Follow the Fiber

I'm excited to report that the shareholders' fiber is skirted, picked, combined into pleasing blends, and bagged for mailing. We are also sending off some fleeces from local alpaca breeders to be made into yarns for our retail shop. The only thing that remains is to get the air squished out of the bags and to stuff those bags into boxes. Then our fiber will wing its way to Salt Lake City to Spinderellas, home of Meriwether, the cottage mill carder. Soon, it will be in the hands of Lynn and Jim, professional fiberistas, who will magically transform it into ribbons of spinnable roving.

Until then, all we have to do is wait. And while we wait, there are always lots of farm chores to do, other fiber to spin, and yarn to knit. Not to mention an uber-cool storytelling/spinning/knitting event on October 17 here at the farm, right?

Today at the regular weekly meeting of the Texas Twisters spinning group, several of the ladies were measuring off warps for a project they all saw and loved in the current issue of Handwoven magazine. I can appreciate weaving, but my experience and interest are limited to the more primitive weaving styles - tri-looms, Weave-It looms, and frame looms. These ladies are pros. I watch in awe.

So I spent my time plying the second of my two mohair yarns, and once that second skein is washed and dried, I'll have enough to knit an airy, light shawl, maybe to put in my booth at the Kid N Ewe fiber festival in November in Boerne, TX.

Tonight, however, as Queen of the Short Attention Span Project, I'm going to try this very cute slouchy beret pattern, from the blog of Crazy Aunt Purl. I'll let you know how it goes.

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