View Full Version : Raw Alpaca

03-12-2007, 09:15 AM
I purchased almost 2 lbs of raw alpaca yesterday at, of all places, our local Renaissance Festival. It's not too dirty, some VM, but really pretty clean. Is there anything I need to know about cleaning alpaca vs cleaning raw wool? I've washed raw wool before so I have the process, just need to know if alpaca requires any special care.

03-12-2007, 01:39 PM
I hope not, cuz I don't clean anything any different. I'd say it just needs less cleaning than wool.

03-15-2007, 01:49 PM
I don't wash my alpaca until after it's spun. It doesn't really need it since it should only be a bit dusty, whereas wool is greasy. If you don't mind the dust, just prepare it and spin it up first, then wash the hanks of yarn. It's a lot easier that way. :)

03-16-2007, 09:05 AM
Thanks, Silver. After playing with it for awhile, that's kinda the conclusion I came to, too. I'll wash it when I block the yarn. :teehee: