Our Hand Knit Farm Animal Ornaments made with alpaca yarn are handcrafted by a company called Lucuma Designs, who team with artists and cottage industries in Peru and Costa Rica. Celebrating the beauty of everything handmade, seeking to benefit people and Mother Earth over making a profit, their love of nature and their traditions is inspiring. You can read their story here. Interestingly enough, people living at high elevations in the Andes mountains often had no access to trees or wood to carve toys, so they knitted their toys. It is said “On the shores of Lake Titicaca, on the frigid Andean mountain plateau at 12,500 feet above sea level, everyone is a master knitter.” The detail in these whimsical ornaments is remarkable.
Erin Gates of Lizzy Knits reached out to me and wondered if we might do some collaborating … so we did! She sent me some of her wonderful knitting patterns, and I sent her some of our alpaca yarn. We both agreed to promote each other and Erin has quite a following, so that is super exciting, and I am happy to team up with another small business owner! The first pattern I knit was Erin’s Tidal Beanie. I used our bulky weight Snuggle Yarn in the color Tan Heather, one skein will do it. I am very new to knitting cables and must say I’m a little less awkward than I was at first. I love the dimension and texture that cables add to a project. Of course, an Alpaca Pom Pom was the finishing touch!
We are now selling these adorable knit alpaca ornaments, handmade by a not-for-profit social enterprise called Global Goods Partners. GGP is is committed to providing sustainable jobs for women, and as stated on their website, they have tapped into the rich well of skill and artistry that is passed from one generation of women to the next.
Since GGP first launched in 2005, they have partnered with over 60 artisan groups in more than 20 countries throughout Asia, Africa and the Americas, helping to design and bring to market the fair trade, handcrafted products they produce. Each artisan earns reliable, fair living wages, and gains experience that can add benefit to all aspects of her life.
This knit hat is called Darn Knit Cable Hat and the design is by Aimee Pelletier. Aimee’s grandmother taught her to knit when she was a young girl. She put her knitting away for many years, and then according to Aimee, her Nan conned her into it again! She now owns her own yarn shop in Stillwater, Minnesota called Darn Knit Anyway. To see more of Aimee’s projects on Ravelry, click here.
Looking for a Spring knitting project? While cooler seasons are known to be the height of knitting and crocheting, many of us know that knitting and crochet season never really ends. With warmer temperatures, we might opt not to be covered in super bulky alpaca wool yarn, but rather enjoy lighter yarns and smaller projects. Today I wanted to share the Forget Not Mitt Knitting Kit with you, along with all the pretty color combinations available. The pictures below are from Ravelry, and all the fingerless mitts were made using this kit.
Surely it will be warm weather soon, and thoughts will turn to lighter weight yarn for knitting and crochet projects. I found this pretty shawl on Ravelry, knit by Lynn Fukutani, using Mariquita Yarn, a Fingering weight yarn, which is a luxurious blend of 50% Baby Alpaca and 50% Tencel.
Mariquita yarn has a subtle shine and a beautiful drape, and is the perfect choice for this lightweight, asymmetrical shawl.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an updated set of guidelines on wearing face coverings in public, including as the US struggles to fill a -driven demand for more personal protective equipment. If you love alpacas and llamas, like I do, you might enjoy checking out the alpaca and llama collection of face masks available. You can click on either the picture, or the link below the picture, to purchase!
Many other designs available too!
I do a small amount of affiliate marketing so if you purchase one of the items in this post, I do receive a small percentage of the sale, and I thank you, especially during these difficult times!
Flock Of Alpacas Pattern Cloth Face Maskcom
(A group of alpacas is actually referred to as a herd.)
We’ve been raising alpacas for quite a few years, and now suddenly they’ve become popular! They seem to be everywhere, and on everything. There are some darling knitting and crochet patterns for alpacas and llamas, as well as purses, backpacks, finger puppets, pillows, hats and mittens, shaped like or adorned with these magical creatures!
Some still mistake alpacas for llamas, and vice versa. The size difference between alpacas and llamas is obvious, but the other distinct difference is their ears. Alpacas have smaller, spear shaped ears and llamas have larger, banana shaped ears. Find out more by reading 6 Differences Between Llamas and Alpacas by Modern Farmer.
I ran across a knitting pattern this morning for Susie Rogers’ Reading Mitts, which seems appropriate to post as I look outside after yet another snowfall! Seems like it’s been an awfully long winter in Ohio, but I’m very happy to see the sunshine peek in and out. This pattern is FREE, and written for … Read more