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December 2022
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I’m back. Life has managed to resume a more normal pace with some changes. Most of them good changes.

I also got to see family and realized how very very important they are. When I left for school, I had wanted very badly to separate myself from them and so I did. But while I’ve been gone, I realized how precious and special the closeness that my family shares is. And so now I’ve been making an effort to plug myself back in. And, of course considering my family, they don’t even mention the absence. They have been amazed and curious and supportive about the new hobbies I’ve picked up while I’ve been gone.

But a lot happened fiber-wise while I was gone.

alpaca bags

I got bags of alpaca.


All of which are blanket area fleeces (I’m not sure why some shearers/owners use different terminology, but Grade 1 doesn’t mean the fiber is better than other fleeces. It means that this is the best fiber on that animal. I have another box with the Grade 2 cuts.)

washed and picked fleece

This is a washed and picked fleece. It won a ribbon somewhere at some point. It’s gorgeous. I cannot wait to tear into it. And if it weren’t for the upheaval that my life went through in the last week, I would have already. Unfortunately however, only two bags of the five are of this quality. There maybe be a third that’s as nice, but the other two might be trash, which is such a shame.

second yoda fleece

This is the second bag of nice fleece. Same animal, different year.

good fleece teddy

This is the third bag with a possibly great fleece in it. The dust was amazing (in a bad way, clouds bloomed whenever you touched the fleece), so I haven’t really explored it yet.

two bad bags

Sadly though, two bags looked like this. Can you see the problem?

short cut fleece

Short cuts. LOTS of locks that were 1-2″ in length. Now, honestly, maybe there are people out there for which this isn’t a problem. But for me? I don’t know how I’ll deal with it. I’d love it if someone wants it. I’ll give it away. I have no idea how much I have, but I’ll give away both bags if someone knows what to do with them. Or I’d gladly take advice if someone knows what to do with them but doesn’t want to do it themselves.

Most stuff has gone on, but I’m back and will continue to be back, so I’ll just spread the pictures and the content out a bit, k?

But I’ll leave y’all with another picture I took during the long walks that helped clear my head and my heart while one was crazed and the other heavy.


These oh so pretty babies sit right outside the kitchen window to make washing dishes less of a chore.

alpaca update

I have pictures of the alpacas that will be sharing some fiber with me.


Meet Yoda


And Teddy

Negotiations are still ongoing as to what to pay for the fiber and what fiber should be bought first. Apparently there are many years of fleeces from Yoda and Teddy. The owner of the alpacas is willing to give me fleeces for free, but I don’t want to take advantage of her.  I also don’t want to give her a lot of money only to realize that the fleeces are damaged or need a lot of work or not sheared well or whatever. I don’t think this will be the case, but I’m buying from someone who knows little to nothing about caring for fleeces. I’ve had no practical experience, but I’ve been reading on blogs and websites and in books (my local library has been getting a workout with all the requests and searches I’ve been doing).

Yoda's crimp

I also received a picture of Yoda’s crimp

Sheared Teddy

and Teddy after he was sheared.

Don’t you love the change?

Oh, and my brother has turned out to be one of the best listeners to my gushing about knitting and spinning and fiber. So when I heard the news that I was getting some fleeces from these pretty pretty guys, I called him and said I was getting some fiber from a lady who owned some alpaca and then I stopped and asked him if he knew what alpacas were. I didn’t know before I started spinning, so I didn’t think he knew. He said, “I know what alpacas are.” I was surprised and said, “How do you know?” His tone turned slightly offended but still joking, “I’ve been around you know.” So I backtracked a bit, “I’m not saying you’re a bumpkin, but I didn’t know about alpacas and I’m honestly curious where you heard about them.” So he tells me, “You know that show Dirty Jobs right? That’s one of my favorite shows and one time he shaved an alpaca.” I loved that. Now I really wish I had caught that episode of Dirty Jobs so I could see Mike Rowe “shave an alpaca.”