What I Never Did is Done

I’ve done it. I’ve finally done it!!

Now, for those of you who don’t know, I developed the name Blue Merino in honor of the first spinning project I ever made. It was a smokey blue merino top that I spun into about 20 single-ply balls that I left sitting around for about two years before I felt brave enough to knit it into an infinity scarf, this one to be precise:

I still have enough to make a matching ear-warmer, just haven’t done it yet.

Now, as you all know I am waiting on 4.6 pounds of alpaca fiber that I got from my aunt to come back from the mill blended with some merino top that I have to spin into roving. Well, I’ve been practicing spinning on this chocolate brown I’ve had laying around for a while

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Another first: I plied the yen this time. I didn’t have enough room to crack open the second bag, so I just went with what I had.

Sometime in the near future I’m going to get with one of my uncles who is a carpenter. As you can see, that spindle is running out of room, bad. So, he and I are going to cook up a better spindle for me 🙂

Also, my dearest daddy was kind enough to go with me to Home Depot to get some PVC pipe. Out of all the various knitting and crochet supplies i possess, my spinning arsenal is still lacking a wheel, drum carder, and a niddy noddy. Well, not anymore! Let me tell ya, the kid at the checkout was very professional when I tried to explain to him what a niddy noddy was, so, kiddos to him.

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That’s my dad. That’s a metal large he’s trimming the PVC pipe on so it’s perfect for me to assemble. He’s another good sport. And we’re using the lathe because he lost the hack saw.

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Here is the final product!! I already know the arms of it are too long, but I didn’t want to waste any pipe, especially since this was going to be a one time deal. This baby is a two-yard niddy noddy.

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Here it is. Two-ply, 100% alpaca. 40 yards!!!

It varies in thickness throughout, but I love it!!

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Deep in my bones, I feel like something magical just happened, and I just wanted to share this with you.

Have a blessed day!!!
Rach

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