It is time.
I've had this completed for over a week now and it's time to share it with you all. This is the first completed skein of Alpaca fiber from Squire Creek Ranch. The fiber for this skein is 100% Emilio*. It is 3 5/8 ounces (I forgot to weigh the fiber out for this before spinning due to complete and utter ignorance as to how far this stuff goes otherwise it would have been 4 ounces.) and is approximately 444 yds and a two ply yarn. This was an absolute dream to spin up and was probably the easiest and most pleasant spinning I've ever done. This fiber just wants to be a fine yarn and screams for a lace weight spinning. I cannot tell you what the WPI is but I believe this is the finest spinning I've done as of yet. What the picture does not show you is how utterly soft and lustrous this fiber is. It's all I can to to keep it in the bag so I don't pet it every day. To be honest.....if it weren't for the fact that I have more of this delicious fiber to use for myself, I'd have a hard time handing this over. (I do believe I see lace knitting in my future with some skeins of hand spun alpaca!drool.)
The next skein will be of Joaquin*. That fiber has been weighed out, combed and is awaiting a trip through the carder. It is slated as the first project for the Tour de Fleece for me and I can't wait to dive in. For this skein, I plan on adjusting my wheel ratio, which in theory will make it go faster. However, we all know that when I make changes strange things happen, so we'll see. I was sorely tempted to change it during the spinning of Emilio, but wanted to make sure the skein came out balanced and was afraid of messing things up by changing anything. It's all a learning experience, so we'll see.
** To see pictures of Emilio and Joaquin, click on the Squire Creek Ranch link above and then chose "Herd sires" from the menu on the left hand side. Both are pictured there....just scroll down a bit.