Best laid plans. . . .

Don't you love it when reality smacks you in the gob!  I probably should have realized my sweater was going to be way too large when someone asked me if I were making a scarf.  It wasn't until I was close to finishing that I realized I had missed a repeat of pattern then saw that my sweater was turning into a tunic or dress.  Not to worry, I knit to ease my mind and keep my hands busy. 

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Fiber Art

One of the main draws my mother found to owning a whole heard of alpacas all to herself (ourselves) was the near unlimited access to her own fibers. These fibers can be used in any number of ways including: in their semi raw for for needle felting, used in huge and incredible art installations (see below), spun into yarn for weaving, knitting, etc. The possibilities are literally limitless.

The idea being that you take the fleece that the alpacas have been growing all year long and once sheer-ed, you take the fibers and use them for anything and everything. 

 Alpaca fleece -- aka fibers, in its raw and unwashed form from 3 different alpacas. Note the color variations. 

Alpaca fleece -- aka fibers, in its raw and unwashed form from 3 different alpacas. Note the color variations. 

Admittedly, and much to my mom's dismay, I did not immediately know what fibers in relation to crafting and knitting were; no matter how many times the word was repeated. (sorry I didn't catch on, Mom!) 

Fast forward a few years and our fibers just keep coming in! We are so lucky. Our heard is happy and healthy and just keeps growing that fleece. We essentially have a never ending quest to collect as many fibers as we can. 

 Alpaca fleece -- aka fibers, in its raw and unwashed form. 

Alpaca fleece -- aka fibers, in its raw and unwashed form. 

Right now our goals with the fibers are as follows:

  • Find a way to get these fibers quickly cleaned and spun into yarn or (something adjacent to yarn) in a timely manner. If you know of any place that does this, please send me their contact info! 
  • Create and share alpaca fiber art. 
  • Make the world comfier and prettier by with our alpaca fibers

 

Since we have so much alpaca fibers to go around I thought it would be fun to get into the wide world of fiber art. Below are a few ideas on what other people have made. 

 The artist is Claudy Jongstra deserves her own fan girl blog post at some point but for the time being please go see her work --  Claudy Jongstra

The artist is Claudy Jongstra deserves her own fan girl blog post at some point but for the time being please go see her work -- Claudy Jongstra

 Photo by nikolay100/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by nikolay100/iStock / Getty Images

 Photo by Riakhin Anton/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by Riakhin Anton/iStock / Getty Images

 Photo by Nataly-Nete/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by Nataly-Nete/iStock / Getty Images

An Alaskan Tradition

A few years ago right before this boy went to go work in Alaska for the summer he wanted to show his sister a new trick involving carrying his dog on his shoulders

For reference this dog is a rescue dog and a fully grown malamute. Even though he is a family dog he has a particular preference to this brother and tends to let him get away with more than any other human. 

Five years later the tradition continues as our world traveler was getting ready to go back to Alaska he sent these pictures my way

 And the tradition continues! 

And the tradition continues! 

While we're on a trip down memory lane, look at these young sweet faces!