I’ve taken photos with the intention to share on this site, but never got around to it. This time, I took the shots and immediately sit down with pen in hand (or phone in palm).
I was given a large amount of alpaca wool. The owner sells breeding animals, and shears them because they need it. The wool is mostly cream with some brown, and chopped up with a ton of second cuts.
Not suitable for drop spindle use, but decent enough for the spinning wheel. I used my hitchhiker because it give me a fast spin. And because it takes up less room at the couch.
I typically spin finer than this, but this fiber just didn’t like it that fine. I probably should have put more twist in the single, but it broke most often at those thinner sections. Nice texture, and the short cuts make for a nice halo. This wool is destined for a hat for the alpaca owner.
I fulled the yarn after plying it. I wasn’t able to thoroughly wash the wool because of the shorts, but I washed the snot out of the yarn.
By fulling, I used hot soapy water, hotter than I can stand and swished the yarn around. When that water was clean, I shocked it with very cold water and agitation. Then I took it outside to beat each quadrant on the table three or four times before hanging to dry.
See how balanced it is? I don’t consciously consider the amount of twist, I just spin and ply until it looks good. As one other spinner mentioned (and I’m stealing the phrase, but can’t give credit because I forgot her name) I’m a production spinner, not a process spinner.