On Saturday I returned from seeing a play with one of my housemates to find this in the living room.
Earlier in the day I’d been to the local Spinners, Weavers and Dyers Guild meeting in Stocksfield and over heard one of my friends talking about a woman who had a field of Alpaca for no other reasons than her love for them. My friend was telling another woman that she’d been put in touch with the alpaca lady becasue she had lots of fleece that she didn’t know what to do with. When my friend headed up to meet with her she was taken into a large shed and from the sounds of it as she entered she was pretty much facing a pile of these alpacas entire lifes worth of fleece. She was given a few bin bags full and told to pass them on to her friends also.
On hearing this story I was very excited, not only about the fleece but also about the woman herself. I’ve asked for her detials and would like to head up there myself so can chat to her about keeping alpaca.
I assumed my friend had either given away all the fleece or was keeping what she had left for herself (as I would do!) so I’m sure you can imagine my delight when she said she had one last bag which I could have if I wanted it. Inside I was screaming “Yes give it to me!! Take me to your home now and we’ll pick it up this second!!!” thankfuly I said “Oooh, yes please! That would be lovely. If your sure you don’t want it.”
The bag didn’t stay closed for very long and the second it was opened I was calling everyone into the living room to touch it. One of my housemates asked if we could tip it on the floor and roll in it, which I concidered until I realised that might mean some of the fibre was lost onto clothes or would be hoovered up. It’s so beautiful, I think I have a jumpers worth, though I don’t think my spinning is up to the challenge yet.
In my last post I promised you a hat, here it is…
It was a very quick knit, I really enjoyed it. Great for TV knitting. Will be making it again.