One of the things my MIL and I bond over is yarn work. We both enjoy knitting and crocheting. She also spins and while she was visiting we arranged to visit an old friend of hers who is in the business of fiber arts. I tell you, there is a whole world beyond just yarn. It’s completely fascinating!
Peg has a gorgeous farm where she raises llamas, sheep, and angora bunnies. She also grows veg and flowers for the farmers markets. Plus she has a shop called Friends In Fiber on Etsy where she and her business partner sell yarn they dye and spin. Where she has the time to breath, I don’t know. So it was very lovely she and her husband took the afternoon to show us round.
There were two llamas but this llama was hilarious. It kept marching back and forth, looking imperiously down it’s nose at us.
I learned so much about the different fibers that can be spun. Yak and camel are incredibly soft and when you blend it with silk, stand back. And, of course, they can be spun with your everyday wool.
I wanted to do something special for my MIL and I had bought a Jane Austin Knits magazine which have some gorgeous patterns inspired by Jane Austin books. She picked out the pattern called Mary’s Scarf which was a lace pattern.
To make it more special I asked Peg what yarn she spun would work for the pattern. It was a lot of fun for all three of us to go through the yarn and various colours. And, here’s the best part, Peg took the skein and make put it in a ball for me. You know, the neat and tidy square that doesn’t roll away at the most inconvenient moment!
The huge shocker for me was I was able to knit the scarf in less than a week. Not sure how I pulled that off but I did, in time for my MIL to fly home it with her.
I loved this yarn with the colours of a deep ocean. I am completely hooked with fibers art and I got positively giddy when I found Peg gives spinning lessons! My Christmas list is starting to get interesting. :)