(Well, it got your interest)
At our annual garage sale at the knitting guild in May, where one exchanges some of your stash for other people's stash to keep for awhile, I promised myself I wasn't going to get anything, simply because... well, I really don't need anything. However, I wouldn't turn down an irresistible bargain, you understand?
There really wasn't anything that caught my eye, so that was good. A few magazines and pattern books that were for free were interesting, but overall, I already had everything I wanted.
There was a bag of fibre though. It was black. The girl that had it is a spinner, but she said she just didn't have the time for it, and needed to move it out (to make room for other things, you think?) and it was at a reasonable price. It was labelled "alpaca". Well, it did feel nice, and I haven't spun much of it lately, and... Well, I resisted!
After sitting and chatting with some ladies, I kept thinking about it. I could hear it calling to me! No one else seemed to be interested in it, and I went up for a last look. And I felt very frivolous at the last moment, and what the heck, I purchased it!
Okay, I started spinning some as soon as I got home, because I had to find out what it was like. And it was great! I loved it! It wanted to spin fine -- it told me that -- and I obliged.
Eventually I had enough to ply and did so. It made a lovely skein, 2-ply this time, and as it hung in front of where I work at home, I kept looking at it while spinning more. It was really gorgeous and I loved looking at it. All kinds of ideas were going through my head as to what I would do with it, but there was still time. All the while I was dreaming, I was spinning away on my spindle, watching movies or listening to music.
It took an entire long evening to spin one cop, and over 5 hours to ply one skein! What could one charge for this, if one wanted to sell such a skein?
So as always happens in situations like this, I came to the bottom of the bag, and there was no more! I had spun up the whole bag of it! That was so sad. I really enjoyed spinning this. I made several skeins, and washed them at the same time, and hung it all to dry. In total I have 6 skeins, weighing in at 518.6 gm. That is over a pound. I think I have about 200 m per skein, although that varied. Still, quite a lot!
I still have no idea of a project, but I think it will be lace. And maybe some beads this time. I have several designs that will be good candidates. Just to get started.
At the moment, I'm going through some withdrawal. I miss that alpaca! I have some merino/silk that I could work on, which I would love, but it just isn't calling to me very loudly quite yet. I tried doing a swatch for a neck-scarf I had seen in my head, but it is not holding my interest. *sigh* This is always such a painful period.
Anyway, you can see a pic of the skeins in my album: