I’ve spun my first 200 yards of yarn on the new wheel! I’m calling this one “Filigree”, after my favorite jewelry technique: twisting together wires of precious metal into loops and whorls. I particularly like to work in silver, as it is soft and accommodating (for a metal). The strength and fineness of this yarn parallels the curves of filigree work. Or something. Honestly, five seconds ago I realized I didn’t have a name for it and came up with that on the spot.
Anyway, the roving is a mill processed blend of 90% suri alpaca and 10% tencel. The alpaca part comes from Archie, a friend’s alpaca. The mill doesn’t like spinning it, I think because it is very fine, so our friend gave me two years worth of the stuff to work with. Since I spin it super lightweight, the fiber is going to last FOREVER. I don’t feel like I’ve even put a dent in the amount we have. This whole 215 yard skein weighs barely 2.5 ounces.
I’ll see if I can collect some stories from the ranch, it’s been awhile since we’ve heard from the ‘pacas!