I decided to try spinning a new-to-me fiber today, alpaca. The fiber I have, from Wonder Why Alpaca Farm, is a 70/30 blend of Suri alpaca and Merino wool. It’s pencil roving,
and very easy to draft. The fiber contains a small amount of VM (vegetable matter), which is normal in fiber that has not been heavily processed. I just pick it out when I come to it. I thought alpaca might be challenging to spin, but so far this fiber has been a delight.
I am using the new high-speed pulley I bought for my Schacht Ladybug from The Woolery. The singles I’m spinning are very thin, and I will end up with a lace-weight 2-ply. I also want to spin a little bit of the alpaca on a spindle, just to see what it’s like.
I also did some plying today. I used the Lendrum for the plying, and it was my first time using the Lendrum tensioned lazy kate. I really enjoyed the plying. It went more smoothly than any plying I have ever done, and I think that is mostly due to the Lendrum kate. Unlike the tension on my Ladybug on-board kate, the tension on the Lendrum kate can be adjusted. I was able to set it so that the bobbins spun freely without any backspin, and that made the plying smooth and easy. The singles were spun from a Loop Bullseye bump that is Corriedale with a little angelina for sparkle. I spun the singles on the Lendrum, and they are a little thick and thin. But overall I am very pleased with how the yarn turned out.
Finally, I spun up the third bobbin of the Sunset Fibers BFL that is destined to become a 2 x 2 cable yarn.
It was a very productive day.