Wednesday, January 23, 2019

How I make alpaca yarn - Part 1

I love to spin yarn from my alpaca's fiber. Before spinning I have to prep my fiber. I usually card all of my fiber. I do it different ways depending on what yarn I want to spin.
My default spin is usually 2 ply - dk weight.

Before carding is done I pick open the fibers.

Patrick Green Picker
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Here is a collage of the fiber drying in the trays, then picked open, and finally put through our dye lot carder.

 Then I either spin from a cloud or small batts.

After filling two bobbin with singles, I then ply them with my Roberta Espinner.

Then I skein the yarn and wash to set the twist.

My next post will be on how I prepare and spin my alpaca art yarns.