≡ Menu

Chloe’s Journey to Spinning and Knitting a Hat

My love affair with knitting started years ago when I adopted my sheep, Maggie Belle and Yorick

Innkeeper Chloe Tuttle's handspun yarn will be knit into a hat | https://chloesblog.bigmill.com/spinning-and-knitting-alpaca-fleece

I was a graduate student at East Carolina University in  fiber arts, with a specialty in spinning and natural dyeing. I had lots of wonderful hand-spun yarn, but I never learned how to knit until friend Jody taught me a few months ago.

My first knit hat had lots of holes in it and another friend Mary suggested I sew on buttons to cover the holes. My mother saved everything – including buttons – so I have jars of buttons. Some of them still have pieces of fabric on them. The hat is adorable!

Lately I have been spinning wonderful Alpaca that was a gift from my friend Pepper. She has a herd of alpacas, along with many other critters. I know the alpacas who gave the fleeces, including one special guy named Oreo.

Hand-spun-knit-hat by Chloe | https://chloesblog.bigmill.com/spinning-and-knitting-alpaca-fleece

I made this hat on a 36-peg round loom using my hand-spun yarn. The hat is still “in the grease” or unwashed, making it water repellent. That would be good if I still lived on a sailboat. The dark red hat was knit with needles and those buttons are covering all the dropped stitches!

A big thank you to Pepper and her crew of Alpacas for the wonderful fleeces!

Alpacas getting ready for shearing, their fleece will be used by Innkeeper Chloe Tuttle | https://chloesblog.bigmill.com/spinning-and-knitting-alpaca-fleece

Pepper Etheridge with her alpacas

Alpaca is not sure he wants to participate in this shearing | https://chloesblog.bigmill.com/spinning-and-knitting-alpaca-fleece

“I am not sure I want to participate.”

Nervous alpaca ready to be sherared | Alpaca is not sure he wants to participate in this shearing | https://chloesblog.bigmill.com/spinning-and-knitting-alpaca-fleece

“This is making me very nervous.”

Innkeeper Chloe Tuttle's Hand Spun Yarn from alpacas | https://chloesblog.bigmill.com/spinning-and-knitting-alpaca-fleece

Hover over the photo. Click the “P” to PIN FOR LATER

Come see us at Big Mill B and B 252-792-8787

Note: Sadly we lost our sweet Pepper to Breast Cancer.
Chloe Tuttle Big Mill Bed and Breakfast near Greenville NC

Author: Chloe Tuttle

I am a farm girl who sailed the world, returned home to the family farm and opened Big Mill Bed and Breakfast. Join us for a quiet getaway 252-792-8787.

You Might Also Like

Roanoke River Rock Fish Stew Recipe The mighty Roanoke River is heaven for the Rock Fish Fisherman Rock fish – Striper in the Roanoke River – photo courtesy Capt. Mitchell Blake ...
Checking In A good friend and frequent guest at Big Mill Bed & Breakfast emailed me the other day to let me know how much she missed my blog articles. I was c...
Skylight Inn – Legendary Pulled Pork Barbecu... You can smell the vinegar & red pepper before you enter the door of the Skylight Inn in Ayden, North Carolina Since 1947, Pete Jones and famil...
Fig Jam Is Just So Southern Figs are so special - they are a real delicacy.   Fig Jam is oh so southern and such a treat!  This fig jam recipe actually uses less sugar than...

Get Fun

Enter email below and check your inbox for

next step.

 

 

Bonus Gift -

Chloe's Favorite Southern Recipes!

Updates