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Over 1 TON of Alpaca Fiber For Online Auction – Ends Thursday!

Local Frio Auction Service recently acquisitioned over one ton of various grades and color of alpaca fleece due to the closure of a regional fiber mill.  Over the last few weeks, my partner and I have been helping Frio Auction Service in sorting and cataloging this fleece to prepare it for auction.  Online bidding has already started, and if you would like to check out the lots or place a bid, please click here. The online auction will be complemented by a live auction taking place at 5 pm Thursday on 16th St. in downtown Wheeling.  All of the lots already have bids, and this may be the first exclusively fiber auction ever (or at least for this region), so make sure to check it out!

Diagram for Year-Round Fiber Management

Anyone who regularly peruses my site knows I am a friend to the alpaca.  To this end, I have recently been assisting my partner (a true alpaca guru) in developing a series of lectures & workshops dedicated to improving the consistency of the spring fiber harvest.  While he’s been busy formulating the actual concepts, I’ve been charged with designing a series of teaching aids to clarify his major points.

This diagram is meant to be used as a sort of calendar of farm management, while taking into consideration all the major components of producing & selling the highest quality fiber possible.  Although it may seem a bit complex at first glance, the diagram’s basic emphasis is centered on completing the various management components bit by bit throughout the year (rather than everything within a few days).

"Fiber Cultivation & Organization" at the 2010 WV Fiber Festival

Ramon first debuted his lecture last month at the 1st Annual West Virginia “Wild ‘n’ Wooly” Fiber Festival (which by the way was a WONDERFUL event – thank you David, Judy & all the others who worked so hard to make this event a success!)  and we hope to continue this series at festivals and alpaca shows throughout the region.  Additionally, we hope to have videos of the seminars online in the near future, but for now, if you’d like more information on alpaca farm & fiber management, please contact my partner Ramon at DragonShearer@gmail.com.

Amigami Introduces the Mage Hood!

As the winter chill begins to creep in around us, my thoughts have been increasingly focused on creating a line of warm outdoor wear.  This is especially true since we have recently obtained a fairly sizable array of luxurious alpaca yarn.

This hood is the first of my proto-types.  I’ve often felt myself wishing the hoods on my jackets were larger and more voluminous, and this crocheted hood definitely towers above the rest.  It was made using a whopping half pound of violet acrylic worsted yarn.  I wanted to work in acrylic for the first of the hoods, so as not to squander any alpaca on unknown territory.  The structure of the hood has foundation in this precious Russian baby hatIn the Mage Hood however, the hood’s point is greatly enlarged & tapered, and the shoulders are tailored to lay flat against the wearer.  Additionally, the front of the hood was folded inwards & attached, allowing for  a thick plush brim which adds definition to the piece.

To take this hood to the next level, I’ve relinquished it to my partner Ramon, who is currently felting the garment with alpaca fiber.  It’s looking Amazing, and I can’t wait to post pictures once it’s completed.  He is also carving antler toggles to secure the hood, which I think will be the perfect accent for the violet & natural colors.  So keep watching for more pics and more hoods in my Etsy shop soon!

2 Tone Suri Alpaca Beanie – 100% Handmade, From Cut To Crochet

This is hopefully only the first of many in a very special series of crochet work.  My partner Ramon travels the countryside each spring shearing alpacas, and a few weeks ago he returned with some of the fruits of his labor.

Mother Rasha & cria Morningstar, donors for the White fiber in this hat!

Amongst his clients is Vision Acres Ranch of Berkeley Country, West Virginia.  After the 2009 shearing season, Judy of Vision Acres began processing this high-quality alpaca fiber into exquisite hand-spun dual-toned yarn.  And it’s not just the dual coloring which makes this yarn unique – it is composed of 100% Suri Alpaca fiber.

Herdsire Scimitar (a.k.a. "Sam") contributed the brown yarn for this hat!

Suris, unlike their more popular fluffy Huacaya counterparts, feature fiber which forms natural locks, giving the final product an altogether different consistency and feel than your standard alpaca fiber.  Thank you to the Judy & everyone at Vision Ares Ranch for caring for these beautiful animals & creating the yarn, as well as to Ramon for shearing the alpacas and for bringing me spoils.

The hat is created using a modified version of a stylish beanie pattern I found in the Ravelry databases.  Unbelievably soft & warm, it’s also extremely breathable, making this hat a great year-round accessory.  Accented by a large natural-colored button I found in my mother’s vintage sewing supplies, this luxurious hat has certainly been given the personal touch from start to finish.

Calling Alpaca Ranchers! (and all pet owners)

Hair Mat for Oil SpillBy now we’ve all heard about the Gulf oil spills.  Groups are springing up around the Gulf Coast region to aid in the clean-up process, but they need our help!  You may not realize, a pre-eminent method of oil spill clean-up involves the use of mats and booms made from the naturally discarded fur and hair of both animals and people.  The national organization Matter of Trust is facilitating the donation process; linking willing donors with area groups so that aid can be sent as efficiently and expediently as possible.

Alpacas Want to Help!Coincidentally, it is also shearing season for many alpaca ranchers throughout the country.  Although all hair and fur is being accepted for the clean-up process, alpaca fiber, with its density and texture, is exceptional for the task at hand.  As a ranch owner, if you have any amount of spare fiber which you are willing to part with, please follow the instructions below, and thank you for your contribution.

If you would like to donate debris-free fiber (or nylons for making booms), please send via USPS, FedEx or UPS to:

Hair For Oil Spill Booms
508 Mountain Dr
Destin  FL 24541

Please Mark the box “DEBRIS-FREE FUR” ( or “HAIR”).  Nylons can ship in the same box if packed in a separate bag.

PLEASE NOTE This is a temporary donation spot!  Any donations should be sent out no later than Tuesday, May 18th.  There may be other locations in the near future which needs donations depending which way the spill moves.


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