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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Here's a Llama, There's a Llama, And another Little Llama...



Yesterday I did some more combing. I decided to try some raw llama I had and it was a definite improvement over the mohair. At top, you can see the llama. It was originally unwashed but had been sent through a drum carder. I went ahead and washed it just to get out as much of the dust as possible. Llamas don't have the grease in their coats like sheep do, but they take dust baths, ironically to stay clean. Because of this, there was a lot of VM (unprocessed for those of you that care) in the fiber. Combing is an excellent way to remove VM, shorter snips of fiber (called second cuts) and any noils and mats that you wouldn't want in your yarn (this is why the combed fiber is called "top" - its top quality). At the bottom of the above picture, you can see the combed top. I am pretty proud of how the top looks considering this was only my second combing session. Below, you can see a bit of yarn I spun from the top.
I have a pound of this llama fiber and its so soft and drapy that I'm thinking about spinning part of it for a Mobius or a smoke ring thing around my neck. The color is a pale fawn so I will definitely be dying it (beiges and fawn colors don't look good on me, I do much better with grey's). And by the way, yes, I was singing the Llama Song the whole time I was combing and spinning.

1 Comments:

Blogger crazycatladymel said...

Your title was all it took... luckily, this is one of the few songs in existence I don't mind getting stuck in my head!c

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