Serious knitting has been put on temporary standby – I’ve been a little distracted with all the other fibery pursuits…
There has been spinning – 2 skeins of Merino, in varying weights.
There’s been carding and more spinning. I was playing around with blending colors in the carder. This is fiber from a black alpaca – IttyBit, and a white alpaca – Franchesca. The black fiber was very hair-like, and the white very downy so I hoped they would balance each other out.
The resulting yarn is very fuzzy, but quite soft. I spun the single very gently, then added lots of twist during plying. The final product is very strong and dense, and like most 100% alpaca yarns, rather heavy for it’s diameter.
Still not sure what I’ll do with this stuff. The black is not soft enough to wear on the skin, but it could make a sturdy outerwear fabric.
And finally there’s been dyeing. KnitPicks Bare fingering weight, handdyed in the Crockpot. Love how this came out.
Knitting next time.