I hope you all have been having an amazing summer. I’ve been really digging into fibre and all of its related goodness – from my standard washing and prepping fleece, to really delving into the world of natural dyeing. It’s been an amazing summer of learning new techniques for me, and I hope you’ve had equally amazing experiences. I’ve said it before (and I’ll say it again) – but that’s one of the things I love most about fibre and spinning – there’s always something new and exciting to learn.I’m happy to announce not one, not two, but eight new fibres have been listed in the shop! There are three alpaca, three llama, and two purebred sheep fibres all up now for your perusing pleasure.
The alpacas and the llamas come from Karen’s farm in East Central Alberta – I did an interview with her earlier in the summer where she talked about all about her farm where she rescues alpacas and llamas.
The blankets I snagged from her are beautiful – beautiful colours and a beautiful hand. I’ve been spinning up samples, and I have to admit I’ve kept some just for myself for my own projects.
You can see alpaca #1, alpaca #2, and alpaca #3 here. And be sure to check out the llamas here, here, and here.
Charollais is a breed from France, and has very dense, springy locks, which makes it also a great choice for woollen preps and blending. With fall right around the corner, both fibres make lovely warm garments that are sure to keep you warm through winter.