I had a most difficult time getting the white fiber that I purchase from Kinney Valley Alpacas. I got part of it in May, but with cold weather that delayed shearing and busy schedules that seemed to be always out of sync, things didn’t come together until a week or so ago. Finally, I had all the fiber and I could get to work. Last week I spent a good part of Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday cleaning and sorting fiber.
My first goal was to get at least 25 pounds for sock yarn. I got nearly 30 pounds in the 21 – 23 micron range, in my estimation. This came from about a dozen different alpacas’ blankets. I will have Rachel mix this with a bit of nylon and spin it into sport weight yarn. I haven’t yet determined how much nylon – more on that in a future post.
My second group of fiber is what the industry calls baby or royal baby alpaca. I estimate the micron count between 15 and 19. I got about 11 pounds from nine or so alpacas’ blankets. Most of these were crias and they were very full of vegetable matter. This I will have spun into fingering weight. It will make lovely baby garments.
I also wanted to have some lace weight yarn spun. I lined up locks from the remaining blankets.
Six locks to compare
These all had micron counts a little stronger / higher than the above batches. My estimated micron counts on these was 24 – 25. Since lace is such a thin yarn and requires a tight twist, a little stronger fiber works well. From the above samples 1, 5 and 6 were the most similar.
Down to three
They were closest in length and fineness, so I combined those 3 for about 11 pounds of fiber to be spun into lace weight yarn.
All my fiber
Those are really big bags! They total nearly 50 pounds of fiber. And now all that fiber is at Rach-Al-Paca Fiber Processing. I’m so happy to have it off my plate for awhile. The sad news is that it will be nearly the end of the year before it is done! I look forward to getting it all back to be dyed!
In the mean time, I’m busy getting ready for our Farm Tour. This weekend, Sept 28 & 29, 10 – 5 each day. Projects for kids, face painting, spinning demos, shopping, alpacas to see and feed a treat, lunch stand by a 4-H club. We would love to have you come by for a visit!