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Old 06-07-2009, 07:55 PM   #4
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I have a small alpaca herd, and this is what I do before getting the fiber processed.

First, I skirt the fiber, or sort it by fineness, crimp style & staple length, while removing large contaminants, such as bits of hay, straw, or poop. Once I have that done, it goes into plastic bags until I can get it to the mill to be made into yarn. I leave the tops open, and I put in a dryer sheet to discourage moths.

There are 2 different breeds of alpaca, suri & huacaya. Huacaya fiber is fluffy & similar to wool. Suri fiber is very silky & comes in locks. Due to differences in the fiber structure, suri can be very difficult to spin into yarn on its own. Suri yarn is a lot like silk, very drapey but with little memory.
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