*sigh*


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Handspun lovely rose grey squishy soft baby alpaca?  Check.  Knitting needles?  Check.  Pattern to go with the yarn?  Nope.

I’ve started two sweaters in the past three days (one is still on the needles in the photo) and both need to be frogged which is knitter speak for ripping out.  It turns out that my hand spun alpaca is not, as I thought, a sport weight, it’s most definitely either a heavy DK weight or a light worsted weight.  AND.  Alpaca, it turns out, has no memory.  So the sweaters I started, will not keep their shape.  They will grow.  Which will be bad.

The first sweater I started had a lovely drape, which would have taken into account the stretch factor, but I’m not going to spin and ply 1800 yards of this stuff before it’s due to be given!  And the body of the sweater was quite drapey but the sleeves looked distressingly tight on the models which concerned me enough that I ripped it out.

The second sweater was working up nicely in the ribbed section at the waist, but when I started on the body I realized there was no way a light weight 2 ply was going to work with a sweater designed for a heavy worsted 10 ply yarn.  Nope.  Knitting you can see through just doesn’t work unless you’re knitting lace.

So, back to square one.  Another two hours wasted surfing patterns at Ravelry yielded exactly nothing that I thought my intended recipient would care for.  Lots I would wear, but this time of year I can’t possibly knit for myself.  I have custom knitting for pay, gift knitting for loved ones and no time to knit for myself, not even socks.

Then I remembered a pattern I had purchased last year.  I searched Ravelry for this pattern made with alpaca.  And found a quite lovely example that proved it could work.  So.

Enter Hitofude.  Lacey, light, drapey and yet slim and stylish, perfect for alpaca.  Win.

Now I’d better get ripping so I can get knitting!  Oh, and find my size 4 circulars….

 

 

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Perusing Craigslist for jobs that don’t exist :)


I looked in the skilled trades/crafts section of Craigslist today, just to see what types of jobs are being posted.

Framer

RV mechanic technician

Plumber

Experienced tile layer

And that’s about it.  I had to laugh — did I really think I was going to find a post wanting a weaver??  Or a spinner??

I am doing my first commission spinning though, nearly 2 lbs of an alpaca cria (baby) fleece (actually it’s called blanket) my friend tried to process and was worried she was going to destroy if she did any more.  Some of it is already in roving with lots of nepps (little balls of fiber) and I’m spinning that into singles that will become a worsted weight 3 ply.  Some of it is washed but not processed in any other way; this I will card on my drum carder, very slowly and carefully to keep the smooth and lofty nature of the fiber.

Ideally, the owner of the fleece (not my friend, she owns a fiber mill) will end up with a textured yarn and a smooth yarn, and be happy with her first fleece product.  She is new to owning fiber animals, and recently learned how to knit in anticipation of using her own yarn.  I am enjoying spinning this so far; it’s deliciously soft and fine and most of the prickly things are falling out as I spin.

I wish I could do more commission spinning and less actual working.  It’s less money by a long shot, but I don’t have to get dressed up, drive a long way away, worry about meals and drinks, or stress out about deadlines or working overtime.