Yesterday was a perfect day to spin outside and whatever I left behind was a gift to the birds for their nests.
I have plans to make a pair of leggings for a friend in South America, where it is almost winter. She wanted grey. Amazingly, I don’t have any grey yarn but I had grey roving and I spun it up into a worsted/bulky two ply. Not my best effort but I have let my spinning wheel languish for far too long. In order to wind a skein of my new yarn, I had to take a skein of Blue Faced Leicester/Alpaca blend off the bobbins. It is luscious and I have tons of it.
I think I bought a pound of BFL roving and I distinctly remember buying the alpaca fleece. There are several breeders in the area and when I saw an ad for alpaca fleeces I headed out to the address. To my surprise, it was a chiropractor’s office. I walked in and approached the receptionist. As if I was engaged in an elicit trade, I quietly asked if I was in the right place for an alpaca fleece. Sure enough, she pulled 3 bags full from behind the counter and I paid with my credit card. I cleaned it and carded it and have been gradually spinning it. I plied it with the BFL and think I’ll either knit a soft, cushy warm garment from it or use it as weft for a blanket. After I dye it. Perhaps with the lichen I have been collecting.
My braided rug is coming along. I tore strips from several old sheets and it will make a great rug for one of the bathrooms. I began with an old table cloth in the middle and it wasn’t the right weight or material. But it will remain as a reminder.
This little dress is on the needles and the baby has been born. It’s the Clara dress and is an easy, knit, great for meetings and travel.