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« on: August 04, 2011 09:51:29 AM »

Hello Everyone!

I have been lurking for quite some time, and enjoy reading about everyones adventures, and seeing all the Yarn Porn.

I recently found a lady on kbbspin.org who is selling whole Alpaca fleeces for $20 a pop! I know right!?

Anyway we have been emailing back and forth, and the $20 price is for the whole fleece, mine weighed 3.8 pounds, unskirted, and she charged me $2 to skirt it, and shipped it out to me. I am waiting for it to arrive and will see what it looks like. But the pictures she sent me of it are gorgeous.  

Check it out! Head on over to kbbspin.org, go to the link on the right for Fibers, and you will see her ad in there.
I will update when I have the actual fleece in my hands to let you know all about it!

This is Lily, the alpaca that my fleece comes from.




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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2011 12:42:08 PM »

Wow, if the fleece is good that's a fantastic deal!  I love the fact that you got a photo of the alpaca that your fleece came from!  How cute is she!
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2011 01:57:36 PM »

Hi Thanks! It is a fantastic deal even if it isn't that great. But based on the pictures it looks pretty good to me. We shall see though. Even if its not great I can justify $22 plus 9.30 for shipping for an entire fleece.

I love that I got pictures too. And Lily the Alpaca is so cute I just want to hug her!
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2011 12:09:59 AM »

I need something like that (well, i`ve only tried needlefelting, which i LOVE), but i want to try spinning so bad, i admire handspun yarn of any kind. (anyone wanting to swap- lemme know!!!) Cheesy   - so this add is for the whole wool of tha alpaca? Please let us know, how did it go, cause i`d love to get some Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2011 08:17:52 AM »

Hi Petskin! Alpaca is probably not the easiest thing to start spinning with but it is wonderfully soft and beautiful, and undertaking a dirty fleece, that has to be scoured at least, is a HUGE undertaking.

I am a fairly new spinner myself, and I would suggest starting out with a prepared top, meaning that someone has already done all the work to clean, comb/card, and make a long bit of continuous fiber thats pretty much ready to spin. Don't get me wrong you can definately learn on any kind of preparation, but the best bang for your buck is probably getting something thats already done in little bits to make sure its something you like, before buying an entire fleece, which can be several pounds.
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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2011 09:36:57 AM »

You`re right Smiley - after reading your post last night and googeling a tad bit and reading your new post (Smiley ) i guess i need something more ready-made. I have tto just really sit down and start reading the posts in spinning sections (it`s just kind of hard to start, when there`s thousands of them Cheesy)

Thank you Smiley!
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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2011 01:34:19 PM »

The post at the top of the thread for Learning to Spin is pretty good and informative but there is tons of information also available on Ravelry in the groups (if you have a Ravelry account) and there is a group just for Beginning spinners. I have taught myself just using YouTube videos and reading threads about spinning. There are tons of books out there, but IMHO one of the best for Spindle spinning is Abby Franquemonts book "Respect the Spindle" very informative and easy to read with TONS of pictures.

Etsy has a lot of sellers that sell beginning spinning kits where you get some fiber, and a spindle. Some come with books and some even with DVDs. Start looking and researching. I have found moments to be extremely frustrating, but in the end after LOTS of practice, tears and all kinds of other emotions its relaxing and therapeutic for me.
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« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2011 07:39:27 AM »

I got my Fleece! I was so excited that I couldn't wait to get the box open. It is everything I hoped for and expected. Its a nice large bag, its lovely and soft and squishy. It is dirty, but I wouldn't expect anything else since it came off of an animal. Cleaning it will not be a problem at all, and I am sure it will be a delightful experience unlike the sheep fleece and llama fleece that I have done before that were disgusting. There is very little VM in it and the dirt that is in it, is just that, dirt.

I will try and post pics later today.
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