I still find it hard to believe that I have the skill to make yarn. It is a magical process that turns formless fluff into that most vital ingredient for life: yarn.
Half a pound of alpaca-silk roving filled two bobbins from my Quebec wheel. Thing is, I only have one bobbin for that wheel. Once the first bobbin was filled, I set up my Ashford wheel so that it would wind the yarn from the Quebec wheel onto the Ashford bobbins. Sounds a bit complicated, I know, but by putting the tension on the Ashford wheel tight enough that it wouldn't add any twist into the yarn, just wind the yarn onto the bobbin, it worked really well. One Quebec bobbin fills up one and a half Ashford bobbins, so this isn't something I want to be doing very often. I think the best solution is to find someone (in town) to make me a few new bobbins for the Quebec wheel. But all in all, it went well.
I plyed up 50 meters or so of yarn, washed it, and swatched it. Can you imagine how surprised I was to see it knit to gage in the recommended needle size?
I've been carrying the swatch around with me all day to see how it wears. The alpaca blooms a little bit but overall, the fabric feels softer with wear and tear. All that remains now if for me to finish plying the rest of the yarn.
So my yarn passed the first test: the test of gage. That makes me happier than I imagined it would. The second test is the test of length. Did I make enough yarn? If not, what am I going to do about it?