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Male Alpacas Establish Pecking Order

It is true that alpacas are quiet and peaceful.  However, when it comes to male alpacas there is a pecking order, and sometimes they fight to determine who’s going to be…

dyeing fiber in dye pots with gaywool dye

Gaywool Dye Instructions

Gaywool dye is formulated specifically for raw or spun natural fibers. Gaywool Originals & Bush Blends are all-in-one acid dyes which have the acid component and the leveling agent essential to stabilize the dye bath at the correct ph level. The formulation includes the mordant and dye bath acidifier and thus includes all that is necessary to produce true to type color fast dyeing.

Gaywool Dyes at Alpaca Meadows

Gaywool Dyes Have a Colorful History

When it comes to dyeing alpaca, I love Gaywool Dyes!  From Australia,  no additives are required, the mordant and acidifier are already in the Gaywool dye formula.  They are easy,…

miss miami suri alpaca

Cleaning Suri Alpaca Fiber for Doll Wigs

In each of our pastures, there is a bare spot where our alpacas like to roll.  It must really feel good, but they do get very dusty.  The suri fiber we sell gets tumbled which helps get much of the dust out, then rinsed multiple times.  As you can see in the video, there still is some muddy water when washing it again.  Each step of the processing is a step towards cleaner fiber.

Free Crochet Pattern – Simple Ridged Fingerless Mitts

This is a simple crochet pattern for fingerless mitts using our Snuggle Yarn.  The color pictured is called Knot of Naturals.  All but the foundation row uses half double crochets, with…

Learn How To Spin With A Drop Spindle

 I had learned how to spin on a spinning wheel, but not a drop spindle.  My daughter had figured out how to spin with a drop spindle, and my neighbor,…

Thursdays in the Alpaca Barn

Thursday is my day in the alpaca barn, my turn to do farm chores.  Of course chores get done every day, but Thursday is my day, and today I think…

Tour our Farm Store

Holiday Hours in the Farm Store are Wednesday thru Sunday, 12pm-5pm, through the end of the year.  Take a look at what you might see by clicking below.   …

Free Crochet Pattern – Squish Cowl

I love this pattern by Tamara Kelly that she calls her Squish Cowl.  She uses a special stitch called Split Bullion Stitch that involves yarning over six times which creates…

Striped Triangular Shawl - Astral Yarn

Free Crochet Pattern – Striped Triangular Shawl

SKILL LEVEL Easy HOOK 4.0 mm (G) MATERIALS Total of 512 Yards of Astral Yarn This pattern is a good one for using up leftover yarn, which is what I was…

Needle Felted Bears

I’ll be teaching a Needle Felted Bear Class at the farm this weekend. For those of you attending, or trying this at home, I’ve put together a Pinterest Board with…

Free Crochet Pattern – Swizzle Alpaca Ribbed Scarf

I use this pattern by Prague Loop over and over.  This scarf was made with our 100% Alpaca Swizzle Yarn, which has been discontinued since I first wrote this post.  Any…

Swizzle Alpaca Yarn - Plum Perfection

Free Crochet Pattern – Dixie Alpaca Charm Shawl #2

For the second Dixie Alpaca Charm Shawl, I used three different yarns, one our Swizzle Alpaca Yarn, color Plum Perfection, our Astral Yarn, color Libra, and our Classic Baby Alpaca Yarn, color called…

Dixie Alpaca Charm Shawl

Free Crochet Pattern – Dixie Alpaca Charm Shawl

You’ll love working with our Swizzle Alpaca Yarn, Astral Yarn, and Classic Baby Alpaca Yarn as you crochet this pretty shawl. The pattern is an easy one for any beginning crocheter, and it is free!

Summer Sale Days Pictures

It all started when my daughter Abby said, “you ought to invite some other vendors” for our Summer Sale Days!  We both got busy and in a relatively short amount…

Felted Bouquet Wet Felting Kit

Felted Purses and Other Great Bags

Enjoy my Pinterest collection of Felted Purses and other Great Bags! See my blog post on Wet Felting Purse Tips or take a Wet Felting Purse Class at Alpaca Meadows. If there is not one scheduled, gather a few friends, contact me and together we’ll schedule a class on a date and time that works for you.

How to Make a Suri Alpaca Doll Wig

Find out how to make a Suri Alpaca Weft for Doll Hair Wigs using techniques using several techniques much easier and less time consuming than rerooting can be.

Felted Bouquet Kit

Felted Flowers

This Saturday, I’ll be teaching a Wet Felting Fancy Flower Class. This Pinterest board of Felted Flowers are some of my favorites! Hope you’ll find inspiration here too.   See my…

Learning to Knit – Getting Started

You have your yarn and your needles, a comfortable chair, you’re relaxed, and you’re ready to get started knitting.  There are different ways to hold your knitting needles.  Some people…

Learn To Knit Class

Free Knitting Pattern – Easy Mistake Stitch Scarf

This Easy Mistake Stitch Scarf is a pattern I like to use when teaching people how to knit.  This pattern is from the Purl Soho website.  I have adapted the…

Hand Cards made by Strauch Fiber Equipment

How To Use Hand Cards

The purpose of Hand Carding is to disentangle, separate, clean, straighten and blend fibers together for spinning into yarn.  Carding is a type of woolen preparation, where air is introduced between…

Guatemalan Weaving Ministry

On a mission trip to Guatemala with my daughter, I learned about a weaving ministry led by Hilda Perez.  Hilda teaches women in her village to weave.  She and her…

African Market Baskets

We are now offering handcrafted Bolga baskets woven by remarkable artisans in Bolgatanga, Ghana. Each basket is a one-of-a-kind treasure. Proceeds from the sale of these baskets helps to provide healthcare, education…

Stormy Weather Cowl

Free Crochet Pattern – Stormy Weather Cowl

I liked this cowl pattern so much that I made three of them!  I did use three different color combinations, not sure which one I like the best.  The pattern…

What I Did With This Year’s Alpaca Fiber

There are many options when it comes to processing alpaca fiber into a value added product.  Finding a fiber mill that will help you evaluate and determine the best use…