Wild About Fiber!

I recently took a trip to a Spinning Retreat in Florida. I was surrounded by my friends and had an absolutely glorious time. I also managed to get a lot of Spinning done and that always feels good. Somehow I never seem able to sit for 8 hours and just spin when I’m at home!

But that’s not really what I wanted to talk about today. What I really wanted to do was show you some fiber that I purchased while I was there. I know I said I was going to work on my stash and not buy anything for a while, but I just couldn’t help myself.

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It all started when I spotted some Wolf blend at one of the venders. My husband is a Wolf fanatic. And since he is always so appreciative of the scarves I make him, I thought I would get some and spin it up along with some nice Cormo or something and make him a scarf featuring the Wolf blend.

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Well… then I spotted the Raccoon blend and thought how fun it would be to get a bunch of exotic and wild fibers and create a Shawl with the yarns I would spin.

That’s how it began.

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In the end I had bought 7 rare breeds Sheep wool samples, Bison, Baby Camel, Yak, and Cashmere. I blame the Vender, Alpaca Joe. She had some really cool stuff. I couldn’t help it! She caught some of my enthusiasm and gave me a bit of Bison/Silk blend too! You can find her on Etsy. She sells beautiful hand knit items too.

Then I found one of the other Venders had some samples of Llama and several other unusual breeds of Sheep, including Jacob.

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On the last day of the retreat, Alpaca Joe had a drawing for some Possum fiber. I had my eye on that since the idea was conceived. Each purchase earn me a ticket, so is it any wonder – I won! So, some wonderfully soft Possum has been added to the pile!

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My plan for the shawl pattern is not fully formed yet. I need to spin everything up and see how it all plays together. I only have small amounts of each, but all total, I’ve got just over a pound. Of course most of the Wolf will go in my husbands scarf. I plan to add to the shawl from my own animals too. I’ve got a Gulf Coast Native Sheep and some Mohair and some Angora Rabbit that can go in the mix. It’s going to take me a while, but I’ll be sure to post as I go!

I’m going to call it “The Wild and Wooly Shawl”.

 

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3 Responses to Wild About Fiber!

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  3. Judi says:

    OOOOOOHHhhhhhhh how tantalizing to have a wonderful assortment of spinning fibers from so many different types of animals!
    I think you’ll have a lot of fun spinning and using your handspun yarns!