From farm to yarn, it is all quite a process, and I’m happy to say it comes with great satisfaction! To raise the alpacas, and then be able to offer our very own Farm Yarn made from their fiber to knitters and crocheters and weavers to enjoy making things with it, just is pretty darn cool! Occasionally I’ll use it myself, but mostly save it for customers, because when it’s gone, well it’s gone. This is the case on a small alpaca farm that only harvests a limited amount of fiber each year from their herd, which makes if even more special. There many steps involved in processing alpaca fiber into yarn, which I plan to write about in future posts. When yarn finally arrives on our front porch, well it’s like Christmas!
We delivered three years worth of alpaca fiber to Stramba Farm and Fiber Mill in Wampum, PA. I shared with Terri that I’d like the huacaya spun into a worsted weight yarn, that I didn’t want all solid colors, and gave her “artistic license” to mix and match and blend. That she did, and the yarn she and her staff created is beautiful!