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I went, I froze, I stashed

Wendie and I had a lovely time at ye olde Fiber Event on Saturday. It was indeed cold as all getout. And rainy. And muddy. So yucky, in fact, that it seems that most of the animals stayed home and I didn't take a single picture the whole time I was there. So if you need your cute fleecy beasts fix, I'll refer you to last year's post.

Here's what I came home with this year:

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Fingerling wool/llama/mohair, Fleece Artist sock yarn.

My first purchase was some Fleece Artist. I found a lovely skein of sock yarn in shades of green. When Wendie started making covetous noises I absolutely knew I had to buy it. Sorry Wen. You know you have too much sock yarn already.

In another hugely cold corner of an unheated exhibit barn I found a whole shelf of yarn that was going for $1/ounce (which on one hand triggers my "wheee! affordable yarn!" response and simultaneously trips my "what aren't they telling me?" alarm). Most of it was pretty uninspiring, but I found myself drawn to a few lonely skeins of orangey 2-ply fingerling-weight wool/llama/mohair. And then I spotted the same yarn in a natural brown. So now I have 19 ounces of this stuff and no plan. Socks maybe? Anybody know much about llama? I'm going to have to swatch it up and see what sort of itch-factor it has.

More fingerling wool/llama/mohair.

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8 oz of alpaca-y goodness, 8 oz of Icelandic roving.

My favorite find was some really soft and lovely dark brown Icelandic roving from a farm right here in Bloomington. They've got a nice website where you can read about the sheep (my roving was a blend from Huldah, Saphira, and Shua). They've also got an amazing looking adopt-a-sheep program which gets you a whole fleece (raw, processed or as yarn), an adoption certificate, quarterly letters about your sheep, and a bunch of other stuff. I find myself sorely tempted.

The plan for this weekend is to regroup and get knitting on some of those UFOs. I've been a little lazy lately and have just been knitting away on some plain socks. *Yawn* Coming soon: more finishing! Less futzing around!


Lovely green yarn! I have been looking at some fleece artist sock yarn in the shade moss lately,I wonder if it is that shade?

I'm still making covetous noises. They kinda sound like snorts. Jay is a bit concerned.

And thank you, I would like to adopt a sheep now :|

Beautiful yarn! And that adopt-a-sheep is a fascinating idea. It really brings you closer to the source.

Lovely yarn! I don't know a whole lot about llama, but Spinning Spider Jenny had a post about llama and alpaca on her blog the other day... perhaps that will help you out a bit.

I NEED that skein of green sock yarn!! Hand it over. :)

Nice purchases lady! I've spun 100% llama, and it's a little hairy, but not real itchy. I made it into a shrug, so it's always over a layer. Good luck!

Nice yarn! I don't care if you're futzing, I'm just glad you're posting. I miss your blog when you don't!

Great yarn! I specially covet the green fleece artist

Adopt a sheep? That is the coolest idea ever. I would love to be able to say something like, "This sweater? Oh yeah, it's from my sheep Stanley..."

Ooh, that orange is so pretty. Nice stashing!

Llama is supposed to be the warmest yarn to wear, so it's good for oversize sweaters, scarves, etc.
I was just given a fleece to spin and will be spending the weekend picking out the gaurd hairs!

Oh, that yarn all looks lovely! The adopt a sheep program sounds so cool--I might have to ask for it for my birthday!

VERY PRETTY yarn!!!!

You may have had to dig around in the unheated barn, but that orange yarn--totally worth it!

Adopt-a-sheep! What will they come up with hext! You crazy Americans!

...scuttles of to see if she can afford a sheep or two...

Llama can be a very soft & warm fiber. The thing to watch for is that Llamas have guard hair & if the fleece wasn't properly dehaired it could be quite prickly. Spinning up a swatch should answer any questions about processing...I love that orange you brought home. If it's soft enough that would make some great socks.

I love the green and orange colors together like that! Very yummy yarn.

Adopt-a-sheep!!! Sign me up! The yarn looks fantastic. I couldn't pass up those great buys either!

Very nice purchases. I haven't even begun to dive into what I got at the fiber event...taking pictures would be a day long activity! There was some great stuff there!

By the way. Llama is one of the warmest wools. I just took a bunch of Llama fleeces to get processed at the fiber event, but unfortunately, I cannot say I've knit with Llama yet.

The adopt a sheep program is really ingenious! I am all for sheep farmers earning more money off their sheep.

Oh good god, *I*'m making covetous noises. Lovely purchases!

What great finds.

What everyone else has said about the guard hairs is really important. However, there are certain breeds of llamas and alpacas that do not have guard hairs in their coats.

The other thing to keep in mind about both alpaca and llama is that the fibers are almost completely straight and the crimp in the fiber is what allows wool to spring back to its original shape.

My guess is that if the yarn in 100% llama that socks would slouch terribly after just a little while.

I once knit a sweater from a yarn that has just 30% alpaca and the elbows bag after just a couple of hours of wearing.

I find that alplaca & llama are great fibers for things like scarves and shawls.

Maybe overdying is in order and a great lace scarf?