It’s a very small skein of wool. It took me three weeks to spin. I probably won’t be able to knit anything out of it. (What can you do with 10 yards of wool anyway?) But oh, the things I learned while spinning it!
First, mohair is slippery, but manageable if worked from roving.
Second, alpaca would much rather fly away on a cloud than be bound and spun into a yarn. Blending helps.
Third, even though alpaca does not have the lanolin that sheep’s wool does, it is much more enjoyable to work with after it has been washed. (Extensive washing is not required. A good soak to get rid of the dust is all that is needed.)
Fourth, practice makes perfect. By the end, I had quite a good rhythm going.
Fifth, I love to spin!
So, what is on my spindle now?
Well, I have 2 spindles (not counting the plying-only spindle), so naturally I have 2 projects.
Project #1: More of the brown Shetland roving. This is being spun on my new top whorl (no hook) spindle. The spindle wobbled at first until I got a good length of yarn wrapped around it. Now it spins like a dream – a fast dream.
Project #2: Since I’m still nervous about washing and prepping the llama (it’s precious to me), I thought I would practice some more on the alpaca. This is Buddy’s wool that is being washed in the basin. I plan to blend it with ever more of the brown Shetland roving.
Even though I have a butterfly living in my tomato garden that flies all around me when I water my plants, my blog title wasn’t referring to her (him?). I was referring to the butterflies in my stomach. I always get them right before I publish a new pattern. You see, my Christmas tree skirt pattern is complete. It has been tech edited. By the way, if you are a fellow designer and have been sitting on the fence about hiring a tech editor, allow me to push you off. Hiring a tech editor was one of the wisest business decisions I have made thus far. First, my tech editor caught several mistakes in both my charts and in my written instructions. Then, she took the layout I had and spit-shined it. It gleams now. I’ve never been so proud of a pattern. (Of course, I tend to say that about every pattern I write).
Still, I’m nervous. Will people like it? Will people hate it? Will the newness wear off and leave it as dull as a rock? Time will tell. It goes live soon – very soon.