Recently my mom sent her fleece into a spin off competition. A spin off competition is where you send in a sample of the alpacas fleece and it is analyzed and spun up by a judge and then scored. Lily's came in first place and the judge wrote a comment "I wish I owned this fleece."
So for my birthday when my mom asked me what I wanted I requested some of Lily's roving. I was spinning away yesterday.
One of my resolutions for 2014 is to do more spinning. I really enjoy it and I know with more practice I'll get much better at it. I enjoy knitting with fingering weight yarn, so I've been spinning Lily's fiber as a lace weight and then Navajo plying it, which makes it a 3 ply yarn.
I am getting better at the Navajo plying, but this is well... still in the beginners stage. In the past I use my Lazy Kate and ply three singles together to make a 3 ply yarn.
In the mean time I'm waiting for some custom dyed roving to come in the mail. I'll be spinning it up to make a Spire with "The Girls in Sheep Clothing.... and a few boys too." I am very excited about it.
Along with spinning I've been working away at a new pattern I've designed. It is past the half way mark and I am really enjoying it. More to come on that in 2014.
And just for fun a picture of Lily right after she was sheared. Enjoying a good sun bath.