Well, I'm a happy camper...Mike gave me a spinning wheel for Christmas!
Taffy was closely inspecting the alpaca fibers in my basket...
I spent an evening with the spinning group at the Allyn Knit and Spin Shop and was surprised at how quickly they were able to teach me how to spin my own yarn! Working with fiber is something I can do that is fairly easy on my hands and knees...I crochet using a very large hook...it's a very relaxing pastime for a winter night.
Here is a photo of my first finished work using yarn that I spun myself...
I spun the yarn for the top part of the crocheted hat from merino and silk fiber. The rolled brim of the hat was spun from rambouillet wool from here in Washington : ). I felted the nuno scarf with the same merino and silk that I used in the hat. I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out...they are so soft and warm!