Monday, May 16, 2011

I had no idea it would be so pretty


I just wanted to show you some of the beauty that I have in this recycled feed bag:

Fiber, fleece, fur... whatever you want to call it, I've got quite a lot of it. This is about a third of what's in the bag:

Pretty, huh?:

The color is lovely:

The texture is soft and light:

I never would have guessed that underneath all that straw, twigs, and dried pellet bedding:

...that this gloriously soft fur would be waiting:

Clairz at The Zees Go West and Denny1600 at Fun in the Desert each have plans to do something cool with some. Anybody else want to experiment with a bit?:

I've clearly got plenty:

And Kai won't mind a bit:

She will, however, want to see what you do with it:

27 comments:

IsobelleGoLightly said...

Oooooh! I would like a goat coat made out of that! Then I could pretend to be an angora! hee hee

And This Little Pig said...

Oh again, I wish I could spin! Don't know the logistics of sending to Oz, probably end up in quarantine, and on one of those border security shows :D

Truly beautiful, and very warm looking.

LiBBiE in Oz

Karen Anne said...

I'd love to see photos of what they do with it.

Cedar View Paint Horses said...

Our neighbor raises alpacas and send the fiber out to be made into socks. Supposed to be super warm. I'll never know, because they sell them for $30 a pair! Ouch.

Cathy R said...

I wish that I did know how to spin. I love knitting with Alpaca yarn. So soft and warm... I imagine that llama would be very similar.

Christine said...

Oooh, I love her! She's gorgeous under all the crud isn't she? Wow.

Paula said...

Hi Danni- I would love to experiment with some (not a lot). I hear that you can use poodle brushes to card wool, and I already have one poodle brush (but not the poodle- she died), and then I'd make myself a drop spindle and try spinning, just to see if I could do it. Then depending on how much yarn it made (or how successful I was) I'd knit a sample. It might hook me, it might not, but I'm always up for learning a new skill. What do you think?

CaliforniaGrammy said...

I'm sure you'll have no problem giving it away, Danni. Since I'm a tole painter and a quilter I can't think of a thing I could do with it, but certainly all those spinner, weaver-type folks will love being creative with Kai's coat!

Farmer Jen said...

It's very lovely and the color is wonderful. I am not a spinner or weaver, so I wouldn't have a use for it right now.

The Burrow said...

Just got your comment. We just got some Shetlands (see my most recent post), and we did not plan on having fleece for a year yet. If you NEED someone to knit it, I'll help out, but I'm going to have my hands full with our own at this point. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to offer and then pull back. Again, if you need someone to, I will.

thx!:)

Zitrone said...

Oh, how I wish I knew what do do with Kai's treasure. I'd knit a sweater for everyone in the family! (he,he)

Perhaps Honey has spinning experience. Wouldn't surprise me. Right now she seems to want to learn Kai's llama language. Amazing how close she wants to be with the critters. What an exceptional animal.

Chai Chai said...

Did you see the picture of my new spinning wheel that I got for Christmas? Of course I would like some.....but no guarantees I can make anything.

Canyon Girl said...

I have some white stuff from Samson, who has told me he is no sheep and I better not try to shear his fur for the summer. It is always good to visit Critter Farm.--Inger

martina said...

I tried to email you but the bX-vdjngl unable to complete request prompt came up. Would love to play with some of the fur and see if I can remember how to spin wool!

Danni said...

Hi Paula - send your address to: critterfarm dot garden at gmail dot com. It would make me happt to send you some! I do love experiments! :-)

Danni said...

CaliforniaGrammy - I've got a most lovely example of your beautiful tole painting in my kitchen right now! It makes me smile every day!

Hi The Burrow - Don't worry about it! I know a lot of people who love to knit. No pressure on you whatsoever - only if it was going to be a fun thing for you!

Zitrone - If I get any spun fiber sent to me, you are *definitely* getting some to knit with. I want a Kai llama scarf. The family can take turns wearing it. :-)

Chai Chai! I don't recall seeing your wheel...how fun! I'm excited! I will send you some. Email me or Facebook msg me your address, k?

Hi Martina! I still have your address from the seed-sharing time, so I will get some fiber off to you a.s.a.p.! :-)

farmlady said...

Wow! Danni. I would love a few ounces if you have any left. It's beautiful and I bought two carding combs this year.
I could make you something and felt it.
Let me know....

Sarah said...

she's not the only one who is curious to see what her fiber turns into!

Morning Bray Farm said...

Look at Kai! She looks amazing! I can't wait to see what happens with her fiber either. :)

Danni said...

Farmlady - I would LOVE to send you some. Send me your address to my email (listed in a comment to Paula above) and I will send you a bit! Yay! I'm excited!! :-)
And, since you mention "ounces", it that how I determine how much to send people? By ounces? I seriously have NO idea. By sending you, say, 3 ounces, that's a sufficient qty to do something with?

Knatolee said...

What beautiful fibre!

Valerie said...

Wish I knew HOW to do something with it. That's an art I've always wanted to delve into, but never had the time nor the resources (aka the "fiber") with which to play. It looks beautiful!

linda m said...

That fur sure is pretty. Are you going to make anything with some of it?

Seven Gates Farm said...

I'm not sure what you do with it, but enjoyed you sharing that. Your pictures are pretty. Maybe your local Ag. office could help you out with that. They are a tremendous help. Love your profile; really cute. Debi

Denny1600 said...

I received Kai Llama's fiber and the Kit Kat bars! Thank you very much! here's my blog post about it: http://funinthedesert-denny.blogspot.com/2011/06/i-had-no-idea-it-would-be-so-soft.html

I'll be busy for a couple of weeks and I'll get started with it. Photos to follow!

Thanks again!

YahKheena said...

Oh my girls are wanting to learn how to spin... we would love to take some of that beautiful fiber off you hands... We're hoping you still have some...

YahKheena

YahKheena said...

Oh Danni we got it! The fur is BEAUTIFUL and we agree with you we rather like the smell of Kai...

We have been researching how to process the fiber to actually get to the spin stage and to our relief it is a much easier process than we thought, washing/rinse or really just soaking it in soapy water, picking it (pulling it apart making it airy) and then carding it or brushing it and finally spinning.

My girls are on pins and needles, just itching to get started. I have to purchase some hand carding brushes and we can get started. Looks like we might be able to knit a nice project from all the fiber you gave. (((hugs))) and much love and thanks to you and Kai