Thursday, November 5, 2015

FiatluxFiber & Gun Plain Pygoras

Yarn people are good people. This is one of the really enjoyable lessons I've learned on my journey into fibre art. It is such a pleasure to be surprised by someone's kindness.

Nan Nichols from Gun Plain Pygoras and FiatLuxFibers reached out to me in October to talk about the Michigan Fiber Festival. She also asked if I would be interested in experimenting with some pygora fibres. Would I?! Does a kid like candy? Does a fish swim?

So Nan sent me some exquisite samples of a pygora-tussah silk blend, a pygora-merino blend and a superfine peruvian alpaca tweed, all undyed (my favourite!) and a very sweet note. The day I opened the package felt like Christmas.

Thank you Nan!
Okay, I'll come clean and confess that I did not know what pygora was at first. So I looked it up and learned that pygora fibre comes from a goat that is a cross between a cashmere producing pygmy goat and mohair producing angora goat. These goats are cute and the resulting fibre is heavenly soft and has a gorgeous lustre.

I'm not sure what I will do with the samples yet, but they are whispering to me about milk weed pods. Did you know that the floss that carries a milk weed seed is called a coma? I just learned that myself.

I love the way life can surprise you. I love learning things that I never expected to know. And I love kind people!

Thank you, Nan, for your generosity of spirit and of yarn that has launched me on an unexpected experiment. I will keep you posted on where it takes me.