Yesterday we made a trip to www.thealpacaHacienda.com
One of my daughters has always dreamed of being a farmer. My other daughter has designs on trying everything this world has to offer, at least once! The perfect combination for a busy summer day.
We’ve seen the alpacas many times before. We’ve fed them, tried our hand at carding fleece into roving. And I not so secretly have requested that my farmer daughter have an alpaca for me to play with in my retirement years!
But yesterday was one of those special magical sorts of days. The breeze blew through Cottonwood trees overhead, we had the joy of sweeping hands over a brand-new, baby alpaca cria… Watched them line up for a good spray off, and nap in the sun.
And I feel I made a friend in owner, Beth, who had watched my little ones–specifically E, grow into a bright, curious young lady.
On our way out she let us grab a handful of fleece fiber To take home but I bet even not Even miss Beth could’ve guessed what happened next.
E came home, dog-on-a-bone, wanting to turn that ball of fleece into yarn.
Now I’m not one to tell her no, about something she’s so curious about. But have I ever done this? no. Do I have the first clue to start this project? absolutely not.
Those of you who know me know I’m trained as an archaeologist. I’ve had the pleasure of digging up spindle whorls made from broken pots, rocks, and lumps of clay.
i went to my store of craft items, and off we went to begin our adventure!
Now, she’s addicted to spinning yarn. I see this as an opportunity for taking “something I learned in minecraft into the real world!” (Her words)
That’s enough to make this mama eat to run out and buy an alpaca of our own!
Okay. Maybe not quite yet. Perhaps we’ll settle for a REAL spindle whorl and some ready made roving… Like we found at this Etsy store of the week!
So, what do we do now? RESEARCH!
Here’s a great video on how to use a drop spindle…
Because of course, E can’t wait for the delivery of the above spindle… so, we made one with odds and ends. And no, it’s not pretty.