Sunday, June 22, 2008

Alpaca Love

Life has been so hectic, I've not had a chance to post about the Alpaca love that came my way.

The story:

Just before we left on vacation, I joined the "Spin for Lace" forum on Ravelry. A little while later, I found myself in a conversation with the delightful Caroline who asked me if I've ever carded/combed my own fiber. I hadn't. And then she asked me for my address.

When I got home, there was a priority mail box waiting for me!!!

I opened it up and there, to my great surprise was alpaca goodness:

A great big bagful of the sweetest, softest, creamiest fiber from "Thor".


And another bag of really, gorgeous honey brown fiber from an unknown alpaca. They are so lovely, I'm looking forward to learning how to card them, and then spin it up. I'm so excited about it I can't begin to express it.

By the way, what is the name of the darker alpaca? I love knowing the names of the animals who contribute their fiber to my obsession.

Caroline, thank you so much. You have no idea how insanely happy this makes me!!!

I will continues to post pictures as the fiber moves through the process of prep to spinning to being knit into something wearable.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I'm off to pet the alpaca fiber now.


Anonymous said...

I don't have the name of the darker fiber. It is a brown suri fiber and it is unwashed (raw). Suri spins up like *silk* - I love it for spinning very, very fine. And yet, after plying, it is very soft. I got that suri fiber from Parker River alpacas - . Not sure if he still has suris or not.

So glad you're enjoying it! Thor has had one washing but still has some chaff. Can be spun as-is with only teasing or could be carded or flicked and spun.

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