Well… my first raw fiber to finished scarf project is Inky Dinky Done… (I am not being cute… or maybe I am..,) Inky Dinky Do is the name of the Alpaca who offered its hair so I could make this scarf.
If you are not familiar with this project there are earlier posts! (you don’t have to go to these… this post will have cliff notes)
- Weekend with a Llama (Inky Dinky Do… actually an Alpaca)
- Avocado Dye and Inky Dinky Do
- Weekend Carding Alpaca (Inky Dinky Do)
- Weekend spinning the rolags (Inky Dinky Do alpaca fibers)
- Weekend Knitting (Manly… Knitting)
This all began when a wonderful person (CLAIRE Small Holding Dreams) and a wonderful alpaca (Inky Dinky Do – I wished I could hug inky! ) sent me a gift of alpaca fibers. Those fibers left their home in England and travelled across the Atlantic to end up in Utah (where the heck is that) USA. Can you imagine the trepidation and excitement those fibers must have experienced?
After enjoying many hours (more than I could have imagined… I probably should say days) the fibers have decided it is time to return home. I said my goodbyes and sent them on their way. I know that the fibers have dramatically changed during their time with me. I hope that change is for the better. I would love to see Inky Dinky’s face… not even sure they are going to be recognized.
I created a “souvenir” box for those fibers. It is fun to see that actual transformation from unwashed fibers all the way to knitted 2 ply yarn. I actual really like this box. It makes one wonder about the origin of this simple but amazing process. Who was this person?… who looks at a sheep (or alpaca) and says.. hmm I think I could make clothes out of them. Do you think they talked about it before they did it? I would have loved to listen to that conversation… “hey… you know what? I bet if I shaved that animal, twisted its fur, then tied it in knots… I could make cool sweaters, socks, gloves, and scarfs…. (he/she wouldn’t have said pants cause everyone knows knitted pants are weird)
I would like to share pictures from the beginning to the ending of my “scarf” journey. (Maybe less words… I imagine I have already used up most of your patience…with my odd fiber voyage story)
All you are missing is me sending it off at the post office. (almost took a picture but people were watching… ). I calculated the time for the entire process… and … (please no mocking) this scarf took me 1 hour and 55 minutes per linear inch (2.5 cm). I think I am horribly slow…
My fiber and wool adventures are not finished. Claire also sent me wool… (Jacob Wool). I am anxious to make something out of it… and yes… you can count on me boring you with the details as soon as I decide what I will be making with it. I wonder if I can increase my throughput?…. maybe a spinning wheel instead of a drop spindle?
Thanks for taking the time to look/read this post.