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red

Have been working on that red alpaca.  I decided to spin it up before hitting it with more dye to get the shade of red I wanted.  I decided to go for a fine low twist single because life is too short and precious to spend it spinning up that much yarn and plying it.  Its for a delicate lace shawl so skewed knitting wont be an issue neither will be heavy wear.  Although alpaca can felt and look a bit ‘grungy’ (you know like dreadlocks) I don’t plan to give this the full fulling treatment so its a risk that I am prepared to take.

So this is the full bobbin

Alpaca lace weight single on bobbin before dyeing
Alpaca lace weight single on bobbin before dyeing

as you can see its not red but I am chuffed with it look how fine it is (does that make me special – erm no).

Aplaca laceweight single
Aplaca laceweight single

I then skeined it off (its just under 600m).  I dyed it again this time going to 2% DoS and heres what we have to work with now thats better.

Alpaca laceweight single full red
Alpaca laceweight single full red
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Welcome to the Fibre Workshop

I’ve been thinking about blogging for some time and, recently being given the luxury of a bit of free time, now seems to be the time.

Also, my significant other suggested that it might be time for me to seek a wider audience for my obsessive compulsive talking about yarn.  Yes, I had noticed the glazed expression as I excitedly rub my latest experimental efforts all squooshy and mooshy in his face.

So fibre is a big subject, what do I talk about?  What do you want to know?  I’m already feeling the pressure to come up with something good.  I suppose a good place to start is a list of the three things I’ll be talking about:

  1. Spinning – I spin. It’s a compulsion.  It’s my greatest pleasure (almost).  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but it’s always, always completely absorbing.
  2. Adventures in colour – I dye my own fibre and undertake intrepid experiments in colour and texture. Getting batty with the carder.  Sometimes it comes out awesome other times not.
  3. Knitting – I knit mostly from my own handspun yarns so experimental is the key word here. Sometimes it turns out good sometimes it goes wrong.  I think I must knit every project three or four times over before it’s finished.  I will be talking about my adventures with needles.  Recently I’ve got into top down construction and that, my friends, has been a revelation!

From the list you’ve probably noted that I am somewhat of a control freak.  I like total artistic control when it comes to the yarn I use for my projects.  This often comes from a picture in my head of what I want to end up with and the only way to do that is to start with the raw material.  I will be taking you along with me in my adventures in fibre.  I make mistakes, many and often, but that’s the wonderful nature of experimentation, there is always something to learn and sometimes it’s incredible.  I hope to pass on what I learn from those experiments in fibre.  In the meantime you might like to look at some of my projects on the projects page.

I can’t wait to get started but I’ve got a workshop to build, a batt of gorgeous purples, greys and black BFL/Alpaca/Seacell batt that I’ve just taken of the carder that just needs spun into a corespun yarn and then there’s that red alpaca lace shawl for my sisters birthday that I really, really need to crack on with…..

I will get back to you and tell you about it later.