Alpaca, My New Obsession

My sister gave this gorgeous chair to me over the summer. I was so pleased to find that it it the perfect height for my spinning wheel. I usually drag a chair from the dining room table, which is higher and much harder, and then my discomfort limits my time at the wheel. But now! I can sit and spin for hours upon hours (as long as no one needs their diaper changed or food or a referee for the fighting, which is sometimes what my job description seems to be. But I digress…).

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So, what fiber did I pull out of the stash for this momentous spinning marathon? Alpaca. Black, gorgeous, fluffy alpaca. Which I don’t have a picture of, so you’ll just have to believe me that the locks were long, kinky, and luxurious. And the yarn practically spun itself.

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I thought at the beginning that I was spinning a lace weight single, but, as fiber often does, this stuff told me it wanted to be 2 ply lace.

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TWO PLY LACE! Swoon.

I was so hooked on this alpaca that I wanted more, more, MORE. The stash, however, was pretty light on alpaca, so I had to go shopping. And I struck gold!

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This scrumptious alpaca is from WoollyDelights on Etsy (there is more if you want some!). I bought 12 ounces and spent the next few weeks spinning up this glorious, 2 ply lace weight yarn.

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Now I have a sweater quantity of handspun, 2 ply, alpaca lace weight in black and natural that I get to knit up into … what? I don’t know, yet. As I spun, I dreamed of a round yoke, color work sweater, but now I am leaning toward a large lace shawl. I know inspiration will strike soon enough. For now, I just like to pet it and rub it on my face and gaze at it lovingly.

Alpaca is a great fiber for spinning. I will most certainly be stocking the stash with more.

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