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« on: September 24, 2007 12:09:43 PM »

So my town (or actually the town over!) had an alpaca festival. I'd never heard of one, or even really knew what one was, I knew I'd probably be able to get fiber at a decent price.

Little did I know that Alpaca is a wonderfully soft, silky fiber. I am in love. A couple months back, I went crazy, thinking I was going to start spinning, I made myself a drop spindle, tried it (on batting that was specifically made for filling stuffed animals and the like) failed miserably and put it away.

I decided to buy some fiber, picked up a bag  and started spinning!

Pictures to come...
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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2007 02:50:07 PM »

How exciting!  I want to see pictures of your yarn!
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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2007 05:05:27 PM »

I love spinning Alpaca. It's what I started spinning on and I still find that it gives me the most flexibility.
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2007 07:20:38 AM »

Yay! welcome to the wonderful world of spinning! I want some alpaca!
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2007 10:03:57 AM »

that makes me wish I wasn't allergic to alpaca. I have this wonderful alpaca coat my MIL bought for me in peru and I can't wear it! I started breaking out in a red bumpy rash and everything!
Sad I plan to get it dry cleaned and see if that helps.
What's odd is I can apparently spin sheep fiber without a problem!
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2007 10:49:57 AM »

that makes me wish I wasn't allergic to alpaca. I have this wonderful alpaca coat my MIL bought for me in peru and I can't wear it! I started breaking out in a red bumpy rash and everything!
Sad I plan to get it dry cleaned and see if that helps.
What's odd is I can apparently spin sheep fiber without a problem!

Wow thats odd, I always heard that people who can't wear wool, can wear alpaca. Maybe it works both ways. Thats too bad, Eliea:(
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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2007 11:41:51 AM »

that makes me wish I wasn't allergic to alpaca. I have this wonderful alpaca coat my MIL bought for me in peru and I can't wear it! I started breaking out in a red bumpy rash and everything!
Sad I plan to get it dry cleaned and see if that helps.
What's odd is I can apparently spin sheep fiber without a problem!

Wow thats odd, I always heard that people who can't wear wool, can wear alpaca. Maybe it works both ways. Thats too bad, Eliea:(
wow I've never heard that before! It's interesting to note though! I still have to see if dry-cleaning helps but if it's the lanolin in the alpaca I'm allergic to I have doubts.
Is llama similar in texture? Because I think I have a bit of it and I'm curious how it will spin up. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2007 05:46:53 PM »

Alpacas don't have lanolin. I am frequently allergic to the chemicals used to process alpaca though. Once it's washed I have no issues [and you should be able to very gently handwash your coat, and block flat to dry].

As to llama fiber, it is very similar to alpaca. Like alpacas, llamas produce no lanolin. However, llamas have an outer coat of guard hairs that are much closer in texture to human hair [smooth and slick] and unless they're removed [it's pretty easy] your yarn will be much less soft. Guard hairs are really strong though and good for things like rope.
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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2007 06:36:59 AM »

Alpacas don't have lanolin. I am frequently allergic to the chemicals used to process alpaca though. Once it's washed I have no issues [and you should be able to very gently handwash your coat, and block flat to dry].

As to llama fiber, it is very similar to alpaca. Like alpacas, llamas produce no lanolin. However, llamas have an outer coat of guard hairs that are much closer in texture to human hair [smooth and slick] and unless they're removed [it's pretty easy] your yarn will be much less soft. Guard hairs are really strong though and good for things like rope.
That gives me so much hope thanks! I love the jacket so I will definitely hand wash it and see how it goes!
I think the guard hairs have been removed all ready at least for the most part on the spinning fiber but I will check for sure!
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« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2007 07:44:51 AM »

that makes me wish I wasn't allergic to alpaca. I have this wonderful alpaca coat my MIL bought for me in peru and I can't wear it! I started breaking out in a red bumpy rash and everything!
Sad I plan to get it dry cleaned and see if that helps.
What's odd is I can apparently spin sheep fiber without a problem!

Wow thats odd, I always heard that people who can't wear wool, can wear alpaca. Maybe it works both ways. Thats too bad, Eliea:(

Someone at a LYS just told me that the other day! I'm not allergic to any of it though so I haven't verified it...
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