For the past year I have been wanting to get my hands on fiber and learn to spin. I've thought about it....talked about......but made no time to learn it. So for my birthday this year my oldest daughter and I decided to spend the day at a wonderful alpaca farm learning everything we could about spinning.....It was amazing for two reasons....first because I am so blessed to have a daughter who also has a passion for handmade and does not mind hanging with her mother......second it was a full day of playing with fiber and making one of my most favorite things......yarn!!!!
Hidden Pastures is a beautiful place and Natalie and Pat were so friendly and such great teachers! We learned all about the different wheels and then the different fibers and then we started spinning. I must tell you that Emily took off faster then I did.....she really was a natural, but I soon got the hang of it and it was all I thought it would be and more! We spun then we plyed then we spun some more! Stopping only to eat yummy treats!
Do notice the gorgeous shawl my daughter is wearing.....she loves lace knitting and it's one of her favs!
Emily and I both spun on a double treadle ashford traveler wheel.......and we loved it! We started on a single treadle traditional but the double treadle is definitely the one for us. So of course this little beauty now resides beside my wood stove at home ready for me to practice....practice.....practice! Happy Birthday me!!!!
Our yarn was not perfect....very artsy we called it! We still need to give it a bath and then maybe dye it.....not sure yet if I want it natural or not. We spun wool first and then pure alpaca which was really hard....so I'll be sticking with some wool blends in the beginning!
This little guy is Zak the yak and Natalie will be getting fiber from him this spring.....his coat is amazing!
Their were alpacas everywhere you looked! This was the best Birthday ever and just the perfect day! Oh and I managed to get my little scarf blocked this week I really love this yarn and the colors are so fun!!
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