So, about a month back I had the opportunity to buy a couple of alpaca fleeces from Welsh Valley Alpacas. I started out spinning from the fleece raw but decided that both the experience and the end product would be better if it was carded first – so off I went, and today my hand carders arrived!
After some trial and error I am carding the fleece, but needless to say there’s lots of room for improvement. Even with that in mind though, between practicing spinning raw fleece and actually carding it, I can already tell that the yarn I’m spinning is a lot smoother and more consistent. It’s also quite fine, so I think I’ll be trying to ply it once I’ve done a couple of spindles-full.
The other part of the order was 4 different combed tops – Manx Loaghtan, Black Welsh Top, Norwegian White and White Blue Faced Leicester. One I’ve got the next lot of alpaca done I’m looking forward to trying them all out and seeing how they compare – both in the act of spinning and the finished product.