Last weekend, some good friends of ours got married in northern Michigan. Months ago, when I discovered that their reception was to take place at Snow Moon Ranch, a llama and alpaca ranch near Glen Lake, I started scheming. Since the bride is a knitter and crocheter with an appreciation for handmade things (making her own veil, flower arrangements, and boutonnieres for the wedding, for example!), I wanted to do something special as a wedding gift. Read on for more details and photos!
|Snow Moon Ranch, wedding tent and pastures|
I was happy to find that the ranch did have fiber available, prepared by a friend of the owner. Even just spinning the yarn was an undertaking, though, as I'd never spun suri alpaca or llama fiber before. I went ahead and ordered 2 ounces of dark gray suri, 2 ounces of white llama, and 4 ounces of golden suri, and crossed my fingers that it would be easy to work with.
Luckily it was! The llama was the easiest, similar to a merino wool in my opinion. The suri was hard to get going, as the wheel pulled it too quickly and the fibers slipped past each other a lot. The dark gray suri broke once, and it was really difficult to join up a new section. Otherwise, I was happy with how it turned out!
I plied the 2 ounces of dark gray suri to the white llama, with quite a bit of llama left over. Then I plied all 4 ounces of golden suri. I also had a bit of that left over on one bobbin, so I plied it with the llama for a small 32 yard bonus skein.
|Using the lazy kate to ply|
|Plying the suri/llama yarn|
|One of the boutonnieres made by the bride!|
|Some alpacas watching the preparations.|
|Thanks for coming!|