Saturday, February 28, 2009

Hats by Ellie

Okay, if I wrote about socks... I must write and tell you about the incredible hats that are being produced by my mother, Ellie Hunter. She has found that she has a new talent at the age (of 70 something!). She knits, felts and molds that alpaca yarns into these very in-demand hats. They are thick and luxurious and always one of a kind because she hand makes each one. She uses antique pins to decorate each hat and although they are beautiful some people like them plain with the brim. Some are adorned with felted flowers or ribbons. One of the favorite hats is made from a gorgeous dark green iridescent alpaca yarn and embellished with a peacock feather from the peacocks on our farm. They grow them special for us. Once the courting season is over the peacocks conveniently drop their feathers and we gather them up to be sold in the farm store or put on a hat! That is what is so great about our killing! The alpacas are sheared (once the weather turns nice around here!), the chickens lay the eggs to be sold on the porch and the peacocks drop their feathers for hats and excited kids visiting the farm store. We are not self sustaining yet...but maybe someday!
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kathy said...

I have 2 of these great hats. One to do chores in and one to show off. Never have I been so warm as when I where one of these customiseable beauties! WARM WARM WARM - Order one for yourself today you won't be sorry! Kat

Alpaca Farmgirl said...

This is so lovely! Wow! Congratulations on a gorgeous alpaca product. Thanks for sharing it with us at Fiber Arts Friday!

Can't wait to see more. Love your blog.