Friday, April 18, 2014
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Sunday, March 30, 2014
Each bag seemed to have a name written on it. This one had Vamil. It is absolutely beautiful. So crimpy.
Pulled out a hunk from the bag and this is what it looked like. Very cool. Kind of like an alien, but cool.
After I pulled it out of the bag and cleaned it over my lap I threw it in the plastic bin to card later.
Pleasantly surprised to see Michigan sand in my lap from fine tuning the fiber before carding. I was quite tickled about it. I knew 'dirt' was coming out and I expected it to, but up on closer inspection....SAND!
Saturday, March 29, 2014
So, here is the thing. I grew up with horses. Lots of 'em. They don't scare me. But, honestly, these critters kind of creep me out a bit. I haven't spent enough time around them to get familiar with their habits and little quirks.
Llamas on the left ~ Alpacas on the right. At the farm where I attend spinning lessons from Kate.
It's not Kate's farm it belongs to Susan.
Three bags full. This is alpaca fiber from a nice farm in Michigan. I have never spun alpaca before. I purchased a 2 ply hand spun hank at the Kentucky Fiber Festival a few years back and made a simple ribbed hat. This simple hat was the go-to hat for all heads in the household. It seems to fit everyone. M had taken to wearing it over her dreadlocks (when she had them). She had taken them out and was still wearing this hat when we made a run to Meijer and some how it became lost. Never to be found. This fiber was on sale due to the farmers moving south, so I thought I would give it a try and attempt to create the beloved Alpaca Hat. Of course, I will let you know how that turns out. My previous alpaca adventure is here.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Prepared Icelandic wool.
I was very excited for this class because when I first started knitting I watched the Elizabeth Zimmermann videos over and over and she seemed to use Icelandic wool for everything! So now I was finally able to meet some face to face. I really liked it. Alas, I had a really nice picture of the raw fleece and some samples that I had spun up and I lost it in cyberspace. :(
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
My wonderful spinning teacher, Kate, has her students try different types of wool to spin. I wasn't able to spin this in class, but she did save some back for me and I am now in possession of Cheviot, top and raw wool. I am looking forward to spinning this up soon.
Monday, March 24, 2014
This hat was great fun to knit. The pattern repeat was fun. It's my first hat that I didn't do a 2 x 2 ribbing. It fits great and is cozy on my head. The tassels were fun to make. I had never made the kind that you twist to create, which makes perfect sense. I purchased the pattern on Ravelry and you can too. It is called Norby. It's hard to put down once you start. Give it a try. It's fun AND easy. Disclaimer. It may not be as fun on commercial store bought yarn. Just sayin'.