This week I got to attend a llama and alpaca yarn spinning class with my beautiful mama.
It was in a lovely old building in a beautiful, local river park. The instructor has been spinning and utilizing yarn for years, and was full of knowledge.
We started with freshly shorn llama and alpaca fiber.
She then taught us how to “card” the fiber to make it smooth and ready for spinning. This process used hard, wooden brushes with sharp teeth to pass the fiber back and forth until it was completely smooth and fluffy.
We then used hand spinners, which were very tricky to get the hang of. This process definitely seemed to require three hands instead of two! The trick was to keep the instrument spinning while managing the twist and pinching and pulling up above. We made “thick, thin” yarn which was a good thing, because of how tough it was to keep it all the same thickness. All this fine motor skills while holding the whole thing above your head and reaching below to keep spinning! I definitely aquired a new respect for how things were done in the old school ways of spinning yarn.
After the class, the instructor took us out to a local alpaca farm that the fibers we used in class hailed from. This little farm had horses, chickens, turkeys, alpacas, goats and sheep. It was such a delightful little slice of earth.
We even got to see how much fiber came from just a few of their alpacas-we definitely learned we would not need too many to fufill our family’s fiber needs.
It was a great class and I really enjoyed getting to learn how fiber was turned into yarn.
Our anxiously awaited barn is set to be trucked across the country this week. Due to a backorder on some of the lumber, it was delayed slightly.
This weekend I get to travel to Fulks Run, Virginia to the lovely Misty Morning Farm. I met the owners of this farm in Asheville at the Mother Earth News Fair. I am attending their Cow Milking Class and am super excited to learn more about their mini dairy cows. It will also be nice to get away after a very long, exhausting week. I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
I hope all is well with each of you. Thank you for being a part of my homestead!
Until next time…