Even though we’ve got a workshop full of monstrously expensive equipment that can spin fleece to yarn a hundred times quicker than I can do it by hand, I still enjoy handspinning whenever I get the chance.
Alpaca fibre is a dream to spin with, although the raw fleece can be a bit of a pain because of the amount of dust and vegetable matter. To get around this, we produce rovings – long ‘sausages’ of washed, dehaired and carded fibre – which are much easier and more enjoyable to spin with.
So in a couple of evenings you can go from this:
And if you add in a simple loom, another afternoon or couple of evenings can take you to this:
How totally amazing is that?