I did not go, so he asked what he should bring home from Japan. My answer was Yarn, of course. I told him that only natural fibers will do... wool, alpaca, cotton.... absolutley no acrylic, polyester or nylon shall be brought into this house. To which he replied, "This is not my first yarn rodeo."
So since I've been on the road this week and haven't made much progress on any of my works, I thought I would share the lovely yarn Hubba brought back from Japan.
One of the race volunteers helped him find a yarn shop. Where he found, not just a couple skeins, but a huge sack of lovely yarn. Which included...
Two skeins of an amazingly soft beige suri alpaca blend.
It is a very fine strand and blended with something, but I don't read Japanese, so I don't know what it is. I suspect it's silk.
Our WonderWhyGal and other Suri breeders will appreciate this... When Hubba told the shop keeper that he needed "the best" yarn she had, she found this yarn and told him that "it is very special."
It is very special indeed. Each one is only 25g, so I need to find something equally special to make with it. I am thinking small, lacey and close to the skin... and after reading this post from If the Knit Fits, I'm am feeling optomistic that I will be able to find something appropriate.
The other wonderfulness he brought home was 9 skeins of Yak/Merino... I'm in love with this yarn. I love the natural colors, I love that they could go together or alone.
I also love that it's Yak! I haven't worked with yak yet, but I have met some yaks. I have some yak down in my stash waiting to be spun for the perfect project, and frankly, yak is just really fun to say. :-)
As Hubba was making his selections, the race volunteer suggested that he should choose brighter colors, but he knows me well. He knows that I love the natural, earthy colors best. After all, it was one of the (many) reasons we decided to raise alpacas.
By the way, is it called a skein when it's wound like these?
I wish you all a very happy day. Of course since it's Fiber Arts Friday, it is already. ;-)
My husband and I returned to Colorado in 2009 to live a simpler life.
Right now the goal of simple means we are busy. Busy fixing up our farm, raising Alpacas and Tibetan Mastiffs, racing wheelchairs, consulting and building Alpacamundo.
This blog is about these and the other things going on in my head. I hope you find it interesting, useful and inspiring.