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Follow this Alpaca: Scythia


We moved from Denver to Wyoming almost 3 years ago.  One day I called Gordon to see how their move to the ranch was going.  “We have alpacas…” he said, as my brain scanned for “alpaca” – was it a … Continue reading

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This year’s roving is in!


Mom, Dad and Grammy drove the new roving up to Fort Collins for me on Friday! I was so excited, I sat down and spun in the middle of a work day, in a completely not posed, spontaneous act of … Continue reading

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Estes Park Wool Market


The fam and I are headed up into the mountains this weekend to attend the 22nd annual wool market! If you are in Colorado, have an idle weekend and are even vaguely interested in fiber art and the warm cuddlies that … Continue reading

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Skirting


I think I’ve written before about skirting. It’s the one step we have to do before we send our fleeces to the mill. On Sunday, Mom and I skirted another seven fleeces. We start by laying half of the fleece on … Continue reading

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Conservation of mass


I’m stumped. It’s like an unsolvable word problem from grade school math. I start with 6 ounces of unspun fiber, intending to make 6 ounces of finished 2-ply yarn. I divide that roving in half, and spin a bobbin of singles … Continue reading

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(Insert yarn name here)


As you probably know, one of my favorite parts of spinning is coming up with an appropriate (or not so appropriate) name for my newly created yarn. Yet sometimes, I am just not inspired. This is one of those times. … Continue reading

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Random fiber word of the day: pilling


When short fibers work themselves out of yarn or fabric and are subject to abrasion, they form little balls of fiber called pills. No doubt you’ve noticed them forming on your favorite hat or sweater over time. Washing clothing inside … Continue reading

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Baa baa Brittany, have you any wool?


Yes, sir. Yes, sir, one bag full! Wait. Alpacas don’t go “baa”. “Mmm Mmm Brittany, have you any wool?” just doesn’t have the same ring though. Mom and Dad sent over pictures of our roving this morning! We have five bags … Continue reading

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Retroactive post: Dye Fail


Have you ever tried to dye? Without going into any mental health discussions, I can tell you I’ve tried to dye once. It did not go so well. I think it’s because you need at least a minor in chemistry to … Continue reading

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Veterans Day, word of the day


Happy Veterans Day, 11/11/11, and full moon! I’m going to be spinning grey yarn studded with silver beads this evening, in honor of the moon. And in honor of veterans, I think I’m going to have to give climbing guy, … Continue reading

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