Monday, February 21, 2011

Spring Is Just Around The Corner...

A Basket Full of Spring!! Hand dyed alpaca yarns with more on the way. Check out the rest of our Farm Blog for projects. And, remember to save Saturday, April 30th for the CT Sheep & Wool Festival. We will be there with lots of new ideas and yarns for your knitting and crocheting pleasure. If you can't wait, and like something on the Blog, call me at 203-378-0893. In the meantime, we here have much to do with the trees dripping maple sap and the syrup to be boiled down and packaged. On this, hopefully, last storm of the season day-a stash of yarn (see my color mix) is just waiting for an idea to emerge and the needles are itching to be used for a New Spring Look!

Here is where the work happens...

Our home and familyroom are perfect winter hideaways for spinning, and creating. The incentive is a cozy spot where all the worlds problems disappear and you sit at the wheel and feel the alpaca and wool run thru your fingers knowing that you will enjoy the yarn a second time when you knit with it and enjoy it a third time when you gift or keep your creation. Winter is almost over. Has it really been that bad?

Scarves are the Chocolate of Knitting....

Here are two delicious versions! Natural off-white Lace Pattern Handspun Alpaca Scarf. Only 8 pattern lines repeated to give you this Victorian look! Our Suri Alpaca is just perfect for this pattern with its luster and silkiness! Buy the yarn and the pattern is free. Also, for years I have been searching for a double-sided cable. Thanks to Samantha, here it is! And the secret is so simple, stick to the pattern and it works perfectly! This scarf is beautiful in natural or hand dyed (isn't the purple gorgeous?) worsted alpaca. I know you will all want to try this one!

Cable Mania

Cables are fun and not too difficult. Cable hats are made in natural alpaca-Ray & I both love ours! Earwarmer is from our Babydoll Southdown Sheep spun in bulky for extra warmth. Handwarmers are knit flat for ease but look complicated with an awesome cable. Knit in light worsted alpaca with one skein either in natural or hand dyed alpaca. All of these patterns are available free with yarn purchase!

Spiral Neckwarmer for the Brrrrr Day

Joanne is enjoying her neckwarmer on this very cold mountain day. Designed for one skein of alpaca hand dyed or natural.

Supplying Our Warmth!!!

Hanley likes to eat snow! (He isn't the only one.) The alpaca and sheep hang "in" while we are outside cleaning and filling water pails. And they say these animals are not high up on the chain!

Winter Warmth

Knitted and delivered! Shepherd's Handspun in Ray's choice of blue. Joanne's comfy cardigan-all spun from our sheep and alpacas! Michelle's special birthday-alpaca lattice work!