A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

March 22, 2008

Yarn Glorious Yarn

Skeins of NAAFP Worsted Yarn

I have received another shipment of yarn from the North American Fiber Producers (NAAFP) Co-op, just in time for Open Farm Day.  This time the yarn was some lopi yarn, a single strand yarn that has a looser twist to it and is a blend of alpaca and wool.  I have two white skeins, one grey skein and one rose grey skein.  All of them are beautiful and have more of a handspun character to them than the other woolen and worsted yarns I have received so far.  I didn’t have time to snap a picture or two of the lopi yarn but will post some pictures to the blog when I get a chance.  The lopi yarn will be priced at $5.oo an ounce and we expect it to sell well.

So far all the product that I have received back from the NAAFP has been of an excellent standard.   The Certified Sorting process that is being used on the alpaca fleece prior to processing is making a marked difference in the end product.  I have spoken to other NAAFP Co-op members who have received other products from the Co-op such as throws and duvets and they too are thrilled with the end result.  Looks like we are onto a winner!

The previous shipment of yarn I received contained some Superfine Luxury Alpaca Blend which is made of 90% Huacaya Alpaca, 6 % Suri Alpaca and 4% Angora.  It has a lovely loft and a dreamy soft hand.  Also in that shipment were some skeins that were more of a worsted yarn and I must admit they have been my favorites so far.  The white worsted skein has 90% Huacaya Alpaca and 10% Suri Alpaca, the fawn skeins have 66% Huacaya Alpaca, 26% Suri Alpaca and 8% Tencel and the Rose Gray skein has 65% Huacaya Alpaca, 17% Suri Alpaca and 24% Tencel.  The skeins are large 7 oz skeins and the blends used create a lovely silky hand and soft shimmer to the yarn.  These truly are luxury yarns which will be appreciated by those who love fiber arts and fashion.

The trouble with being a fiber producer and someone who enjoys using fiber is that when you receive your shipments of yarn and they contain something special you have to force yourself to put them out on the For Sale rack!  Really you want to keep them all for your own personal stash of yarn, but I suppose if that happened every time I would have more yarn than I would have time to work with (ask Ric and he probably would tell you that is the case already).

The good part of being a fiber producer is that there is always more fleece being sent in for processing and before long another box of glorious yarn will be delivered.  The boxes don’t get to sit here long before they are opened and admired.  It would be a shame not to let others have the joy of working with this wonderful yarn, so out onto display the yarn goes and if it hasn’t sold by the time I come to do my next project (which is unlikely) I can always steal it back – can’t I?

Rosemary

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