Introduction to the Sweater from Scratch Project

I am very excited to share with you my new project which I am calling 'Sweater from Scratch'. Watch my introductory video about the project or read my post below to find out more about this crazy adventure on which I am embarking.

It is one thing to tout local fibers and environmentally friendly processing practices but it is a whole other bag of worms to actually do it. So as an experiment, I am going to see if I can turn a raw alpaca fleece into a finished sweater. 

A few weeks ago I bought a raw alpaca fleece, freshly shorn off the animal and complete with bits of hay and lots of dust (Alpacas like to take dust baths). Over the next few months I will be manually process this fiber with the end result being (hopefully) a sweater. The process will include carding, spinning, dyeing and ultimately knitting. Below is a photo of the raw fleece I purchased. 

 The animals that grew this lovely fleece was Alicia. She lives with a bunch of angora goats on a farm in Stanwood, WA. Talk about knowing where your fiber comes from!

The animals that grew this lovely fleece was Alicia. She lives with a bunch of angora goats on a farm in Stanwood, WA. Talk about knowing where your fiber comes from!

For each step of the process I will be creating a new video and blog post so you can track my journey. I also hope to provide you with an historical context for the tools and processes which I am using.

I am an archaeologist by training so I will be using historical manual tools for this project. I want to get an idea of how long it would have taken to make a sweater well before the industrial revolution. I will be keeping track of the hours I spend on this project and updating you along the way. 

Stay up to date with my progress by subscribing to my e-mail list (on the right side of this page) or following me on instagram @wavokicrafts or under the hashtag #sweaterfromscratch. You can also subscribe to my Youtube channel WavokiCrafts. And don't forget to let me know what you think and share what projects you are currently working on. 

Wish me luck and Happy Crafting