Friday, November 18, 2011

Fiber Arts Friday: Spinning Paco-Vicuna

I picked up what I thought was a cloud of Paco-Vicuna at the Taos Wool Festival a few years ago.  It was in the silent auction, and I HAD to have it.


It was my first ever festival acquisition.

I was a brand new spinner, so I was really nervous about messing it up.  Which means it has sat quietly in my stash ever since.  But now that I have a lot more spinning experience, I felt like I was ready to try.  Or at least I had reached a point to where my fear of risk was balanced by my sense of confidence.


I have to say I'm not crazy about this preparation which turned out to be shredded chunks of batting and not clouds.


But I do love the how color changes in the yarn and I'm looking forward to see what this will look like woven up.


Since today is Fiber Arts Friday, you know what I'm going to ask... so please go visit everyone else and tell them how awesome they are.  :-)

15 comments:

Dutch Hollow said...

OH bummer about it not being an easy to work with cloud. But the colors look great and I can actually see the changes in your photo.

paula said...

Sorry it's not as easy to work with as you'd hoped, but hopefully the spectacularly beautiful yarn you're getting will make up for it.

Carlin said...

Subtle color variations are one of my favorites as well. I never would have guessed that they'd be so visible in the yarn just looking at the photo of the fiber cloud.

Vivian said...

The finished yarn looks gorgeous!

Alittlebitsheepish said...

It looks super. The preparation can make so much difference to how fun the spinning is

Melissa Plank said...

It looks beautiful and soft, what a luxury! I will be excited to see how you use the yarn.

Voie de Vie said...

I'm also pretty impressed with the color changes in the fiber once spun ... it certainly wasn't that noticeable "in the cloud." :)

I vote for a hat. :)

WonderWhyGal said...

Your yarn looks great! Yes, it's frustrating when you think something is going to spin a certain way and it ends up being frustrating. Totally ruins the relaxation of it all.

Tamara Miller said...

It did change colors after you spun it. I like that!

Spinster Beth said...

I love the color of it, very natural.

Heather Woollove said...

What beautiful color variations! Who would have guessed??

Oak Haven Alpacas said...

I love the color changes in fiber too. We have a fading fawn alpaca and that is one of my favorite to spin up for that reason. Plyed it looks even more multicolored.

It sounds like it was a good thing you waited to work with it. If it's more difficult than other fiber, it may have been frustrating early on as a new spinner.

Your yarn looks so nice!!

AllyB said...

Your singles looks a lot like my Jacob singles look. It's amazing how much color can hide in a cloud of fiber. The cubbies I have in my craft room can be had at Target for $39 if you catch them on sale. I keep an eye out on the Sunday ads and go grab one when I see that they're cheap. It really helps keep the yarn/fiber at the top of my mind at all times. On days when I don't want to be teased by my yarn/fiber I just don't go into that room, LOL

Andria said...

I'm sure it is a pain, but it does look pretty when it's done.

Gloria Smith said...

You can now get paco-vicuna in a roving which is very easy to spin. In fact, I am learning to spin on it.