Amy Wood-McCroskie

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About Amy Wood-McCroskie

Amy enjoyed an active title insurance and real estate career until discovering alpacas in 1997. A passionate animal advocate and experienced fiber artist of more than 40 years, she raises alpacas in order to hand-spin, dye, knit, crochet and socialize with friends with fiber-related passions.

We Have the Most Wonderful Farm Visitors!

At the end of each day I can honestly say we have some of the coolest farm visitors on earth! During the daylight hours we have farm visitors that want to see alpacas and learn all things surrounding alpaca ownership. But the human farm visitors are only one piece of our lives. The spots [...]

By |2017-12-29T20:47:44+00:00April 19th, 2016|Amy's Reflections, Photography|Comments Off on We Have the Most Wonderful Farm Visitors!

My Littlest Love

There are times when thoughts creep into my mind and simply will not go away.  They totally nag at me to take action and continue to spur me onward until I act on the instinct, regardless of how foolish I might feel afterward. Late one night, one such wild thought hit me.  We normally feed [...]

By |2017-12-29T20:47:45+00:00December 16th, 2015|Alpacas, Amy's Reflections|Comments Off on My Littlest Love

Dyeing with Wild Goldenrod

Using Wild Goldenrod as a fiber Dye I truly love using wild, natural plants for dye. Experimenting with common pasture plants can be so rewarding, especially if it’s a brand new adventure with plant material you have never used to dye with before. Yes, it is easier to purchase commercial dyes but where is [...]

By |2017-12-29T20:47:47+00:00October 19th, 2015|Alpaca End Products, Dyeing, Hand-Spinning|Comments Off on Dyeing with Wild Goldenrod

Photobombed. Again.

Back in the day, I used to pride myself with photography and camera skills.  I practiced taking hundreds of photographs of leaves, trees, sunrises and sunsets, clouds and anything else that would stand still long enough for a photograph.  It was easy.  And it was fun.  Then I bought alpacas and the fun really began! [...]

By |2017-12-29T20:47:48+00:00August 26th, 2015|Alpacas, Photography|Comments Off on Photobombed. Again.

The Fiber Studio

Completed in June, 2013, my new fiber studio really is a dream come true in every way imaginable!  It required a lot of thought and a lot of planning but it has become a much needed "retreat" in my hectic life.  It's a place where creativity takes over and where passion fuels the flames of production. [...]

By |2017-12-29T20:47:48+00:00August 26th, 2015|Dyeing, Fiber Processing, Hand-Spinning, Knitting & Crochet|Comments Off on The Fiber Studio

Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty

When we moved to this property in 2002, we literally had to cut through eighty years of wild forest to create pastures for the alpacas and in order to build barns near the existing home and its surrounding yard. We often heard unsettling nightly noises in the remaining forested areas that made us wonder what [...]

By |2017-12-29T20:47:49+00:00August 25th, 2015|Amy's Reflections|Comments Off on Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty

Picking and Blending During Fiber Processing

I had an awesome adventure in the fiber studio today! Although I have been commercially processing various fleece types and fibers for a very long time, I am always watching and listening for new ways to share my passion with others. In the process of creating meaningful and educational articles, I find fun new ways [...]

By |2017-12-29T20:47:49+00:00August 20th, 2015|Fiber Processing|Comments Off on Picking and Blending During Fiber Processing

After the Fleeces are Washed

I wash a lot of fleece here in the fiber studio. With a large herd of alpacas, the annual clip ranges from 800 to 1,000 pounds of fleece each year. In order to process that much fleece, there are obvious steps to be taken in order to make final, high-quality end products. Washing the fleece [...]

By |2017-12-29T20:47:50+00:00August 20th, 2015|Fiber Processing, Hand-Spinning|Comments Off on After the Fleeces are Washed

Fleece & Fiber: Picking and Blending

it Starts with the Fleece! This is what 12 pounds of 100% alpaca in medium brown looks like when the picking room is filled to overflowing! Like me, many of my friends process fiber and fleeces at home with cottage industry equipment, then hand-spin their own yarn. I really enjoy being able to process [...]

By |2017-12-29T20:47:51+00:00August 18th, 2015|Fiber Processing, Hand-Spinning|Comments Off on Fleece & Fiber: Picking and Blending

The Sippie Cup Surprise

I am so blessed to have a grandchild in my life. Now that my own children are adults and they are enjoying their own lives and successes, it affords some very special time to spend with our grandson, watching his personality develop. It is sincerely an awesome experience and we cherish each moment spent with [...]

By |2017-12-29T20:47:52+00:00July 24th, 2015|Amy's Reflections|Comments Off on The Sippie Cup Surprise