Project Linus–blankets for kids in crisis

I wanted to add a link to a great organization; if you can sew or not, crochet, knit or otherwise be creative with fabric or yarn, please look at their website and donate a handmade blanket or two. 
Sign up for their newsletter and find a chapter near you or start your own. 

Those who do not sew or knit, can make a blanket easily out of polar fleece type material by cutting to a specific size and finishing the edges as they indicate in the instructions on their website. 

I have the link in the left hand column; please check them out, organize a blanket making party. or on your own, and donate often.

Alpaca fleece uses

I have fleece from our six alpacas for the past three years sitting in the garage.  I hope to get it sold to local knitters, weavers, felters,etc. But for now it is separated and identified as to which alpaca it came from and what year, and also whether it is the prime blanket or the seconds from legs,neck, etc.   I sent some off to a friend who plans to try some felting. 

I did find some good info out on YouTube on felting and in particular felting a purse by a fiber artist that was most interesting to watch.  It’s helpful actually seeing someone doing it their way and see what inspires them.  Here is that  link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBtpamYG0Lo  It has lots of rather loud background music, so be ready.

The Alpaca Registry has 16 official “show” colors.  Of course there are many shades and variations, also multi-color that have white spots intermingled with the fleece color.

I think I may just send some out to close-by fiber stores and have them use it in their classes and if that can generate some business then that is great.

I will be joining the AFCNA (Alpaca Fiber Cooperative of North America) http://www.afcna.com/ and any fleece I might have can be sent to them and they will process and turn into products that members can buy and re-sell.

The fleece is lighter than wool and very insulating, and not scratchy.  I cannot wear wool, but alpaca is so soft.  The fleece is made into socks, shawls, sweaters, hats, gloves, evening dresses, coats, etc.  You name it and it can probably be made.  The fleece is graded and sorted to be used for the appropriate product.  Lots of stores are now stocking alpaca garments. I have seen sweaters at Gap where my daughter worked, and at other similar stores I’ve shopped at. VivaTerra has some wonderful alpaca products.  http://www.vivaterra.com/pls/enetrixp/!stmenu_template.main

Do some alpaca shopping and make someone happy.