It's the "season of gift giving" we will hear many times over the next few weeks and it can bring a mixture of reactions! Certainly, a lot of joy and anticipation but also some stress and anxiety as we try to figure it all out! Each one has to do some reflecting and make decisions as to what to do to experience true joy and peace.
Alpaca Avenue has some ideas for you if you are looking for a special gift for someone important to you. I don't enjoy trying to find ways to entice anyone to buy something. I much prefer that someone discover for them self something that is meaningful to them. It gives me a lot of joy when I see someone enjoying an item that I have made:) So, know that you are welcome to visit me in my store on Martin Grove or browse my Etsy store any time. I have tried to put together a collection of alpaca yarns and other alpaca/knitting related products that I think are worthwhile and help to support other local artisans and alpaca farmers.
My latest project has taken me back to my spinning wheels! I love alpaca fibre but I really enjoy other fibres too and have collected small amounts of 30 plus samples, mostly wool breeds but some other exotics as well. I was listening to the most recent Woolful podcast and Ashley is planning to spin a different fibre every week of 2016. This seems like a great idea to practise spinning, get to know other fibres and their characteristics. My plan is to ply each one with alpaca and then knit squares that can then be made into a blanket! So far I have spun some Polwarth which is lovely to spin and very soft...a good match for alpaca, and some Gotland which is an incredible silver grey but more challenging to spin. I am using a Saxony type wheel called a Sleeping Beauty which has lots of character, as well as a much newer Majacraft Little Gem.
Whatever you are working on, I hope that it brings you pleasure and as you reflect on giving you will find Joy!