Yarn – Swirly tweed


If there is a yarn that captures that “classic alpaca yarn” look, this is it. It’s made by plying together one single that is two different colors (it’s called marling, see here for an explanation) and one single that is straight white. I run into yarns like this, down to the very color, nearly everywhere alpaca yarn is sold.

We like this yarn because it allows us to get the most out of our colored roving. The orange-y brown is Tulip’s fiber. She has very short hair, and is not as soft as our other alpacas. But the white fiber is from Morocco, who has a very thick, super-fine fleece. His fiber brings softness and bulk to the yarn, while hers adds color and structure.

It’s a match made in heaven. I named it “Swirly tweed” because it reminds me of vanilla and chocolate soft serve swirl ice cream. EVERYTHING, even the color of the paint on my craft room walls, reminds me of ice cream.

On a side note, my finger is gross-looking and ouchy, but I don’t think it’s broken. Anyway, not much anyone could do if it was.

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 Yarn – Swirly tweed

  1. You could splint your finger if it was broken- good for finger bad for spinning. I LOVE the choc and vanilla swirl of alpaca tweed. One of the first sweaters I made for Laura was this; although the warmth of alpaca sometimes fights with western notions of heating.

    • Yeah, I did the finger buddy splint thing and taped it to its next-door neighbor. It’s even worse for typing than it is for spinning, let me tell you. I could also pick up an actual finger splint I suppose. That would actually imobilize it instead of just sorta keeping it almost stationary.

  2. starproms says:

    Poor you. I can tell you are suffering. Perhaps bathe it in a cold water bowl? That might bring down the swelling. The yarn is lovely. I love to experiment too. How many g’s of yarn do you make of each type? You said you got bored easily but for making a garment, one needs a lot of yarn; that’s a lot of spinning.

    • You’re right, of course. It takes much more yarn than I have the patience to spin to make just about anything. I try to make 150 gram skeins, with at least two skeins per type of yarn. I like this yarn quite a bit, so I’ve gone into production mode. I’ve already made 2 full skeins of it, with a bit left over, and I’m shooting for at least 4 (total of 600 gs). I’m trying to spin 150 gs of finished yarn every night.

      The bruised finger is slowing me down. I iced it every 15 minutes the day I did it, and I do again every now and then as I spin in the evening. I’m still debating getting it x-rayed.

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