|blocking the scarfette|
After a few weeks of work, most recently while listening to "My Antonia" by Willa Cather, the last of my raw alpaca fibers were transformed into yarn. Last year I had processed the better part of a grocery sack of fiber into yarn and made scarves for a friend. She owns the alpacas and (gasp!) just had the fiber languishing in her living room! Most of that fiber was prepared with a dog comb or my mini combs (it's been long enough that I don't remember which!) and this fiber was the stuff that was too short from that original processing. I carded this and made a sport-weight two-ply yarn.
Once the yarn was spun & wet finished, I started knitting lace. The first pattern I tried had four or five pattern rows. By row three or four I had made a mistake, and found a one-pattern-row lace. Whew. I can do one row of lace patterning!