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« on: March 13, 2012 01:31:06 PM »

I hope I'm posting this in the right place. Browsed around, and landed here!

I'm lucky enough to live in Indiana and be surrounded by farms full of alpaca. I was wondering if it's possible/how to go about buying fleece or top directly from the farms? Has anyone done this before and what should I expect? Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2012 04:14:33 PM »

Contact the farm, ask them if you can buy direct from them.  When they shear, you will want  only the blanket.  You don't want the leg, neck or leg fiber.  Ask if they blow out the fiber before shearing.
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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2012 10:13:37 PM »

Wow, thanks so much! My boyfriend asked me, 'If you buy it from the farm, are you going to have to pick poop and straw out of the wool?' Now that I know what to ask, hopefully I can avoid that so eloquently-put task.
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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2012 10:39:10 PM »

If they don't separate their fleece into Prime (just the blanket) and 2nds (usually the neck and legs), then go to another farm.

You shouldn't have to pay for inferior fleece.

Alpacas & Llamas don't have lanolin, but they love to roll in the dirt.  If the owners blow out the fiber before shearing, a lot of of the dust and dirt will be removed.
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2012 07:20:29 AM »

You definitly want to know if they blow out the fleece.  I got a bag of Alpaca free once, but it wasn't just the blanket, and it was definitly not blown out.  It was ugly. I separated it out, and washed the nice parts, and then found out I was allergic.  LOL But Alpaca is gorgeous fibre. I hope you find a good farm, with wonderful fibre!
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2012 12:25:39 AM »

Yeah....I'm a spinner and knitter who's allergic to wool. But I keep buying it when I find it's just too beautiful to resist! Methinks I need to find some more free time and contribute to craftster's swaps.....
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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2012 04:47:20 AM »

I'm a shepherd and would love for someone to contact me about purchasing our fleece directly from the farm.  Go ahead and call. 
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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2012 07:22:34 AM »

Emily, Thankfully there is so much more out there to spin then just wool.

MW, what type of sheep do you have?
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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2012 08:37:15 AM »

Don't forget to send me some this spring, MW!
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« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2012 01:35:57 PM »

We have texel sheep.  Here's our Beatrice.  Gotcha covered, Belladune!

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