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Alpacas – Dealing with Heat and Humidity

Alpacas find dealing with heat and humidity in summer challenging. We have found they can learn to adapt if we give them some support. It [...]

By | August 19th, 2017|Alpaca Health and Herd Management, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Alpacas – Dealing with Heat and Humidity

Alpaca and Fair Isle, a Work in Progress

Shetland wool is synonymous with Fair Isle knitting. In it's dyed and natural state it has a huge color range, ideal for the wonderful range [...]

By | August 9th, 2017|Fleece and Fiber, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Alpaca and Fair Isle, a Work in Progress

Fiber Tuesday – Farewell to the Wool Shed

Fiber Tuesday is usually my favorite day of the month when I get to meet up with my creative fiber friends. This month it was [...]

By | July 20th, 2017|Fleece and Fiber, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Fiber Tuesday – Farewell to the Wool Shed

Fiber “U”, July 15 and 16

Fiber "U" is all about fiber and promoting the Fiber Arts. Two days of classes from spinning to weaving, from dying to lace making, from [...]

By | July 9th, 2017|Fleece and Fiber, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Fiber “U”, July 15 and 16

Choosing a Fiber Mill for your Alpaca

There are an increasing number of fiber mills available offering to process your alpaca fleece. How do you go about choosing a fiber mill for [...]

By | July 8th, 2017|Fleece and Fiber, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Choosing a Fiber Mill for your Alpaca

Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival

The Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival was fun! It was a new venue this year with everything under one roof. It reminded me of an [...]

By | June 28th, 2017|Fleece and Fiber, News, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival

Visit Alpacas at Willowbrook at Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival

Next weekend, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June, Alpacas at Willowbrook Farm  will have a vendor booth at the Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival.  We [...]

By | June 9th, 2017|News, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Visit Alpacas at Willowbrook at Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival

Sorting and Grading Alpaca Fiber Part Two

In another post I outlined the reasons why sorting and grading alpaca fiber is beneficial. Since shearing our alpacas, I have spent many hours in [...]

By | June 8th, 2017|Fleece and Fiber, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Sorting and Grading Alpaca Fiber Part Two

Fiber Tuesday, Where Alpaca Meets Shetland.

Yesterday was Fiber Tuesday - my monthly day off the farm with my fiber friends! It was a beautiful day and we were able to [...]

By | May 11th, 2017|Fleece and Fiber, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Fiber Tuesday, Where Alpaca Meets Shetland.

Felting – A Magical Process at Overland Park Arboretum

Fiber, (alpaca or wool) hot water, soap and agitation. Put these all together and you can create felt. Felting is an almost magical process turning [...]

By | March 23rd, 2017|Fleece and Fiber, Willowbrook Chronicles|Comments Off on Felting – A Magical Process at Overland Park Arboretum