Well, what can I say, what I did yesterday is probably what most people did yesterday: I watched the 44th President of the United States take office. I was amazed by the masses of people gathered in front of the White House, 1-2 million they say (I was just a little jealous that I was sitting in front of a TV--four hours away). I especially loved Rev. Joseph Lowery's speech: "...when black will not be asked to give back, brown can stick around, yella will be mella, the red man can get ahead man, and white will embrace what is right..." I hope I'm quoting it right. I believe many other people were more eloquent last night than I can hope to be, but I do feel very warm and fuzzy. Which brings me back to my blog.
I finished my husband's cap!
The cap matches his scarf rather nicely, I think. :-) (I made that for Christmas.) So far the alpaca has held up well. It's not losing shape, and its not fuzzing, either--and all of Adam's curls fit into it--amazing!
But lets move on to more animals:
Camel is very similar to alpaca, although not as soft. It is not hugely common in knitting stores. Camel is often spun in its natural color, which is rather pretty. I would use camel for most of the same things as alpaca, but since alpaca is so much softer, I prefer it. Camel is not a good beginner’s yarn.
Buffalo is not unlike camel yarn, in that it is taken off the animal in warm, fuzzy bushels. The natural color is darker, so it does not lend itself to much dyeing. I would not use it as my first yarn, because it is rather expensive compared to easier to use kinds.
the site to go for for buffalo yarn is
A nice camel yarn is:
I think that wraps up most of the natural yarns I know. Next I'll dedicate one whole day to Etsy spinners, then one more blog about synthetics, and then I'll move on to New York yarn shops!