Fiber Arts Friday – Alpaca and Bamboo Handspun Yarn

It started with some lovely handpainted bamboo rovings from Spinup Yarns on Etsy.

I had never spun bamboo before and found it delightfully silky!

I loved the colors that Andrea used!  Do check out her Etsy shop, she offers some interesting fibers in addition to bamboo, such as tencel, banana rovings and tangles, hand-dyed fabric strips, hand-dyed merino fleece, hand-painted staple and nepps that can be blended into batts, spun into art yarns, and embedded into felt pieces.

Songbird Alpaca Yarn Single

This is the bamboo spun into a single ply…

… and the dark brown alpaca roving I used to spin into another single ply.

Alpaca Yarn Single

It is not nearly such a fun color, but very soft and a dream to spin!

The fiber was from a beautiful girl named Gramac’s Haute Coco!  Her fleece is very dark brown, almost black!

Single Ply Songbird Alpaca Yarn

I plied the two singles together…

and this is the yarn!

It is both silky and soft and I’ve called the yarn, “Songbird“.  It is a worsted weight at about 14 wraps per inch and 196 yards.  I’d love to see it made up into something.  Any takers?

I participate in Fiber Arts Friday!  Be sure to click on Wisdom Begins in Wonder to see what other fiber artists have been up to this week…

"Blue Suede Shoes" Hand-Spun Alpaca Yarn

I don’t know WHY I give my yarn names!  Any other hand-spinners out there that does this?
 It just seems like something that’s been done by hand, from birthing the baby to raising the alpaca, to skirting, sorting, tumbling, washing, dyeing, carding, spinning, plying, skeining, and washing again …
 … ought to have a name!
I usually name it the first thing that comes to mind . . .
In this case, it is “Blue Suede Shoes“!

Summer Sky

Here is my latest hand-spun yarn . . .
I’ve listed it on Etsy and am calling it Summer Sky, thanks to my Facebook friends offering suggestions!  It’s a pretty one.
I think it would be cute knit or crocheted into a hat or mittens.



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