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« on: October 18, 2007 02:21:27 PM »

I will have the opportunity to buy some raw alpacca wool on sunday at a yearly farmer market. But I must e-mail the lady if I want some, so she doesn't bring it if I don't. Iam very new at spinning, had my wheel last week and what I have spun until now is awful. As I am a bit cheap right now, I am wondering if it is sensible. Should I wait a bit ? If I buy some, which amount do I need to knit let's say a small scarf ? Thanks for your advice.
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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2007 02:41:09 PM »

Oh, I love spinning alpaca!

The wonderful thing about buying raw alpaca fiber is that it needs minimal processing.  There is no lanolin like there is in sheep's wool, so you don't even have to wash it if you don't want to...unless it's full of vegetable matter, of course.  Wink

Alpaca fiber really isn't that difficult to spin, in my opinion.  It shouldn't cost much more than sheep's wool.  Since you're a new spinner, are you spinning pretty bulky?  If you want to have enough to knit a small scarf, I'd recommend at least 4 oz.  That should make a nice-sized skein.  Things to keep in mind:  Alpaca is seven times warmer than wool, and is three time stronger.  It has a lovely drape, but doesn't have the "memory" that wool has...it won't be as elastic. 

I say "Do it!" and have fun spinning a new fiber!   Cheesy 
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2007 03:10:42 PM »

Alpaca is seven times warmer than wool, and is three time stronger. 
These are stats I understand !  Wink
Thanks Nicolassa ! I'm going to follow your advice ! And yes, I'm still spinning quite bulky and irregular but it tends to get better. I've been taking pottery course for 2 years and actually it helps me a lot. The process is the same : controling the speed of the wheel and working with both hands at the same time. The only difference is you don't have to make strengh by spinning ! I still remember how my poor harm muscles ached at the beginning... So I'm quite optimistic with my spinning, I'm sure it won't take me half as long as
centering a pound of clay.
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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2007 03:38:28 PM »

Oh, Weddy, I took a wheelthrowing class several years ago, so I TOTALLY understand what you mean!   Cheesy  Centering the clay was just a beast to master. 

You'll be spinning wonderfully in no time.  Just takes a little bit of practice...and it sounds like you're having fun with it, so that's a **great** thing!  You're right, the secret is all in finding the balance of what all your limbs need to be doing.   Wink
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2007 08:31:39 PM »

Yay! I'm glad you're getting the alpaca (I just found this thread now.) You'll have so much fun spinning it. And I think it's easier to spin with nicer fibers. My wheel came with some icelandic wool, and I started with that and it was disastrous. Then I tried some nice merino, and it was much easier to spin. And alpaca is easier than merino. And if your yarn is uneven, it can just be a "thick & thin" yarn Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2007 12:27:26 PM »

alpaca is my favorite fiber to spin! i bought a ton from a seller on ebay and i adored spinning it!
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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2007 08:33:06 AM »

Alpaca & llama are wonderful to spin, but I like adding a bit of wool with it (at least 50%) so it has memory.

I crocheted a shawl with 100% alpaca.  It drapes wonderfully but keeps stretching and won't 'snap back'.
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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2007 10:58:32 AM »

Thanks for your advices ! I got my alpaca last week at a wool fair not very far where my parents live. I bought 2 packets of 500 g (1 lb) each, one is white alpaca, the other one grey. I am finishing my first almost decent spinning and I am wondering if my next try won't be with some alpaca. I only brought the white with me, because all this wool didn't fit in my suitcase to come back home by train. But my mom is visiting me at the end of the month, so she'll bring me the rest !
If I like spinning it, I guess it won't be long before I go to the farm to buy some more and see the alpacas ! The lady showed me some photos of her farm and her animals, mostly angora goats and alpacas, they are so cute !
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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2007 12:46:38 AM »

having never worked with alpaca, i could not say for sure...
i am wondering, though, if one wanted pure alpaca without the stretch issues, if you could overspin it and then weight it while you set the twist to counteract the stretch-i-ness? any alpaca spinners who could shed light on that?
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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2007 11:33:19 AM »

I also love alpaca fiber. I have found it very easy to draft and usually the staple is pretty long. I agree that it doesn't have memory so I should think using it for like a simple stitch type scarf would be a yummy first project with it. I think you will be suprised at how easy it spins up.
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