Really horrible and uneven yarn that probably can't be knit, but still... yarn!
The spinning class was "okay". They really had way too many students in the class and far too few functional spinning wheels. Erin and Leah came in to help out, which was really helpful for everyone in the class. Erin kindly let me spin on her Ashford Joy, which I possibly fell in love with a little bit. It's a cute little spinning wheel & really portable. Leah let me spin on her Majacraft Rose (I think that's the right model name), a really smooth wheel. I think they both deserve part of the class fees :)
Here's a close up, you can see my tension and/or speed was really uneven.
I think IF I were to get into spinning, I'd need some kind of "science of spinning book" because I'm totally not going to get it just by feel. I need to know the why in addition to the what. And knowing the how would probably help as well :) By the way, this is some raspberry blue faced leicester (BFL) wool that I bought from Adam of Yarn Nerd.
There weren't that many vendors of finished yarn at the show (lots of fiber vendors though!), but I did find more yummy local alpaca. Long Hollow Alpacas have suri alpacas and also run an alpaca fiber processing mill, New Era Fiber. They process their own suri fiber and also fiber from other alpaca farmers. I'm really excited to find more local fiber sources!
I bought this really pink huacaya alpaca:
Jan (from Long Hollow) helpfully explained that the big difference between huacaya and suri alpaca is that huacaya is what you would use for something warm and fluffy, while you use suri when you want a lot of drape. Along those lines, I'm thinking about combining the pink huacaya with some local alpaca I bought at a fiber festival last year:
Going for a sort of neopolitan ice cream combo :)
Jan also showed me this simple cowl she knit from the suri alpaca. The drape was amazing! All I really needed to do was touch the cowl before I decided I had to get some suri alpaca as well:
In a very non-Kim bright red. I'm going to need to find a super special project for this yarn, it's so pretty. I think you can see how much drape the yarn has when you're just holding it:
After the fiber festival, I came home and knit on a diagonal lace scarf that I started earlier this week. Pictures of that soon!