shell: (cl, ch 6, dc in 6th ch from hook, cl) in indicated st or space.

inc-shell = increase shell: (shell, ch 6, dc in 6th ch from hook, cl) in indicated st or space.

SHAWL

Row 1 (Right Side): Ch 53; shell in 4th ch from hook (beginning ch counts as first dc), *[skip next 3 ch, shell in next ch] 2 times, skip next 3 ch, inc-shell in next ch, [skip next 3 ch, shell in next ch] 2 times, skip next 3 ch*, (shell, ch 6, dc in 6th ch from hook, shell) in next ch (2 increases made); repeat from * to *, shell in next ch, dc in last ch, turn—30 clusters and 2 dc.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), inc-shell in next ch-6 space, shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, shell in next 3 ch-6 spaces, (shell, ch 6, dc in 6th ch from hook, shell) in next ch-6 space, shell in next 3 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, inc shell in next ch-6 space, dc in top of turning ch, turn—42 clusters and 2 dc.

Row 3: Ch 3, inc-shell in next ch-6 sp, shell in next 5 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, shell in next 11 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, shell in next 5 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, dc in top of turning ch, turn—54 clusters and 2 dc.

Row 4: Ch 3, [inc-shell in next ch-6 sp, shell in next 6 ch-6 spaces] 2 times, (shell, ch 6, dc in 6th ch from hook, shell) in next ch-6 sp, [shell in next 6 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next ch-6 space] 2 times, dc in top of turning ch, turn—64 clusters and 2 dc.

Row 5: Ch 3, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, shell in each ch-6 space across to last ch-6 space, inc-shell in last ch-6 space, dc in top of turning ch, turn—72 clusters and 2 dc.

Row 6: Ch 3, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, shell in next 7 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, shell in next 8 ch-6 spaces, (shell, ch 6, dc in 6th ch from hook, shell) in next ch-6 space, shell in next 8 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, shell in next 7 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, dc in top of turning ch, turn—82 clusters and 2 dc.

Row 7: Ch 3, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, shell in next 9 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, shell in next 21 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, shell in next 9 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, dc in top of turning ch, turn—96 clusters and 2 dc.

Row 8: Ch 3, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, shell in next 11 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, shell in next 11 ch-6 spaces, (shell, ch 6, dc in 6th ch from hook, shell) in next ch-6 space, shell in next 11 ch-6 spaces, inc- shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, shell in next 11 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, dc in top of turning ch—110 clusters and 2 dc.

Row 9: Ch 3, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, shell in next 13 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, shell in next 27 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next 2 ch-6 spaces, shell in next 13 ch-6 spaces, inc-shell in next ch-6 space, dc in top of turning ch, turn—124 clusters and 2 dc. Do not fasten off.

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Edging Row 1: Ch 1, working in ends of rows across side edge, work 2 sc in end of each row; working in free loops across bottom of foundation ch, sc in each ch across; working in ends of rows across other side edge, work 2 sc in end of each row. Fasten off.

FINISHING

Weave in ends.

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If you’d like to purchase this shawl, click here.

FREE Crochet Pattern – Oval Rug

This super soft rug is made from our own Alpaca Rug Yarn, and here is the pattern!

Oval Alpaca Rug

HOOK

Size “S” Crochet Hook

MATERIALS

150 Yards of Alpaca Rug Yarn

PATTERN NOTES

Finished Size is 45″ long by 24″ wide.

Increasing:  Increases start on the second round and are made by crocheting 2 sc  in the same stitch.
 

Oval Alpaca Rug

DIRECTIONS

Chain 21.

Round 1 – Begin in 2nd ch from hook and sc 40 around the chain (20 sc on each side of ch).

Round 2 – Sc around, increasing twice at each end.

Round 3 – Sc around, increasing 3 times at each end.

Round 4 -11  – Sc around, increasing only at ends, and only as required to keep rug flat. If rug begins to curl, add more increases at ends. Try not to increase at same places in succeeding rounds to avoid forming an undesirable pattern.

Larger rug: Keep adding rounds until you have the width and length you desire.

Work a slip stitch over last row for a more finished looking edge.

To Change Colors: Cut the yarn, leaving a 3″ length, and slip this through the back of the next stitch. Turn rug around about half way and start with the new color. Continue to sc around as before, and when you come to the 3″ length of the previous color, carry it in with the new color. This manner of joining colors will give complete and even rows. (Do not start a new color at point where you break off old color.)

Oval Alpaca Rug Close-Up

 

Be sure to see other FREE patterns for our Alpaca Rug Yarn:

Circular Rug

Rug Yarn Purses

FREE Knitting Pattern – Suri Art Yarn Cowl

Inspired by Ashley Martineau’s pattern and free video, I’ve created this cowl out of my own hand spun Suri Art Yarn.  Though the bulky, very textured yarn is a bit of a challenge, the results were well worth it!

Suri Art Yarn Cowl

NEEDLE

Circular 16″ Needles US Size 15 – 10.0 mm

MATERIALS

50 Yards of Hand Spun Suri Art Yarn

PATTERN NOTES

Roughly 30 inches around at neck edge, 8 inches wide, and 38 inches around bottom edge depending on how loosely or tightly you knit.

 

DIRECTIONS

 Make a Slip Knot, then cast on 30 stitches.  Knit in the round using the double elongated stitch until you’re reached the desired length.  Bind off loosely.

Very simple!

Fasten off, and weave in ends.

 

FREE Crochet Pattern – Basic Chunky Cowl

Super easy, quick too, with our Snuggle yarn and a large crochet hook!  For this cowl, I used Plethora of Pinks colorway.

Basic Chunky Cowl

HOOK

US Size 9.0 mm (M/N) Hook

MATERIALS

2 skeins of Snuggle yarn (took about 137 yards)

PATTERN NOTES

Roughly 48 inches around and 8 inches wide, depending on how loosely or tightly you crochet.

DIRECTIONS

 Make a Slip Knot, then crochet 95 Chains.  (With a 12mm crochet hook, crochet 55 and with a 10mm crochet hook chain 81.)

Row 1~ Chain 3, skip one stitch, then hdc into the following stitch (5th Stitch). *Chain 1, skip one stitch, then crochet a hdc into the next stitch.* Repeat from the * mark all across, making sure to end with a hdc into the last Chain.
Row 2~ Chain 2, then hdc into the Chain one space. *Chain 1, skip one stitch, then crochet a hdc into the next Chain one space.* Repeat from the* mark all across, making sure to end with a hdc into the top of the 3 Chains you made in the previous row.
Row 3 – 13~ Chain 2, then hdc into the Chain one space. *Chain 1, skip one stitch, then crochet a hdc into the next Chain one space.* Repeat from the* mark all across, making sure to end with a hdc into the top of the 2 Chains you made in the previous row.

When you’ve completed all the rows, connect the two ends of the scarf together to create a circle. Add half a twist before Slip Stitching the two ends together.

Fasten off, and weave in ends.

Basic Chunky Cowl

Pattern adapted from a free pattern by Hopeful Honey!  Her pattern calls for a bigger hook, which I may try next time and the finished dimension of her cowl is 14″ wide.

Picnic in Alpaca Pasture is Highlight of Farm Tour

 A group of gals from Columbus, Ohio came for a Farm Tour over the weekend.  They had asked if they could bring their lunch, then do a Drop Spindle Class in the afternoon.  Though they enjoyed learning to spin, and they enjoyed shopping in The Fiber Studio, their picnic in the alpaca pasture was the highlight!

Picnic in the Pasture

When given some options where they could have their lunch, they opted for in the pasture under a shade tree.

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What a spread they had … they were very kind and invited me to join them!

Picnic in Pasture is Highlight of Farm Tour

Mabelle, Martha, and our guard llama, Silver Beauty ventured over to the picnic spot to see what was going on.

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Before long, curiosity got the best of some of our other girls and they ventured over to check out who was in their pasture.

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Having been a little disappointed during the tour that our alpacas were not more social, our guests were now getting undivided attention.

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I thought they might end up having to share their lunch with their new fiber friends.

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 That is what “Miss Miami” was hoping!

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Lunch in the pasture after a Farm Tour was definitely a first, and very much enjoyed by our guests!

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See it live!  Watch it on YouTube.

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Little Martha enjoyed some lunch too!

How to Make an Alpaca Fiber Wreath

I try to find a use for every grade of alpaca fiber, even short fiber or more robust fiber from older alpacas.   Alpaca Fiber Wreaths are my latest idea.  Find out how!

Peacock

Recently I had a special order for one of these wreaths and the customer wanted “peacock colors”.

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I started by gathering together small amounts of my previously dyed fiber, in colors that I thought resembled a peacock.

Grapevine Wreath

I used both huacaya and suri fiber.  The huacaya was a good filler, as well as added color.  The suri added color in wisps and curls.

Dipping Fiber in Glue

Using glue in a shallow plastic dish, I dipped small bunches of fiber into the glue.

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With a nail punch (any pokey thing would work, a pencil for instance), I poked the fiber down into the grapevine wreath.  Very easy to make!

Suri Fiber Wreath

 Voila’, the finished project!

FREE Crochet Pattern – Cluster Headband with Daisy

I love the texture of the clusters in this simple headband crochet pattern, and think it is lovely made of our Astral yarn, which has just such a beautiful sheen to it.

Silky Alpaca Headband

The pattern is a FREE one, that I found on a blog called Flower Girl Cottage and will share with you here.

Silky Alpaca Headband Closeup

HOOK

US Size G Hook

MATERIALS

1 skein of Astral yarn (took about 100 yards)

PATTERN NOTES

Note: This band is approx. 5″ wide to adjust size, adjust foundation chain in multiples of 4

DIRECTIONS

Row 1: Chain 20, (dc, chain 2, sc) in 4th chain from the hook, skip 3 chains, 2 dc in next sc, chain 2, sc in the next sc: repeat 3 more times; (last one) skip 3 chains, (2dc, chain 2, sc) in the last stitch.

Row 2: Chain 2, (dc, chain 2, sc) in the chain 2 space, *(2dc, chain 2, sc) into chain 2 sp*(repeat from* to * 4 times) for 5 total cluster stitches.

Repeat Row 2 until Strip Measures 18”.  Join by slip stitching ends together or sew together with yarn needle. Weave in ends.

FIVE PETAL DAISY CROCHET PATTERN

Daisy Crochet Pattern

HOOK

US Size G Hook

MATERIALS

1 skein of Astral yarn (about 15 yards)

PATTERN NOTES

To work the 4x Crochet Stitch, add one more stitch to a regular triple crochet stitch in the middle or at the end.

DIRECTIONS

Crochet 10 sc into Magic Circle, join with slip stitch.

Petal Cluster:  Working in the same joining slip stitch, chain 3, work a 4x Crochet Stitch 3 times, chain 3, slip stitch all into the same stitch.

Skip 1 sc, ss and repeat the petal cluster 4 times.  End last petal with slip stitch.

Flower Center:  Ch 15, trim the ends of chain stitch string.

Twirl the chain stitch string into a circle and use fabric glue or hot glue to place in the center of flower

 

Astral Yarn - Libra

  ASTRAL YARN

 The Astral yarn used for this headband is a heavenly blend of 30% Alpaca, 20% Wool, and 50% Tencel with incredible luster.  The DK-weight yarn combines Alpaca and Merino wool to create body and softness, while the Tencel produces a lovely drape as well as adding durability and strength.  There are currently 15 rich shades of Astral.  The one used for this headband is called Libra.

Enjoy!

Spring Open House 2014

We had more families with children at our Spring Open House than we’ve probably ever had.  Fortunately I remembered to take some pictures, especially of kids and alpacas!  Gentle and curious by nature, alpacas respond  very well to children.  Kids got a chance to pet the alpacas and walk Sunscape, one of our Spring babies born last year, just shy of her first birthday.

Kids and Alpacas

We had neighbors we had never met stop by to see what was going on.  Others planned their visit intentionally to learn more about alpacas and what we do with their fiber.  Visitors saw spinning demonstrations throughout the weekend in The Fiber Studio and took advantage of our Spring specials.   Stacy Swesey was the winner of our drawing for a FREE pair of Alpaca Socks, congratulations Stacy!  We enjoyed two awesome days of beautiful weather … thank you to all who visited!

Schedule an Alpaca Farm Tour at Alpaca Meadows

If you’d like to visit our farm with your school, your scout troop, 4-H Club, civic organization, Garden Club, Mother’s Club, guild, family, or group of friends, find out about scheduling an Alpaca Farm Tour.  If you would like to be keep abreast on what’s new at our farm, upcoming classes, new products, free patterns, and other fun stuff, click here.

Bunny Felting Class

 Enjoy pictures from the Bunny Felting Class held a few weeks ago in The Fiber Studio here at the farm!

Bunny Felting Class

The craft I was teaching is called needle felting.  This is the process of poking a special felting needle with barbs at the end of it,  into fiber, which agitates, compresses, and locks the scales of fiber together into a more dense mass of fiber, in this case a bunny rabbit!

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It is always fun to see how different each bunny turns out!

Bunny Felting Class - Jill's Bunny

One gal purchased roving and tools to take home and later added some color to her bunny!

Needle Felted Bunny - Sweet Pea

This is “Sweet Pea”, one of my bunnies.  See more of my needle felted one-of-a-kind creations here.

Purchase Felting Kits

Interested in learning to needle felt?  See the Class Schedule and register for a class!  Don’t live nearby or want to try felting on your own?  It is not difficult.  Felting kits are available in The Farm Store online and in The Fiber Studio at Alpaca Meadows.










 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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