There are two big yarn buying events here, Stitches in Atlanta in the spring, and the Southeast Animal Fiber Fair in Asheville in the fall. There’s a pretty good yarn shop where I live, and of course there’s the internets, but at Stitches and SAFF you get a chance to fondle things you don’t get at home.
This month was SAFF.
Animal fiber includes:
This bunny was being spun. The nice lady sitting with him would pluck a few fibers off his back and draft them onto her yarn. He didn’t seem to mind.
This may explain why there’s no cat yarn.
Bunny yarn is very expensive–$20 will get you enough for a pair of booties–so it was surprising to see this:
When my friend Elizabeth (that’s her arm) referred to this as a swimsuit, the man whose booth this was in corrected her promptly: no, it’s a “sun suit.” I don’t know what happens when bunny yarn gets wet, but I imagine a bathing suit made of it would soak through and sink to the bottom of the pool.
You can make yarn out of dog fur (“chiengora”) but when it gets wet it smells like wet dog.
I got some yarn to play with, but it’s only animal fiber if you call silkworms animals:
It’s half-inch strips of sari fabric sewn together. Apparently if you’re a spinner you can twist it into something more yarn-like.
The 100 grams or so I got wasn’t enough to make anything on its own, so I found a ball of something fuzzy in the yarn closet and came up with this:
After about six false starts I got the idea of a shawl collar, like you’d have on a winter dress coat. If I were to do it over (but that mohair boucle is impossible to rip back, so no, not happening) I’d make it shorter and wider. It’s okay as a prototype, but I’m not really given to wearing arty things, so I’m not sure if I should flog it on Etsy for a million zlotnys or bury it in the back yard.
Seriously–would you wear it? The sari ribbon is a bit stiff against the neck but the mohair is very warm. If so, PM an address. At the very least it should go to a good home.