For my birthday, Jamie helped me build that spinning wheel. Hoorah! We figured it out between youtube videos and very detailed and wordy paper directions. It seemed a very fitting thing to accomplish on my 24th birthday. Sometimes I can't believe I was only 18 when I met Jamie, and 19 when we got alpacas and sheep. I've shared this here before, and I'll confess it again:
When we got the animals, I had no immediate intention of spinning yarn. I knew that's what you were supposed to do if you owned fiber animals, but we honestly just wanted them because they were so magical and represented our big dream of living off the land. I guess that locked us into becoming farmers, which wasn't such a bad thing after all. We have them to thank for living in the beautiful place we are now. I've been spinning on my wheel ever since Saturday, and love it. Spinning Abraham's fleece is like spinning butter. I'm not joking. It's so amazing I told Jamie that if I find another $100 Suri alpaca on Craigslist, it's mine.