spinning alpaca.

This morning (instead of starting the book I need to finish for a discussion on Thursday) I sat down to play with the alpaca I am spinning for a friend of mine. Boh woke me up, barking to go out, ten minutes before my alarm went off. (I don’t know about you, but I really, really enjoy the sleep I get early in the morning, just before I wake up.) So I was groggy. Hence the decision to make coffee and spin, rather than jump into the day’s work.

This stuff is much softer than what I used for my first (short-lived) attempt at spinning alpaca last summer. I don’t have any information about it, but I’m wondering if it is a blend, or perhaps baby alpaca? My friend gave me two different fibers to spin — this natural brown stuff, and some natural grey alpaca. The grey stuff feels coarser, and more like what I thought alpaca was like.

I’ve got close to 6 oz. of the dark brown alpaca, so I’m aiming for a two-ply in the light-worsted to worsted range. Some sections of the fiber spun smoothly and evenly, while others required a bit more wrestling and wrangling. I’m not sure if that has to do with the fiber being a bit compressed in places, or if it is simply the natural variation in the quality of this animal’s coat. I am quite happy with the way this is turning out — and I’m anxious to spin up the second bobbin and ply so that I can see how the fiber reacts when it is set. (Will it soften further? Plump up?) I’ll keep you posted.

This photo was pretty dark, so I clicked the “enhance” button in iPhoto, and here’s what it gave me. I like it.

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5 thoughts on “spinning alpaca.

  1. Mmmmmmm yummy!!! I had some I tried a few years ago, but found difficult to spin with its shorter staple length. I should try again now that I’ve spun more.

  2. Beautiful, rooster! I can’t wait to touch it. (That sounds weird, but I know you feel the same!) You should decide if you just want to keep some of both the spun yarns as your trade, or if dinners, farmshare, or copy editing (I am known by spouse and my old Cal friends as a grammar queen) or art would be a better exchange… I tend to trade art, but I know you could make use of just about anything! xox

  3. I love the brown color … it is so rich. Good luck with the spinning — and the reading, it goes without saying.

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