I had the opportunity to go to a knit and crochet guild meeting on Saturday. I got to meet new knitters, and learn something I have wanted to learn for about a year now. You see, there was a wonderful spinner there who knows how to hand card. I had no idea that I would go to this meeting and learn to hand card, but she was eager to teach me. So we sat down and had a hand carding lesson, and then I was sent home with some angora and alpaca to blend. It was awesome! Let me show you what I made!
The white is angora, the blue is some slightly felted alpaca I believe.
I made these:
Pretty soft little birds nests of fiber. The white are merino and angora, the blue is alpaca and angora.
I couldn’t resist spinning the light blue, and I ended up with this:
It was just amazingly simple to spin! This was a very exciting lesson as I’ve wanted to learn for so long but was too chicken to try out my hand cards myself.
In additional spinning news, I began some superwash BFL from dyeabolical yarns. picked it more for its lofty smooshyness than for its color, but I am liking both. This spins up like a dream come true! It is super easy to draft, turns into the thinnest single if you just breathe on it, and somehow makes a squishy yet thin single. If I keep this up, I am going to end up with 3 ply laceweight rather than 3 ply sock weight!
I’ve got 1/3 done and I plan to complete 1/3 today and 1/3 Tuesday.