Midnight Magic's Mystery and the Wonder Why Gal at AOBA NationalsAs for spinning...my Tour de Fleece momentum is still strong. I have completed a few more hanks of yarn for the Wine and Wool Festival Where I will be a vendor at tomorrow. Check it out, if you are in Jackson. Really, I've blogged enough about Wine and Alpaca to let you know that those two are a heavenly mix.
I have also been spinning a present for a fellow farm. 4 Musketeers Alpacas in Bellevue, Michigan co-owns my Huacaya herdsire, Midnight Magic's Mystery and they have been both great friends and an amazing farm to co-own an animal with. They've been in the industry just a few years longer than me and they are a wonderful resource when I have questions. I spin and they don't so I wanted to give them a little gift to thank them for being so awesome. I am using some of the fiber from our Mystery to make them some yarn they can use to display. His fiber is amazing both on and off him. His fineness, uniformity of crimp and brightness are all exceptional for being a four year old black male. If I get ambitious I might even knit a swatch up but...most likely they will get just the yarn. Most of his fleece is being processed at the mill but I saved a bit for this gift because this will be 100% Huacaya and I typically produce blends for sale.
4 Muskateers also have a herdsire who they co-own with another farm that is amazing. His name is Shiloh and I refer to him as the "Berber Carpet Boy" because of his density and high amplitude crimp. I asked if I could spin them yarn out of his fleece because I am curious how his fleece spins up because of the amplitude. Will it spin differently? Does it create a yarn more similar to wool because of the "air pocket" it will create? How does that extreme density and crimp that gets all those ribbons in the show ring transfer to the finished good? These are my questions.
Of all the Huacaya fleeces I've sorted or simply had my hands on during farm visits or shows, his is in a class totally different from most Alpacas. His strength is his density and crimp. His crias that are on the ground are unbelievable so I know he can bring it on. Working with both of their fleeces has been wonderful and educational. I'm not done yet so...I won't tell my verdict yet until I finish my own Spin Off competition which is involved 4-8oz hanks of yarn.
After the Angoras, today will involve more fiber sorting. I got behind due to the heat and humidity so I need to get back into my groove. What adventures or experiments in fiber arts did you have?
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