PALISADE, Colo. — Alpacas make a unique herd at Suncrest Orchard. Mike McDermott takes the fur to make common things such as socks, hats, and dryer lint balls.
After almost two decades in the business, McDermott has a list on why the fiber is great.
“It’s actually 8 times warmer than wool;” Mike McDermott informs, “It’s hypoallergenic, it’s naturally fire retardant and dust mite resistant, that’s the strong points. With that, as well, we’ve got the feel of cashmere, which is on the exotic end of it, and the luxury and expense, but we also have the durability of wool with that fiber. So, it blends the textile world really well with one fleece.”
A single roll of thread takes 52 hours to make. Tours are given throughout the mill to educate others on the process.
“After getting a piece of the better fiber here, join a tight-knit community that makes everything a-crochet,” Cora Dickey phrases.
Needle and thread are back as a trend at Spun. Cayenna Hanna started this business to teach people something that can become a great new hobby.
Her shop is meant to give people of all ages a space to create and grow among each other.
“Those are my motivations:” Cayenna Hanna shares, “it’s to keep people coming together to work on their craft, keep people interested in learning new things, and just making fun projects.”
Spun has materials for your design at rent and purchase. You can schedule one-hour lessons at 15 dollars and join quilting circles on Fridays.