The Fiber Has Left the Building

At long last, our 2009 alpaca and wool harvest is sealed in boxes and has been moved to the back seat of the car for transport to the post office first thing in the morning.

I got the last little bit of gorgeous black alpaca picked today and once DD got home to help me, we squished all the air out of the bags and jammed them with superhuman strength into some donated cardboard boxes. (Thanks, Liz!) The chickens inspected my packing job while the boxes sat on the front walk.

It doesn't look like much, but it is really crammed in there - nearly 25 pounds worth. Some of it will be spun into yarn for our retail shop, but the majority of it is future shareholder dividends. And having so recently been up to my armpits in it, I can attest to its awesome softness and smooshability. I'm sure you're going to love it when it comes back. And when it comes back, are we going to party!

And speaking of parties, our October 17 Storytelling Day, "Spinning Yarns," is quickly approaching. I'm working on some cool music and some BBQ catering. I'll know more as time goes on. But it would be really, really helpful if you could let me know if you are coming and if you're bringing anyone. I want to make sure we have enough food and stuff to go around. You can comment here, or e-mail me or call me or whatever works for you and I'll start a list. This isn't a set-in-stone commitment, but just me generating numbers. Thanks!

I was so happy to get the fiber out the door, I had to knit a hat. I found this fun pattern on Ravelry and cranked it out. The pattern says three hours - I spread my three hours out over three days, but that's how I roll. I twisted DD's arm and she posed with the hat for me. It came out kind of big, so it might need some fulling, or maybe not. Maybe it's supposed to fit like this!


  1. Adorable hat. I'm sure that's the say it's supposed to fit. Just my opinion--but I think it's perfect. I'm excited to see what comes back from the mill. I think the chickens are too! :O) I'm going to have to either learn to spin or find somebody to spin it for me! I told myself I was going to spin everyday after my last spin "lesson," and I did for about 3 days, then it was sporadic, and now I haven't done anythin for a couple of weeks--I MUST get back with it.

  2. It's OK Mary - every day is a new day and there is no "deadline" about when and how you spin. Just enjoy it!

  3. Anonymous10:20 AM

    THANKS for posting the link previously to this hat pattern. I have some handspun just yelling out at me that it needs to be knit into this hat!

  4. I'm letting you know I'll be there at the Storytelling event on October 17. Pretty sure my wife and daughter will be there, too.


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