Archive for April, 2009

April is for……Alpacas!

alpacas

Alpaca has definitely been my fibre of the month this month. I was lucky enough to be able to visit  The Naked Sheep during our stay with my parents in Northamptonshire at Easter. It’s definitely worth a visit if you are ever in the area. The Apacas were lovely, and although I was disappointed that there wasn’t any fibre available to buy, I did come away with some nice laceweight yarn.

 lace weight alpaca

I finally finished spinning up the grey alpaca silk blend from World of Wool.  This was spindle spun. I started off using the ply on the fly technique, but  ending up finishing the rest of the fibre, by spinning singles, and then Navajo plying on my wheel.  I decided to make another Storm Cloud Shawlette with this. I really like the pattern, and can see myself making a few more of these.

alpaca silk shawlette

I’ve been doing a lot more spindle spinning this month – I got a lovely alpaca/merino/silk blend from LimeGreenJelly. I’m spinning this very fine – hoping to end up with a 2 ply laceweight

alpaca merino silk on olivewood spindle

Last but not least on the Alpaca front, my sister has requested another pair of wrist warmers. I met her in Loop (just around the corner from where she lives) and she choose some Blue Sky Alpacas Melange ( a nice tweedy DK weight).

I found a nice free pattern from Drops Designs . The yarn is slightly heavier than the recommended yarn, so it’s producing a fairly dense  fabric, but I quite like it like that. Here’s my progress so far.

wristwarmer progress