Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Spinning: alpaca blend singles.
After many weeks of not spinning anything, I finished some yarn a few days ago! I bought the fiber at the festival this past spring: it's a 60/20/20 blend of alpaca, merino, and BFL. The vendors were from a group of alpaca farmers in Tennessee who pool their fiber together, so I guess this is almost local fiber? I'm not sure where the merino and BFL came from.
I started spinning the fiber for a demonstration last month, but then didn't work on it anymore until the last week or so. I spun it as a single, and then I fulled it slightly (using these instructions). Even though it's pretty fuzzy because of the alpaca content and fulling, there's a bit of shine to it from the BFL. The yarn is mostly brown, but has a bit of gray and dyed blue mixed in, too.
I ended up with about 250 yards of sportweight or very light DK. It'll probably become a shawl, but I don't have a pattern in mind (any suggestions?). Somehow I don't really have any neutral colored accessories, so I need to knit a couple before fall.