Little did I know that falling in love with llamas and alpacas would lead to another serious addiction - FIBER! I find that I just can't get enough of it. I learned to knit (and it was a battle) just so I could create more varied creations from the beautiful yarn the fiber of these lovely animals make. I offer raw fiber, combed fiber, natural colored yarn and hand-dyed yarn to fellow handcrafters on a limited basis. I also will take pre-orders for the entire shearing of specific animals if you wish.Please email for prices and availability. Pictured below are some of the creations made from the spun treasure of our herd
You'll be as delighted as "Lucy" is with our fiber. Oh so soft, 100% natural, hypo-allergenic and ready for your creations. Please email Gayle as to price and availability of colors. Don't wait! Traditionally our yarns sell out quickly. We have won nothing but Blue Ribbons or BETTER with projects made from our own yarns, so give yourself a head start to a prize winning creation.
Our shearings are processed by Going to the Sun Fiber Mill in Kalispell, MT I am very proud to offer yarn of this quality. We just got back from the Virgina Classic where I entered three skeins of this millspun yarn in the SpinOff. The black minillama got 100 out of a possible 100 points with the judge's comment being...Beautiful! The alpaca laceweight got 96 of a possible 100 points with the comment of "Fabulous choice of fiber for millspun". Finally, our Argentine Appy yarn got 97 of a possible 100 points with the comment "Appy color consistently homogenized". Does all this sound like I'm bragging? Well I am. Pleased as I can be to be producing and offering fiber of this quality. Oh, by the way, our Argentine Apollo won Judge's Choice for his fiber in the SpinOff and Roberta Lee won 5th place in Walking Fiber competiton. Don't let anyone tell you that llamas don't have awesome fiber.
This 2011 Entry for the Virginia Classic Fiber Derby took First Place and then went on to be donated to the auction to benefit Llama Rescue. We are very pleased to tell you that it fetched a very nice $165 for the llamas. It was crocheted using the Tunisian crochet technique, then felted. The accent pieces were either crocheted or knitted and then hand dyed. Since I made it up as I went along, it it a truly one of a kind item.
Here is our 2008 Entry for the Virginia Classic Fiber Derby. It is made from 100% "Our Llama" hand dyed, handknitted and beaded right here on The Fuzzy Farm. You might notice that our model is holding the
BEST OF SHOW Ribbon!
Yup...We're doing the Happy Dance!.
Here's the bounty from the 2007 Virginia Classic Fiber Derby. The sweater is 100% Argentine Llama fiber. The skein was hand dyed and handspun Argentine Llama fiber.
OK...I have officially lost my mind. This is one of several cria sweaters that I am making for my spring babies. They are a combination of knit and crochet, this one factory dyed, but some are hand dyed. That helps me to perfect my dye techniques without sacrificing my precious llama and alpaca yarn.This particular one is made of superwash morino which is machine washable and dryable but very warm...and adjustable. The pastures should be very colorful this spring.
This is what can happen with fiber from The
Fuzzy Farm. This
knitted scarf with crystal beads in the fringe was awarded
first place and Judges Choice at the Virginia Classic 2006.
Hand-dying...what fun this is! In the pictures below, I used natural dyes...you know...roots, bark, berries and such.
The dyed fiber drying...
Now it has been carded...
And here, it has been spun into yarn...Yarn that brought home a First Place ribbon for handspun at the Virgina Classic!
Hopefully, this will be an heirloom. This is a Christmas Stocking for our youngest grandson, Ellis. It is from the fiber of our miniature llamas, Jumpin' Jack Flash and Hurricane Jean, that I handspun, dyed a portion of and knitted so that Santa can bring many wondrous things to Ellis. Can't get much more personal than that.
You will not believe
this...I've finally learned how to spin! On the left is a skein of llama yarn
that I spun with my own two hands...never thought the day would
come. On the right, well I couldn't bear to throw away all
the lumpy bumpy first attempts at spinning. So I kept them
and decided to make a cria coat. So here is my "coat
of many colors". If you start with the inside rectangle
and work toward the outside, you will see my progress as I worked
my way toward "real yarn". There are all types
of fiber that I used in my experimentation. Some wool, some
alpaca, some llama, some mohair and a wee bit of silk...but all
natural and all warm for my little ones.
Yarns currently available -
Background is knitted vest I'm making for Rich of the light brown
Our youngest grandson
Ellis, held by his lovely Mom Lyndsay modeling the hand knitted,
hand dyed hooded alpaca sweater I made for him.
Hand dyed alpaca sweater, made for our youngest grandson,
Back of Ellis' sweater, with velcro fastened opening for ease
Llama & Alpaca Fiber
True works of Art!
Hitch up the wagon...we're going to town with something this elegant!
My Kromski Rigid Heddle Loom with it's first project.
First weaving project complete....Shoulder bag with a style all
Knitted 100% Alpaca Scarf and Hat Set. Combination hand painted and solid yarn, original design. Modeled by the ever lovely Kaitlyn from Carothers Country Farm. Thank you Kaitlyn!
My adorable great-nephew Russell wearing a 100% alpaca sweater I made to welcome him to the world.
Here's an example of the lovely rich colors you can get when overdying brown llama.
And this is how it knits up...it is so soft and warm, you don't even mind winter!
These are a couple of hand
felted tote bags with needle felted detail
created from llama fiber.
Detail of Hand Crocheted Beaded Scarf
Fiber courtesty of Wheaties and Captain Crunch...our cereal boys!
Finished set with matching hat. Hat is made from the Argentine llama yarn laid across the scarf in the previous picture, then trimmed with Alpaca laceweight.
Feeling Froggy - Sitting on Handpainted Alpaca Laceweight destined to be made into a gift for my daughter in law, Lyndsay.
Christmas gift in the making - What could be more personal?
And finally...modeled by Lyndsay herself!
Mom...Queen of the Farm...in her newest shawl, handknitted 100% Alpaca. This is far above my skill level. The very talented Katie McMahon of Whistlewood Farm knitted this for us from our fiber.
Mom modeling one of the other shawls I made for her. This is crocheted and took first place at the Virginia Classic Fiber Derby
Assorted finished treasures...all have gone to their new homes