Archive | April, 2015

Llama Blend

27 Apr


I finished spinning the llama blend fiber I purchased a couple weeks ago. I have plyed only 2 of the 4 ounces. The picture above is before washing/soaking. I hope I have enough for gloves. That skein is only 68 yards. That’s not much yarn for 2 oz. Maybe it will be a hat or headband instead!


Another Spinning Project

24 Apr

I picked up this “peculiar” fiber at a recent trip to a fiber shop.

I say its peculiar because it is 80% llama, 10% merino and 10% silk. It’s the llama that’s unusual. Huacaya alpaca and Suri alpaca are common fibers, but I always heard llama was not fiber that people spun with. So I thought, “What the heck? I need to try this!” 

It’s spinning up easily enough.


It’s really hairy like mohair. I don’t know how I’d like it around my neck in a scarf, so I think I will two-ply it and make gloves and a headband out of it eventually.  

Some Spinning

23 Apr

I’ve been doing a little bit of spinning. 


This is from Romney roving I purchased from an Etsy shop. I dyed it with food coloring and Kool-aid. The yarn is very bright green! It kind of goes from bright to light green, but it’s subtle. I divided the dyed fiber in half lengthwise and thought I got it pretty even but one skein has more than the other. I think I want to make some spring/summer lightweight slippers from this. 

Rambouillet Targhee Fleece

20 Apr

I purchased a lamb’s fleece from a farmer in Montana a month ago. It was a Rambouillet Targhee cross and was priced at a great $25 for the entire fleece. I can’t remember the weight but I thought it was a great deal. However…. There’s always a however…. I paid $18 shipping – bringing the cost up to $43. And, because it’s the fleece of a lamb, it’s full of vegetation – heavier than most full grown fleece. I washed about 4 oz last night, but need to rewash some of it because it did not get all the way clean. I got up early this morning and picked and carded what was dry and ready and it came out beautiful! Here are raw and combed pictures.


Rambouillet is supposed to be the French version of merino. This fleece is softer than anything I’ve worked with yet. I’m just going to have to be patient and realize that I’m going to have to take my time and it will be worth it in the long run. 

What A Busy Week!

19 Apr

We put a lot of miles on our car this week!  I went to a conference and a meeting, we had two away softball games, and two trips to the suburbs to bring our son home. Every day and every night we had something going on. The spring is usually packed full of stuff and this spring is shaping up to be as hectic as ever.

I only knitted a partial gusset on one sock.


I think I’m finished with my Suri Alpaca spinning and am ready to ply the last skein. I let that sit a day and spun and plyed some dyed Romney that I had.


I got 2 of the 4 ounces spun and n-plyed. I forgot how nice and relaxing it is to spin commercially prepared  roving. It would take 3-4 days to prep, card, and spin 2 oz of the Suri fiber.  

Today, my 14yo daughter and I are going shopping for a graduation dress. My patience will be tested…. 😀😁😝

A Busy Week

15 Apr

I have something going on every day and night this week! Monday I worked all day then had to return for an open house 5-7pm. Only 4 potential students stopped by during that time but I think all 4 will enroll in the networking program in the fall. Last night Gianna’s travel softball team had a double header in a town 40 minutes away. She played very well (pitched a great game and had a stand up double that was a screamer to deep center field) – but they still lost both games. It was their first outing of the season and they played against a very good team. Oh well….

Tonight I have to go set up for a conference that I’m attending tomorrow. And on Friday, I’m at a meeting an hour away! Sheesh! No rest for the weary!

I’ve been plugging away at my Fibonnacci socks…. Slowly….


Both socks have the legs and heels finished. I’ve adjusted my tension to be looser for the stranded knitting and it is working out. I’d estimate I’m only a third done. I have the gusset to do which seems to take forever, and the foot. I have only been knitting for 1/2 hour in the morning due to the busy schedule. These socks will not be done any time soon!

Suri Alpaca

10 Apr

I’ve been SLOWLY spinning Suri Alpaca for about a month now. It’s from a raw fleece shipped to me from an alpaca farmer in California. I hooked up with this farmer through a Facebook group where farmers and spinners can exchange unfinished fiber with finished yarn. The fleece is usually divided equally between the two participants.

I’ve never spun Suri alpaca and this was quite a challenge to say the least. The singles are not my best work but I’m happy to report the the sport weight 3-ply is pretty nice looking. And, if you’ve never felt Suri Alpaca, it’s very soft and silky. So far, this is the only picture I have – on the scale before one of the skeins went into the bath water.


I’m glad to see that Weight Watchers scale is getting some use! Lol

 Still have quite a bit more to do on it. I don’t think I’ll do another trade. It’s more pressure than I like. You have a time frame to spin it in. And I really don’t think I’m experienced enough with raw fleecE prep to be doing work for others. I hope she is pleased with the final product once I mail it to her. I’d knit with it… 🙂