From alpaca to yarn

So after the shearing and the removal of second cuts and guard hairs ( thicker fiber around the outer edge of the blanket) I wash my fleece in the bath. This is on rinse three and is supposed to be white 🙂 you can only imagine how much good old Georgia dirt came out in the prior washes.

IMG_0357-0.JPG

After washing and then air drying I use my Pat Green Triple picker to fluff out the fiber and pick out some more of the dirt. Then I put it through by Strauch manual drum carder this creates my first Batt

IMG_0356.JPG

IMG_0359.JPG

I then break this batt into strips and put it through my electric Pat Green Supercarder.

IMG_0357.JPG

IMG_0358.JPG

After that I either keep them in batts or I use a diz to pull off roving from my carder.

IMG_0360.JPG

IMG_0361.JPG

Using my Hansen E Spinner i spun a thin single then created a ball to then ply it into lace weight yarn. Wind it off onto my niddy noddy before washing it and getting even more dirt out. I then hang it up to dry with a weight hanging in the bottom of the skein to help to set the yarn.

IMG_0338.JPG

 

 

 

IMG_0356-0.JPG

 

2 thoughts on “From alpaca to yarn

  1. Kat

    this seems an awful lot of work….why not sell the alpaca and use the money to buy sweaters?!?

    🙂

    xx

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Complete the anti spam line * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.