I am a spinner from way back--I used to be co-owner of a spinning and weaving shop in Washington state. I've been dragging my spinning wheel around with me as we've moved from state to state, but I haven't used it much in recent years.
Now that I have a bunch of lovely fibers, it's time to dust off the wheel and get to work.
|From Kai, the llama|
The first two photos show Kai's fiber (it isn't actually called wool, as I understand it), straight from the llama. Lots of things will happen to it before it gets spun, and I will document the process in upcoming posts. As you can see, the fiber is made up of longer hairs and a soft undercoat.
|Kai's fiber from underneath|
The wool is fine, long fibered, and clean. Of course, "clean" is relative with all newly-shorn animal fibers, and the first step will be to pick through and remove vegetable matter, dirt, and other goodies. Then the fibers will be sorted, washed, teased, and carded before they can be spun. I'll be glad to share the experience with you.
|All three together|
How interesting! I am learning something completely new to me.
This will be very cool to watch. Thanks!
Fascinating!! I love this! And I love you for doing this! :-)
I never dreamed when I first got Kai that I (or anyone else, lol) would ever actually be able to do anything with her fiber.
How interesting to see all three of the different fibers together.
Ok, I'm ready for part two.
Those three fibers are lovely together! I look forward to seeing the process, Clair.
Very cool! I have never learned to spin even though I have a spinning wheel and have access to hand spindles. Hmmm. Maybe some day!
I would imagine this will be quite a process from start to finish, requiring a lot of patience. I have a friend at work that spins. How cool would it be to have something that went from hand spun to wearable!
Look forward to your series.
I start my trip back to NM tomorrow. Not quite ready to leave yet, but so it goes.
this is going to be a lot of fun watching the progress here. that is some gorgeous fiber. I learned to spin years ago and always wanted to get a wheel but it's still on my wish list! I'm so happy you're doing this!
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