Rain, Rain go away! With all this rain I expect there to be multiple rainbows once the sun returns. If not, there are several rainbows lying on the bed next to me as I write this blog post. Currently, it’s steadily raining and the poor chap just outside my window is vainly attempting to leaf blow the wet grass he just cut. I’d tell him not to even bother, but he doesn’t have much of a sense of humor.
Well, as far as I’m concerned, I am going to be inside today. I have several projects that I need to work on before I can finally play Minecraft. I’m determined to try out a new mod pack I just found and watching other people playing isn’t going to cut it on a dreary day like today. Wish me luck.
A Pile of Alpaca Floof
Last week I washed a bit of the black alpaca fiber I purchased from Stormwind Alpacas. Boy, are they messy creatures! There is still a bit of hay that should pop out while I spin this soft fleece. I took a little bit of what I had washed and blended it with some yellow and green dyed alpaca to create a few rolags.
I’m thinking I might try spinning the rolags later today just to see how the yarn will look. Next time I might just do each color separately with the black. I have quite a bit of the black alpaca so there will be plenty of it to play with.
What’s on My Bobbin?
After learning a valuable lesson in splitting rainbow fiber so it doesn’t look like a muddy mess, I found another rainbow braid that I spun several months ago. This was a much brighter rainbow and there are blocks of color, not long strands blended together. I spun the first braid with the intention of keeping the yarn as singles. This yielded 590 yards that I envision as a nice lacy shawl.
When I found that there was only one more braid of this fiber remaining, I had to buy it since the fiber is a fun and easy spin. This past weekend I took it with me to spin with my new spinning friends. I’m hoping that the spinning is close enough to the original that I can add it to the other single for an even larger shawl.
Rainbow Wishes Comparison
In Monday’s post I showed you the Rainbow Wishes hanging out to dry after I washed it. Today I just want you to see the difference in the spinning between last year and this year using the same fiber. I’m proud of how far I have come with my spinning. Last year I won a blue ribbon in the Farm Fair competition with what to me now looks less than stellar. I’m hoping for better results this year though I know I have some stiff competition from some of my new friends. 😉
What have you been working on these days? Are you stuck inside or is Mother Nature being kind to you?
Have an excellent day!