Yes, of course, fiber matters to people who love fiber, so I decided to name the blog for PGHW, “Fiber Matters.” We are all fiber people, and fiber matters to us, or we wouldn’t be involved with PGHW. So, let’s talk about fiber. I recently observed a “decade” birthday, and a good friend who is a docent at the Elmwood Park Zoo gave me two bags of “fiber” from an alpaca who had recently been shorn as my birthday gift. She knows I am crazy for fiber, any kind of fiber.. Not being a fiber person herself, she asked the folks at the Zoo what the material from the alpaca’s haircut was called. She thought, wool?
But she was told “fiber.”
So, what is fiber? Webster’s dictionary says many things, but I chose a few that I felt were applicable to us.
: a slender and greatly elongated natural or synthetic ﬁlament (as of wool, cotton,
asbestos, gold, glass, or rayon) typically capable of being spun into yarn
: an element that gives texture or substance
: basic toughness : strength, fortitude
: essential structure or character <the very ﬁber of a person’s being>
— ﬁ·bered adjective
I especially liked the adjective,”fibered.” I’m delighted to have a chance to spin alpaca. I’ve never done it before. If there is someone out there who does know what to do to
alpaca fiber, please let me know. I will be leaving for a trip to California, after a hectic season of outreach. I plan to tackle the alpaca when I come home in late May. Anyone interested in exploring it with me? Do let me know. I have all that lovely fiber to explore when I return. Talk to you soon.