Friday, February 02, 2007

Feeling the Handspun Love

Remember when I went to Alaska and came home with some fiberly goodness? Well, I asked spinner extraordinaire Sarah of Morg to spin the fiber for me. Sarah—in her complete amazingness, spent months working on my fiber. It wasn’t the cleanest fiber in the world (that’s an understatement) so she had to do a lot cleaning and prep work before she could spin it.

Qiviut

Thanks to Sarah’s hard work and dedication, I now have over 300 yards of lace-ish-weight qiviut! It’s the ultimate souvenir from my Alaska trip: fiber bought in a fishing village from a local artist and spun by a dear friend. Sarah also sent me a copy of Arctic Lace aka The Qiviut Book. Soon I will use my lovely yarn to knit one of the patterns from this book. But for now I’m enjoying petting my skein of fluffy softness. It’s so light—holding it is like holding a cloud.

And as if all the hard work Sarah did wasn't enough, she decided to send me some more of her handspun yarn. The purpley pink hank is yarn that she spun from some Spunky Eclectic roving. I think it will make a nice contrasting trim on a sweater someday.

Thank you SO MUCH Sarah—for everything.

For you yarn p0rn addicts, gaze upon the fantastic photos that Sarah took. The photos show off the incredible spinning job that she did.

10 comments:

Mintyfresh said...

O.M.G. I only just recently figured out what qiviut is, and now fully understand what an amazing amazing thing this is. Not onlys is it like the most rare fiber in the world, but you got some handspun for you! You're one lucky girl. I can't wait to see it knit up!

Rebekah said...

I'm so jealous. I'm trying to sweet talk my brother (who lives into Alaska) into hunting some down for me. Well not literal hunting.

Jennifer said...

Ooooo....

Rachel said...

Holy cow! Who is this Sarah person and why does she love you so much?

(Errr...that wasn't supposed to come out sounding as though you didn't deserve love. Just impressed by her generosity to you.)

Even I, who wishes she were stashless, would be tempted to keep that qiviut laceweight as "collection" yarn, a la Knitty's recent stash article. But knit with it if you must.

Sarah said...

:)

I'm glad it arrived safely!

And glad you like it!

Petting it is good!

amylovie said...

Whoa. That is amazing.

Amy

knitseashore said...

It looks so soft even through the computer monitor -- do you have something in mind from Arctic Lace already? How is your cape coming along?

Meredith said...

Oooh, qiviut. What a great souvenir!

Saltwater purls said...

wow lucky you to have successfully hunted and tamed your own qivuit yarn (with some help from your friends).

Elinor said...

Wow. That is a seriously good friend! Both skeins of yarn are just beautiful! I'm thinking about getting that book myself. Like I don't have enough projects lined up already, right?