Sadie and Blossom Alpaca Woven Scarf

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The following is placeholder text known as “lorem This was my favorite Fiber Fest project so far.  The alpaca roving was very soft and easy to spin, with Sadie being the softest of the two.  These batts were purchased from the vendor, Circle Hill Farm, located in Bradford, Ohio.  I purchased a 2 ounce batt of roving from their alpaca named Blossom at the local Fiber Fest in 2015 and then purchased 2 ounces from their alpaca named Sadie this year.

To spin the fiber, I separated each batt into two one ounce sections.  I spun each section and then plyed the singles from each batt together to make a 2-ply yarn to use as the weft for my weaving project.  I wanted to showcase the color differences between the two batts, so I was very careful to keep the singles marked throughout the spinning and plying processes.  I ended up with 88 yards (14wpi) from Sadie and 76 yards (13wpi) from Blossom.  Each yarn was DK weight after processing.

For my scarf, I wanted to keep the liveliness of the yarn in tact so I decided to not set the twist of the yarn after plying. 

For the warp, I chose to use Merino wool.  I wanted to keep the theme of the scarf natural and felt that the Merino would complement the alpaca better than other fibers I had on hand in my studio.

I wanted to break up the neutral color of the scarf with a splash of color and was able to do that with a mini skein I had on hand.  This yarn was hand dyed from Dye2Spin on Etsy and is 100 % extra fine Merino.  The colorway for this skein is Ron and Hermione Forever.

Using yarns made from Blossom and Sadie in an alternating pattern created a soft striping within the length of the scarf, giving it a lovely textured look.  The overall effect is stunning!

This scarf is available for purchase in my Etsy shop, CreativeEndeavorsKS.

FashionKristina Smiley