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A Daily Dose of Fiber

August 10, 2009

I skirted and prepared over 30# of alpaca fleeces this weekend. They will be sent off to the mill for processing into a worsted weight yarn which I will dye. While preparing these fibers it was fun to imagine the personality of the individual animal they came off of. From the dirty juvenile to the pristine queen.

Ready to start

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Onto the skirting table where as much trash (sticks, hay, stuff) is removed as well as any fiber that is not good quality (second cuts, guard hair).

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Then into the tumbler. Here the sand, more debris and short cuts fall out.

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Beautiful “clean” fleece. It will be washed and further separated at the mill.

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All bagged and ready to go

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And now I am off to a three day Spinning Colorwork for Knitting workshop with Lynne Vogel at Harrisville Designs. Very cool.

Peace

Cynthia

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