In the beginning of cave dwelling women spinning wool and hair from wooly mammoths and other hairy critters, they would wind the wool by hand. Jump to the current times and most yarn crafters use mechanical ball winders. I have one too. But for the life of me, I prefer the beauty of a hand wound ball. Luckily, I have a husband who is nice enough (and currently recovering from a full knee replacement and is captive..) by holding the big loop of a skein of yarn while I happily wind it into an attractive ball. I like to pull the yarn from the center, so I take a the beginning tail of yarn and hold it between my forefinger and thumb while I begin winding on the tip of my forefinger.
This fiber is right there at the top of the mountain of quality. 50% baby alpaca and 50% silk. Oh yes. Made by "Blue Sky Alpacas".
I am going to try a shawl pattern that is a favorite of my blog friend Meredith - the Elise Shawl. I have gotten SO many compliments on the 2 shawls I've made using the pattern "Ruby", I wear them into the grocery store and usually am stopped by at least one or two women who want to know if I made it and they tell me stories of their grandmother making things for them. I think my kids and grandkids will be able to tell those stories.
Yes, I'm taking a break from the boy blanket to start on this shawl. So sue me. :-) I took Dayle to the doctor's office yesterday and they removed his big bandage and all 25 of the staples in his knee. He's really enjoying having those gone! On the way to the doctor I sent all 3 of my giveaway packages in the mail! I'm off to meet my blog friend Gracie for lunch and then on to the pool for our hourlong swim workout. I hope you're having a good week and thanks for visiting!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)