Washing The Alpaca fleece for Spinning
| Front-side of the fleece. This is a piece that I have not prepared yet.
Purchase at the 1st Annual Alpaca Festival – Maryland
Now the boring stuff is out the way. Yesterday was about The Alpaca.
|Alpaca – Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival|
I wash my fiber first. Even after the fiber has been properly wash there will still be dirt that will come off the fiber during the time you are making batts with the drum carder.
|Salt and Pepper|
Color: Dark Brownish Rich Red (gorgeous color)
Feel: somewhat soft
Staple length: 2 inches=5.08 centimeters
Condition: Extremely dirty
Alpaca is lovely soft, and beautiful, even after you have hand spun it, and even after twist is set.
This will be the only time that I am really serious and extremely careful. This would includ:
Temperature of the water
No agitating at all.
Prepping the water:
Temperature of the Water: 120 Degrees.
I boil my water and pour it in the sink, and add cold/luke warm water form the faucet to get it to 120 degrees. I check my water temperature in the sink.
Pot’s: 1 large pasta pot is used to boil the water, a person on Ravelry recommend the Habor Freight Pasta pots, I use those pots set. When I am preparing the water for the sink. I also place a stainless steel sauce pan in the water, this will be my anchor to hold down the lingerie bags
1 tablespoon of Dawn.
4 bags at the most. (I have a deep kitchen sink.)
Wooden long spoon.
Start boiling your water
Make sure you sink is clean
Temperature is 120 degrees
You do not use soap in the wash.
Make sure you have another clean sauce pan to place in the water to hold down the lingerie bag.
Until your water is clear. It can take from 3-6 rinses before your water is clear. I have prepared fleece that was so nasty that the water still had a hint of dirt in it, including setting the twist after spinning.
I would check after 4 hours if you are in a warmer climate area. I check the fleece the next morning. I’m on the East Coast of the US.
Personally, I wanted to learn how to spin raw fiber, and I came across many YouTube videos of people processing wool. Then finally I came across a YouTube video processing Alpaca fleece.
I have provided this video, so you know what to look for when purchasing alpaca fleece.
Hope This help you.
I am not an expert at all, just helping you to avoid the mistakes I made.
Be good to yourself.
Till next time.