Gold Vein


Despite a couple of migraines, it was a productive weekend for me. I did a “media fast”, and didn’t watch tv, play video games, or get on the internet. Here’s my favorite product of all that spare time:

It’s 100% alpaca (from Marcello), plied with a variegated gold silk thread. Those gold beads from the bead spinner post are strung on the silk thread.

This is one of my favorite yarns I’ve ever spun, I think. It’s just the perfect amount of sparkly on top of a such a rich natural color. Plus, look at that twist!

I love it when I nail the twist. Too little, and the yarn looks kind of ropy and unfinished. Too much, and it has so much energy that it won’t lay flat. But this yarn is just right.

ooooo….I could name it “Goldilocks and the three alpacas”. Let’s see what marketing thinks of that one.

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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4 Responses to Gold Vein

  1. Jacque says:

    Really, really beautiful work!

  2. I ve never made a beaded yarn before and I d imagined the beads slipping along the single as I plied.

    • Making a beaded yarn isn’t intuitive, that’s for sure. I actually have a longer post on how I do it here. I don’t actually put the beads on the single, I put them on a thread. The thread runs through them as I ply, and every now and then I allow one of the beads to go through as well.

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