|I finished the order of yarn and promptly moved on to the three bags of fiber that I had from the mill. I forgot to take a picture before I opened the bags, but here there are empty!|
This was a small order-there were three bags of fiber, two of them were 2.4 pounds and one was 2.2 pounds. The usual turn around time is 2 weeks. I received this shipment last Saturday, so it has already been 8 days. Lucky, I finished almost all of the fiber today.
I enjoy dyeing yarn a lot more than I do fiber. I don't have very much experience dyeing any fiber other than alpaca, but alpaca sticks to my hands something fierce! I don't enjoy wearing gloves (although I'm going to invest in some kitchen type gloves and see if I like those more), so my hands inevitably get stained when I dye fiber. I usually use a squirt bottle to apply dye when I transform yarn, but when I take on fiber, I submerge it in a dye bath, and I always feel like I need to swish it around with my hands even though I have tongs dedicated to such purpose! Also, when doing batches larger than this, I have to handle so much at a time, that it is hard to keep it off my clothes. My husband has a beard, and even though he does not help in the dyeing process, he finds patches of alpaca fiber in his beard from time to time! It literally takes over the house! Don't get me wrong-I still love it! I just love yarn more!
Since it is well past dark, I will take a picture of the rest of the yarn and the fiber drying in my backyard for y'all tomorrow.