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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2007 08:55:47 AM »

A drum carder is great, but hand cards would work well too. Your rolags are very uniform.
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« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2007 09:00:12 AM »

Thanks.  I'd like to do some blending and I feel I could get a more consistent blend on a drum carder.  Is this true, do you think?

And...what would be good with this alpaca?  Just some wool for elasticity?

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« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2007 09:35:33 AM »

Blending on a drum carder is a bit easier, but it can be done well with hand cards. I like to add a touch of merino or BFL to my alpaca to make it more springy. I also like to spin with a dab on conditioner on my fingers so the fly aways don't go nuts. Alpaca also goes very well with silk or bamboo.
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« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2007 10:20:16 AM »

I'm wondering what part of the alpaca coat you got.  Looks to be more like #2 instead of #1 (blanket).  Typically, alpaca has very little guard hair on the blanket area.

I rarely prep alpaca, just spin from the lock and wash after.

Unless I'm making a shawl or other drapey item, I do like combining alpaca with wool for it's memory, usually a corriedale (my favorite all-around wool).
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« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2007 10:39:39 AM »

It's actually from the top of the leg.  The outside part has the long fibers and the inside is fluffy and short.

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« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2007 10:41:56 AM »

ahh, that explains it!

if you had a pair of combs, you could easily separate the down and hair.

Your rolags look wonderfully consistant!
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« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2007 12:40:43 PM »

I wish I'd seen this thread a few days ago... Undecided

I spun my first other-than-plain-wool the other day...baby llama [from it's first shearing.]

it was very soft, but the yarn is only fair. there are a lot of guard hairs, and I wasn't sure if I should pick them out or leave them, so I left them. [at least a lot of them fell off while i was prepping the wool for spinning.....]
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« Reply #17 on: November 07, 2007 10:01:05 PM »

Put it through the drumcarder at least 3 times. If you have bought a fleece you will need to put aside all the neck and legs they are generally the coaser parts. Then don't worry about guard hairs just spin it. Alpaca has little in the way of guard hair. With the neck and legs you can still spin it if you want to or use it for felting with.But the best part of the fleece is referred to as the saddle. Oh and the best suggestion I can give you is to make sure there is as little vegetable matter in a fleece as possible when you buy it as that can add to the workload like you wouldn't believe.
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