18 June 2011

Meet the Team - Nancy

After 33 years in banking in Auckland, London, Wellington and Fiji, we moved to Blenheim in 1999. While in Fiji we purchased our first three alpacas and had them agisted in Canterbury. Our first male born (Inca Sun) was the 1999 Royal Show Supreme Champion. Last year “Felix” was the Nelson Show Supreme Champion. We opened our B&B operations in January 2001.

Once the alpacas were shorn I had this dilemma about what to do with the bags of fibre you ended up with. I soon learnt that the fibre had to be very clean to be suitable for processing for the “craft industry”. To learn more, I joined the Marlborough Creative Fibre Guild. After about six months there was an AGM and lo and behold I ended up Treasurer! Currently I hold the position of Secretary of Marlborough Guild and Treasurer of the Nelson/Marlborough Area. Taking up spinning was a great challenge for me although I had knitted and embroidered from an early age and enjoyed sewing and other craft related hobbies. Now I also dabble a bit in felting, although I consider myself a lazy felter — I enjoy knitting the hat and then felting in the washing machine!!!

Nancy at Thames Festival. I am wearing one of my hand knitted cable alpaca wraps and one of my ‘lazy felted’ hats.
I like making small things like these baby wraps, 87% Alpaca + 13% Polwarth - handspun from 100gms of fibre
Nancy and Robin on their front lawn
Robina and Goldy
Grandaughter Grace wearing a suit I knitted for her.


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