I have worked with the alpaca and come out on top. I have conquered, and I’m loving it.

A Bobbin of Joy

A Bobbin of Joy

It’s really weird how different it is from regular wool. I can’t think of how to describe it expect that it’s “buttery-er” than wool. It kind of slides along. I’ve been spinning it on the Walking Wheel.

The original idea was to try for a sport weight yarn, but I don’t know if that’s what this will turn out as. I spun a gazillion little samples to see what the best amount of twist would be. (And promptly forgot which sample went with which amount of twist.) But, the alpaca seems to be behaving, and I’m getting pretty good at separating out the coarser, slippery hairs. Wait, that sounds funny—how can something be slippery and coarse? . . . but that’s really the only way I can describe it.

I also finished blocking the blue merino-bamboo wrap. Isn’t it pretty?

Little Three-Petal Flowers

Little Three-Petel Flowers

Oh, and the Jester sock yarn is done. Sorry, that one slipped under the radar. I love the copper sparkles. (Which you can’t really see in this picture.)

More Sock Yarn

More Sock Yarn

I rather enjoy spinning sock yarn. You don’t have to figure out what to do with it once it’s spun.

And, last but not least, I started spinning the brown whatever-it-is wool that’s been sitting in my closet from clear back in August. I’m hoping to make it into a felted bag, so I’m spinning it in a long draw, light-and-fluffy yarn that should felt well. The only problem is that I miscalculated the twist on the first bobbin-full with the result that it’s not plying well. I’ll get just a little bit of ply in there, then BAM it’s over plyed. (And you know, I think I’ve been spelling “plyed” wrong. I’m going to switch to “plied.”)

It Dreams of Being Yarn

It Dreams of Being Yarn

And, on top of that, the yarn (which is very inconsistent) is getting too big to fit through the orifice. I think I shall go through and re-spin it. Thankfully I didn’t spin all the wool before I discovered this. Only half.

I’ve got the last of Daisy’s fleece soaking, pre-requisite to being washed. I think there’s a pound and half left. Not enough for a sweater, but I think it’ll make a nice, lacy shawl. Although I’m not sure about some of the fleece that went in. It looks a bit felted on the cut end of the locks, and the grease has hardened quite a bit. We’ll see what happens. The soaking water currently resembles a very strong mud-tea.

4 Responses to Sweet!
  1. Mama Mentor
    January 6, 2009 | 4:16 pm

    I’m so glad the alpaca is working out–it’s such a pretty color! Is the yarn soft too?
    And the blue wrap is gorgeous!

  2. Rebekah
    January 6, 2009 | 6:46 pm

    I haven’t plied the alpaca yet, but the single feels soft. :)

  3. Whitney
    January 7, 2009 | 6:05 pm

    Yes, the merino-bamboo wrap is beautiful. So is the sock yarn!

  4. Jody
    January 10, 2009 | 3:57 pm

    Alpaca can be a very tricky fibre to work with at times because it is so much slicker then wool. There is a very fine line with twist also. I am always experimenting with my alpaca fleeces on the best way to prep and spin.

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