In December I was gifted 2 ounces of Alpaca-Tussah Silk from Tamara of Via Verde Farm.
After the VM-filled batt of Llama that I finished up in January, this pencil roving was especially wonderful to put on my wheel.
Have I mentioned how much I love spinning alpaca? Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy... I really, really do.
I love the medium fawn color and the silk gives it a beautiful sheen.
If you're still wondering about how important the preparation is to yielding a nice yarn... the above photo shows the yarn straight off the wheel. I have not set the twist yet... and as a bonus, there was not one spot of over-spun yarn. That tells me that a good preparation helped me become a significantly better spinner. :-)
It's even prettier after the twist has been set, even though it was a cloudy day.
If you have the opportunity to put your hands on some of Via Verde's roving (80% alpaca, 20% tussah silk), do it. Your fingers will thank you. :-)
Happy Fiber Arts Friday everyone!