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Some see a weed….

It’s been awhile since my last blog, too long really. Anyone who knows me will agree that it is not like me not to have anything say. There I said it! I rabbit on about alpaca and yarn, in no particular order, all the time. I’m slightly obsessed with both but at moment my heart […]

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Mentoring at its best!

During the past 2 years I have been in a wonderful position where I was provided support under the Farming Together Program. This program was set up to assist farmers who are working together to achieve set goals. Along with our Blackwattle labelled yarn, we also stock and sell yarn labelled under the Alpaca Breeders […]

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Alpaca Yarn – A Luxury Fibre

Alpaca wool is recognised as one of the most luxurious fibres in the world. It is exceptionally soft due to its low scale relief, compared to merino, giving alpaca a very soft and silky feeling. In comparison to merino, alpaca fibre is lighter, warmer and more durable. Don’t be fooled by their cute, fuzzy and endearing faces – […]

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When Mistakes Work

Creating new colours is sometimes a hit and miss exercise. You either love the new colours you are creating or….you don’t. Mistakes happen when dyeing yarn and sometimes those mistakes are love at first sight! This recently happened to me. I created a colour called Velvet Dreams, a lovely soft blend of purples and light […]

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Markets that make a Business

Last weekend we attended the Handmade Canberra Markets. We have been stall holders at these fabulous markets for the past 4 years. The markets attract designers and artisans from across Australia, with many travelling from interstate to be stall holders. This year  the markets turned 10 – WOW 10 years!! Julie and her team run […]

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Suri – The Fibre of the Gods

I often hear alpaca being referred to as the ‘Fibre of the Gods’ and I can certainly understand why. The animals themselves are closely tied to cultural practices for Andeans people and prior to colonisation, the image of the alpaca, in the form of canopas (small figures carved from stone and used in traditional rituals), […]

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Shearing Day

Shearing Day – not my favourite day of the year I must admit but shearing day, in between the hard work, does have some moments of joy. Like when you shear your Appaloosa alpacas and their spots are uncovered or when you shear an alpaca and you realise their fleece is just stunning and you […]

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Farm Open Weekend

This weekend we opened our farm to the public to help celebrate the Murrumbateman Moving Feast. This is a local event that showcases some of Murrumbateman’s finest wine, food and views – an exploration of the region and senses by roving degustation. People attending the event over the weekend, travelled from, winery to winery tasting and […]

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The joys of new colours

Last week, with my very good friend Jennifer, I set about the task of finalising my standard colourways. Now those that dye will fully understand that selecting and sticking to a limited amount of colourways is hard, really hard. There are so many pretty colour combinations and I just want to dye them all! I […]

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Support an Aussie farmer today

Well hello there my pretties!! Where have you been my friends? We have missed you! Grass and clover…a couple of simple things that make my heart sing! 🎶  As primary producers we need Mother Nature to be kind to us. This year has been particularly tough for many farmers across Australia and we too have been affected, […]

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