Jessie Dodington and Ruth Randolph spinning at Windrush Alpacas while our commercial is being shot
One of the pleasures of having an alpaca business is that it opens you up to meeting all sorts of fiber addicts – knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, felters, we all share a love of fiber and enjoy getting together and enjoying fiber arts. Alpacas are a fiber animal so let’s face it we alpaca breeders need fiber fanatics!
Two of the fiber fanatics I have met along the way are Liby Ball and Jessie Dodington,
Liby, Jessie and I met through a local knitting group. Liby was living in nearby Portales with her husband Jared who was working in Portales at that time, Jessie came to Portales with her husband to be (now her husband) Elliott who had accepted a job at Eastern New Mexico University. Knitting groups are a wonderful way to integrate yourself into the local community. As Jessie puts it
“I’ve moved around a lot and the one trick that never fails me when I arrive in a new town is to go to the local yarn store or library and ask about the existence of any knitting groups. There is nothing nicer than being welcomed into a knitting group. You already have something in common with everyone – you’re a crafter! – the atmosphere is casual and conversation comes easy while you sit and work on your projects.”
Jessie and Liby hit it off immediately and a firm friendship formed over time. Liby now lives in Indiana but distance cannot keep Liby and Jessie apart and so putting their creative heads together they decided to go on a mission to entertain crafters of all types by starting a pod cast called Multicraftual
Multicraftual is a fun and addictive pod cast. Jessie and Liby discuss their current and finished projects interjected with much zany humor and the occasional glass of wine.
Jessie knits, Liby crochets, but both do so much more. Liby is a very talented seamstress (you can check out her creations on her Facebook page ) and is also a belly dancer extraordinaire Jessie is a very talented fine artist (you can check out Jessie’s creations on her blog ), knitting pattern designer, spinner and also sings in local choirs. (I guess that makes them an all singing, all dancing duo!)
When talking of Liby, Jessie and Multicraftual I cannot omit Liby and Jessie’s cats who also make brief appearances during the pod casts. “Pancake” (Liby’s cat) is a star in his own right and has his own Facebook Page while “Dragon” (Jessie’s young kitten) is becoming famous for performing “the kitty plank” during the pod cast. Watch the pod cast to see what “the kitty plank” is.
So apart from my friendship with Liby and Jessie, how does Multicraftual relate to Windrush Alpacas you might ask? Well first off Jessie and Liby are yarn customers of ours. Jessie also knit a beautiful sample shawlette of her own design using our Windrush Alpacas Blue Swirl yarn so that I could display the shawlette in our farm store to show people how our yarn knits up.
Windrush Alpacas Blue Swirl Yarn. A sumptuous alpaca/bamboo blend yarn
Recently Jessie also helped out with our TV commercial. Those are Jessie’s hands you see spinning away in the foreground during the shot of the spinners. (The other spinner being our friend and fellow knit group member Ruth Randolph). Plus in the recent Episode 13 of the Multicraftual pod cast our commercial and our yarn are both mentioned, and there is some bonus footage of Jessie’s time at the farm while we were filming, including a brief guest appearance by Daisy the dog!
So get comfortable, drift on over to Multicraftual and enjoy some light hearted crafting chat with two special ladies. Be warned though it’s addictive!
Note: For those of you who use Ravelry you can also find Multicraftual in the groups there