A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

January 14, 2008

What’s on my Needles?

Filed under: alpaca, Alpaca Fiber, Alpacas, General — Tags: , , , , , , , — alpacalady @ 7:49 am

Laca Alpaca Scarf

I always try to keep one fiber arts problem on the go, using, of course, alpaca fiber.  For the past few months my project has been a knitted black lace scarf.  The scarf was knitted using 100% North American alpaca and consisted of a total of 27,262 stitches with a hand knotted scarf of 160 strands of alpaca yarn.  This particular scarf was made for a friend of ours to give to his wife as a gift for their 40th wedding anniversary.  I made a little care card up to go with the scarf explaining how it was made.  The card also had a little quote and verbiage that related to the significance of a 40th wedding anniversary.  Our friend says that he is not sure which his wife likes the best the card or the scarf!

I really wanted to try some more on my knitting machine this weekend in lieu of my not being able to attend my knitting machine class in Colorado, but a 4 hour online Board Meeting and an unexpected visitor put paid to those plans.  Instead I worked on a very colorful knitted hat that is my latest alpaca fiber arts project.  The yarn is Landscapes by the Alpaca Yarn Company and is a lovely heavy worsted yarn in a blend of 70% alpaca and 30% silk.  It is knitting up really well and as the needles required are large than those for the scarf my progress is a lot quicker.

I was once asked by someone how I find the time to knit, crochet and spin along with everything else I have to do.  It really isn’t too hard, I enjoy the fiber arts side of my business and so to spend time making something is a pleasure and provides me with relaxation.  I try to carve out 15 – 30 minutes a day to work on one of my projects and it’s amazing how much progress can be made even in that small amount of time.  Knitting, crochet and spinning all have something of a meditative quality to them and it is good to be able to free my mind of everything that is whirring around in it and just focus on a fiber art for a little while.

I put the hand knit items I make up for sale, and it is quite exciting when someone else appreciates the time and skill that went into making a hand made piece and decides to buy it.  I can’t honestly say that I get paid for the time that I spend making the hand made items, but the pleasure in making them is part of the payment I receive.

Of course I always have my eye out for the next project to make.  I have one sock of a pair made and need to finish the other one.  This was my first time at attempting to make socks and I must say I didn’t find it nearly as challenging as making something from a lace pattern, but perhaps I need to find a more challenging sock pattern to work on.  I also think it is time I once more take on the challenge of making a sweater.  When I was in my early twenties I used to turn out a sweater a month!  I still have a couple of them and sometimes cannot believe that I actually made them, so I feel it is time I take on that challenge again and remind myself of what I am capable of doing.  Of course in my twenties I had a little more free time on my hands, but even though it will take me a bit longer it will be fun to make such a project again!


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