Ahh, feels so much cooler!

Today we were on our way into the city for some boring ol’ groceries when we saw that the alpaca farm was having an open house for shearing day. I’m so glad we stopped in!

One Alpaca, Two Alpacas

I got a drop spindle with some roving. It’s been a riot playing with it tonight. I’m not very good at it, but it’s fun. I also got to try spinning on a wheel for the very first time ever! Now that was amazing!

Mass confusion as I was plopped into the chair by the most wonderful lady who was demonstrating as she told me, “Sure you can do it! You won’t hurt the yarn!” I hurt the yarn. I broke it … twice. There was a crowd of people standing around watching me (where had they all come from?) … and I panicked for about 5 seconds … but they were all laughing with me and I was falling in love.

In about 30 seconds, I had made yarn!  Real, live yarn.  It was about 4″ long.  I don’t think that’s a record, but this was new and I was so excited.  I’ve watched spinners spin, and have often become mesmerized by it.  It’s like watching fire in reverse.  Or something like that.  But doing it … all those things at once, what a difference.

Spinning wheel, spinnin' round ...

My foot was pouncing and I had the wheel spinning the wrong way.  “Oops!” this very jovial, generous woman said to me over and over as she saved her poor yarn.  She couldn’t possibly have found it all as much fun as I had, but she put on a terrific act!  (No, she was genuine for sure!)  I only wish I’d gotten her card to share her name.  I meant to grab one, but by that time I had the drop spindle in my hands and was eager to get home and play.

I’ve since spindled a few yards of yarn.  At this point I can’t actually say that I have yarn, because I don’t know.  Don’t have a clue if it needs to be plied first’ or is it already yarn?  I just know I’m having fun with it.

Good thing … because it’s going to take a very long time to have enough yarn to crochet with.  But man, I made yarn.  Real, live yarn.


First KnitPicks Order

I ran down to the post office on Thursday morning hoping the yarn from KnitPicks for the Capricious Ruffle shawl would be in, but … so sad … it wasn’t. I resigned myself to having to wait through Easter weekend for it. I don’t do patience well.  I came home, tracked it, and found out it was still in Kitchener, west of Toronto and beyond.  But my husband came home around 4pm and he had the package with him … happy dance!  (Out of curiosity, I tracked it one more time and sure ’nuff, it was supposedly still in Kitchener.)  So here it is:

KnitPicks Shadow

It’s KnitPicks Shadow, Hot Rod, in laceweight merino.  (And that’s the tester shawl underneath it, along with my favourite 3.5mm hook.)

This is my virgin laceweight wool project, so I’ve nothing to compare the yarn to.  It’s not as soft as I’d imagined it would be, and the thickness ranges anywhere from a smidge finer than laceweight up to fingering weight – there’s no consistency to it, and I don’t see much heathering, if any at all.  YET I LOVE IT!  It suits me to a ‘T’, and most importantly, it suits the shawl.  I do hope to, one day, see it made in other fibres.