Last week was a fun week of white-knuckle driving...black ice, then deep snow, frozen mounds of slush on the highway. (Note to self: if I'm worried about getting out of the driveway, I should perhaps stay home.)
Winter has arrived and, if history repeats itself, it will stay for 5 months. I better get used to it.
It's time for me to look in the mirror and say "Suck it up, buttercup".
Here's my latest handspun, handpainted, homegrown baby alpaca yarn on my umbrella swift.
I can usually achieve a nice balanced handspun yarn. This latest spinning project was a challenge. I was using up some wonderfully soft cria fleece that unfortunately had a lot of second cuts from shearing and VM (vegetable matter like hay and twiggy things) in it. I wouldn't sell that fleece because of that but the fibre itself was way too lovely to throw out (after all, my little cria spent a whole year growing it). When you start with 'problem' fleece, even with careful preparation, it's hard to end up with rovings that just glide through your hands at the spinning wheel. While spinning, I had to keep stopping to pick out clumps of crud. Then, I decided to use my electric spinner, which I am still getting used to, to ply it. I ended up with yarn that almost has the appearance of a boucle yarn...not what I planned but I think it will still create two shawls or large scarves for a couple of people that I love. I'm excited to start those knitting projects.