Posts Tagged ‘Alpaca’

Oct 06

A Week Devoted to Handspinning

How are you celebrating Spinning and Weaving Week? This week has been a long-standing tradition in the handspinning and weaving community for decades. When I owned the Weaving Workshop in Chicago some 30 years ago, we celebrated this week with special demonstrations to the general public. After moving to Colorado→ Read more

Nov 05

Riffing on a Traditional Peruvian Alpaca Hat

One handknit alpaca hat, traditional Peruvian, worn by children in the Accha Alta community in the Andean highlands. One slouch shaped, paying homage to the traditional one while offering a modern interpretation. Both are loaded with colorful bumpy textures, called grutas, making distinctive patterns.→ Read more

Mar 05

Hand Knit Alpaca with Beading on a Road Less Traveled in Peru

Sometimes it pays to take the road less traveled. Such is the case when it’s the only road to the village of Huacatinco in the Ocongate region of the Cusco highlands of Peru. Here we were, five of us in a four-wheel drive pick-up truck, during rainy season, off to→ Read more

Dec 04

Andean Handspinners Are Master Makers

It’s the time of year when the pressure mounts for us makers. We so desire to gift someone with something made by hand that we start knitting or spinning or sewing or “fill-in-the-blanks” right about now. And if the gift is an accessory, there’s time to complete it. Or if→ Read more

Jan 08

Spinning Andean Stories of Handspun Yarn

Picture this. It’s my idyllic self—sitting in a comfy chair, fire roaring, basket of fleece with handspindle on the floor next to me. Now it’s snowing and the wind is howling outside. But never mind that. I’m sitting contentedly, knitting away with my handspun Peruvian alpaca yarn on a hat→ Read more

May 11

Knit a Scarf Using Handspun Peruvian Alpaca

Peruvian elders handspinning→ Read more

Sep 29

Peruvian Handspun Alpaca

Sep 28

Pitumarca Spindle Bags

Drive an hour or so south from Cusco, then head left up a steep dirt road with countless switchbacks, and eventually you come to the village of Pitumarca. The weaving center here, Centro de Tejedores Munay Ticlla de Pitumarca, is lively and productive. Young girls sit together learning traditional patterns→ Read more

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