New yarn type: bubble yarn

I’ve been spinning for about a year now. Like most people do, I started on a drop spindle. I stuck with that for months, going slowly but steadily, learning to love the feel of yarn created beneath my fingertips. Now I’ve upgraded technologies from the ancient to the medieval and I’ve got a wheel. I’ve been making pretty standard stuff, since by the time the skirting, sorting and carding is done, I don’t have the energy to be creative.

But Mom and Dad have taken over the pre-processing now and are experimenting with the carder.  So I get to spend more time spinning! Here’s what I’ve just made (details after the jump):

Purple bamboo silk/merino blend, plied with "Rosy".


I haven’t had much luck with dying so far, so I like to mix in other, dyed fibers with my alpaca fiber when I want a bit of color. This time I spun an ounce of very thin, very tightly twisted single from Frog Tree Yarns “Meriboo” roving. It’s 50% merino wool (which is my favorite sheep’s wool, I think it holds together nicely), 50% bamboo silk. I love working with bamboo silk because it is so luminous, and is also a fairly sustainable source of fiber! And the company is a good one, with grassroots community support programs in developing countries.

Then I spun around 2.5 ounces of very bulky, loosely twisted alpaca single. I’m experimenting with Rosy’s fiber, since she is not one of our alpacas. The people who sold us our alpacas gave me a few fleeces for free. As breeders, they hardly ever use all their fleeces! It’s shocking to me.

Anyway, I plied my two singles, holding the thin purple thread tightly and allowing the fat alpaca thread to wrap around it a little.

Bubble yarn

It's a bulky yarn, light and poofy but plenty thick.

I’m calling the result bubble yarn, because the thin thread cuts into the fat thread and makes it poofy.

About cliffhousealpacas

Once upon a time, my dad drove by some funny looking animals standing on little dirt hills in a field. Thus, the dream of an alpaca ranch was born. Now, we are embarking on a grand adventure of raising alpacas and becoming fiber artists.
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