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« on: January 30, 2013 08:15:12 PM »

I've finally got up the courage to try llama!  ( for those that don't know, I'm really allergic to alpaca, and seeing as llama is a close relative, well, I was hesitant.)

First the one that went awry in the wash.... (I did not agitate. I set it in the water gently)

Suri llama gone wrong by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Ill show you the coolest picture.  It's the above yarn, in fluff form.

Llong llovely llama llock by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

No. That is not just a piece of top.  That is a WHOLE lock.  This Suri llama is looooooooooooooooon g. 

It looked like this before it was washed.

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

I have no idea what happened.  To much ply? To little ply?  To much spin in the singles? Sould I have let the bobbins rest before plying?  I do eventually need to find the answer to these question, this is master spinner homework after all.

I mean, it's lovely, but I can't possibly turn this in...

Then there is the short llama fluff too.  I really like this stuff.  I blended it with Corriedale wool, for a bit of memory, and anti static properties.

Llama fluff and Corriedale rolags by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr
I spun it woollen, with a point of contact long draw (mostly,.  I did have to do some double drafting)  its a 3 ply.  This I can turn in. It's pretty.

Llama fluff and corridale blend by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr
The color is an in between shade of each picture. The first was taken in full sunlight, and the other just minutes ago under a fluorescent bulb.

So anyway.  That's part of my adventure with llama fibre.  I sure hope I can fix the first, though I do love the little loops, none the less.
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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2013 09:01:58 PM »

So beautiful! Makes me wish I did something with fiber. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2013 02:55:26 AM »

Love both lots of yarn!

I really must get my spindle out and see what I can do with it.

I read something about spinning 'woollen' and 'worsted' but got confused about it, and now have forgotten the little I knew  Roll Eyes
Guess I'll be haunting and lurking over on the fibre boards!
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2013 04:37:06 AM »

Thank you both!

Mini mum- woollen yarns have fibres in all directions.  They are spun so that more air gets trapped, making them more insulatin.  Worsted yarns have fibres in parallel alignment. They are spun forcing the air out, making them more smooth, they aren't as insulating.
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2013 08:56:59 AM »

It's beautiful! It reminds me of candy.
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2013 03:34:37 PM »

I'm so glad you're not allergic to everything Bella. This is quite an adventure you're taking us on. Thanks for sharing. I love learning from you.
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