Golden Lemon Lock Spun Textured Yarn

Golden Lemon Lock Spun Textured Yarn

Golden Lemon Lock Spun Textured Yarn. New and just listed in the shop.

Golden Lemon Textured Art Yarn

This particular colorway is subtle and gentle gold. I hand dyed these locks using the Greener Shades Dyes. There are Leicester Longwool, Teeswater, and Border Leicester x Gotland locks mixed in this blend. The Border Leicester x Gotland locks in particular are a crisper more defined lock that has created a lot more curls in this handspun yarn.

Look at those curls and texture

I really like the texture of this handspun. A bit crisp and still soft makes for a very interesting textured yarn.

Golden Lemon Textured Art Yarn

I kept several partial skeins for myself to use in some weavings. I can’t wait to play with this lock spun yarn.

Golden Lemon Textured Art Yarn

This is the first colorway I spun completely on the vintage Louet S71 Single Treadle spinning wheel I picked up about 6 weeks ago. It sure was fun to spin this art yarn. I know it will look wonderful in your next project. Go HERE to get some while it is in stock.

Iced Sangria Textured Lockspun Art Yarn

Iced Sangria Textured Lockspun Art Yarn

I created a new colorway of Textured Art Yarn for the shop. This is definitely a farm yarn as the beautiful chocolate Argentine llama fleece was grown here at Alba Ranch. I lockspun white mohair lockes into Sangria’s fleece and thread plyed it all with a fine laceweight alpaca boucle yarn. There is so much texture and softness.

Iced Sangria Textured Art Yarn
Drying outside

Sangria is an Argentine llama. There are less than 400 registered Argentine Llamas in the USA. Argentine llamas are very heavy fleeced llamas…she has tuffs from the tip of her ears all the way down to between her toes.

Sangria right before her annual haircut

The fiber is soft and uniform over her entire body. The first year I sheared her, I had 6.4 lbs of fleece to spin into yarn. That is a very serious haircut.

I hand shear the llamas each myself. I take my time and blow the fleece out prior to shearing. This makes for a nicer and cleaner fleece for spinning as well as removes a large portion of dirt and sand. Llamas adore rolling in sand which gets a lots of sand in their fleece. That sand, if not blown out before shearing, will dull the blades quickly.

Valentine Day Splendor Contest-deadline changed to February 6th

I am unveiling a new contest tonight as I just posted up the results to the Alba Ranch Celebration and 200 Facebook Fan Page Give Away.  Liz Beckwith is the winner.  Congratulations Liz!!

The new contest is called Valentine Day Splendor.  And as you have guessed it has to do with Valentine’s Day in many different ways.  This contest is Fiber Specific and all entries with photos must be in to my email at alba@albaranch.net by 5 pm Mountain Time on February 6, 2012.  That will allow me to list the photos and get the entries up so that all of YOU can vote on them by posting your comments in the thread until 5 pm Mountain Time on February 13, 2012.  This will allow me to tally all the votes and announce the winner on February 14, 2012  in the evening for Valentine’s Day!

I know that we all spin beautiful yarns so this contest is specific in making something from your handspun yarn into something that can be worn.  Either an article of clothing or an accessory to go with clothing.  This would be using the fiber arts of knitting, crochet, weaving, or felting.  Your handspun yarn and art yarns have to be used in the final product.

How does your Wearable Art depict Valentine’s Day?  The Splendor and Glitz of Young ( or Old haha) Love?  Perhaps you will be inspired to wear your new creation on Valentine’s Day with our special someone.  The entry with the most votes…wins!  Each person may  have two votes to vote for their top 2.

Lord of the Rings Strip

 

I bought several kilos of Stansborough Grey at the end of 2011.  This is the specific sheep and breed from the only ranch in the world that has these sheep which supplied the wool for all the cloaks in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the Chronicles of Narnia, and the Waterhorse.  Their main page is here.  You can read about their Story and look at all the interesting links on their web domain.

I am going to give up 6 ounces of this wonderful fleece in locks to the lucky winner of the Valentine Splendor Day Contest.  It has been lightly washed for hand spinners by the ranch before being sent to me from New Zealand.  The wool can be woven, knitted or felted so the design possibilities are about endless.  They also raise alpacas on the ranch which helps expand their range as well. So for all you lovers of Lord of the Rings or just those desiring to try a new and extremely RARE locks of fiber to spin, get busy planning your entry and go forth and CREATE!!!