During our local fiber fair I picked up some alpaca fiber. Only two ounces as the stuff isn’t cheap. Oh man! I think I am in love. I spun it the other day while I was at market. So soft, so wonderful, so pretty. The roving I got was two toned. It was a lovely brown and white. When I spun it the yarn comes out a stripy two-tone that kind of looks like a peppermint twist but in different colors. Beautiful.
I have a friend with lots of alpacas and she has a couple that have this beautiful red fiber. I want some! I’m thinking instead of sheep or goats I might have to go the alpaca route. My only major problem is that I really know nothing about raising alpacas or any other camelid. At least I would have sources local to me. I have the one friend with alpacas and another with llamas. They should be able to direct me to things like which vet is better with that type of animal and who would be able to shear for me. I might attempt shearing myself but I don’t know yet.
So my whole point to this is that if anyone wants to gift me alpaca fiber I would be a very happy recipient. I’ll be interested to see how I like spinning the mohair and angora I picked up in addition to the alpaca. I think that the experimenting is one of my favorite things about spinning.