Another fiber combo that I hadn't tried before. 70% Dark brown alpaca and 30% white tussah silk. A truly great fiber blend. Not cheap at $5 an ounce, hence my only purchasing 2 oz. of it.
From a lovely small alpaca farm in Colorado. The two women who had the booth at the Pagosa Springs Fiber Festival were so awesome, I mentioned I had never spun Suri before, or on a Kromski wheel, and they pulled out some fiber, sat me down at the wheel and let me spin for quite a while! This is why I love fiber festivals. Meeting small fiber producers, the personal connection....I could go on.
Tonight is the spin night! I'm really excited about the possibilities of getting involved in the fiber arts community here. The two county fairs are also starting this weekend, and I plan to go and spin at the spinning booths a little bit too.
Anyways. 2 oz. of fiber became a 2-ply laceweight-fingering yarn. 167 yards, 15 wpi. Z-spun the singles and S-plied. After a plying mistake...I initially tried to ply the singles in the same (Z) direction that I had spun them. Took me a good 10 minutes til the lightbulb clicked. So I pulled the mis-plied yarn all the way back and re-plyed the correct way. No visible damage done, good to know for future reference.
I had started my fiber adventures here in the Four Corners before realizing how lucky I was to be in a place ideal for small fiber farming and rich with spinning and weaving traditions. From the Navajo with their churro sheep and famous rugs to the Spanish weaving centered around the Rio Grande Valley, it's a good place to be.