Sunday, April 15, 2012

An Acorn For Theresa

My old friend Theresa, who taught me about microns and fiber quality years ago when I happened upon her alpaca farm and fell in love with her fiber, came over a couple of weeks ago and GAVE me a living room full of beautiful alpaca fiber (seriously - many, many fleeces) from her animals.  She retired from the business and wanted the fiber to be used and appreciated.  I am in awe of her generosity!  Here is the spectrum of fiber:
It's so lovely.  I'm doing a giveaway of 4oz on my Stash Enhancement Facebook Page, so please come join in the fun.

There will be jewelry heading Theresa's way!  She has chosen the Lady Half Dollar Pendant for herself, and her daughter has chosen the Heart Quarter Pendant.
Her daughter-in-law is going to pick something, too.  I’m going to spin and knit a color-progression hat for Theresa, but first I want to get to know the fiber.  Here are some washed locks.
I've organized samples into a binder, with info and notes on each fleece.
 I spun some yarn on a Spanish Peacock Wenge spindle...

...and knit a little acorn for Theresa.  I added the Perfect Knitted Acorn Pattern to my Ravelry Designer Page.  :)  At the time of posting this here, it has been downloaded 231 times.  Neat!
What fun!!!


  1. I'm so happy you've started blogging! I have noticed your handspun and projects in various forums on ravelry and am always blown away by the beautiful things you create and your awesome photography.

    What an amazingly generous gift to receive! The alpaca looks amazingly soft and the colours are great. I can't wait to see the colour progression hat.

    I would also love to hear more about your lock-washing technique. I doubt I would have the patience for it (I don't wash fleece in lock formation, just in a jumble) but I always love to learn about other people's techniques.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I am planning to write up a post about washing fleece. I've been washing a whole bunch, and I'll do that post soon. :)