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« on: July 16, 2008 01:20:08 PM »

So I went to a pettig zoo with the kids today. While I was there I asked if they still had the shearings left over from the llamas and sheeps. Well they didn't but they had about a pound of camel left. (Some lady already stole it up!!!  Angry ) So I took that camel. I wash it just like sheep right?!? And has any one ever used it?!?
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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2008 07:27:43 PM »

i've never spun camel, although i'm dieing to try it! the only thing i know for sure that will help your situation is that you have to dehair it. camel has two tyeps of hair, guard hairs (long, sometimes wire-y, if it's in there, you'll know because the down is VERY short and soft and the guard hairs are not)  you can dehair it yourself with hand combs, or send it out to a fiber processing mill. i've never done either *well, i own combs, but i've never dehaired with them!* i know hobbledehoy spins camel sometimes, you could ask her!

hope that helped....a little!
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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2008 10:08:26 AM »

I've dehaired buffalo.  It is a time consuming process.

Dehair the fiber, only keeping the soft, short down.  Gently wash in warm water (you don't have lanolin, only dirt).

if you haven't spun with a short fiber before, you may want to card with some longer staple fiber at first.

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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2008 08:42:45 PM »

I have spun camel I spin it the same as Alpaca slightly more twist ,light tension. Wash as for Alpaca.
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