Hey, don't look at me! I'm naked and feeling embarrassed."
This baby alpaca, called a cria, has just been shorn.
Alpaca wool is expensive, $1.50/oz. and up. That's unwashed, uncarded, and there is always waste because some fibers are too short to spin. The wool is very desirable because it is so soft, luxurious, and warm. When you wear it, it is never itchy.
The fleece is washed and carded into roving. The colors at the front are natural and at the back are dyed.
Llamas are much bigger cousins of alpacas. Can you believe how many sweater's worth of fleece this guy is wearing???
This is not a llama or alpaca. A few fiber rabbits sneaked in. This guy's wool is the highest priced of all, $6 oz.
Someone always has a new idea for using wool. This one is for the birds! I think I will be making one for my birds with my grape vine prunings and trimmings from a fleece I bought last year. I can't imagine anything nicer for baby birds to snuggle in.
I usually spin my own homespun wool, but the colors and texture of this skein were too much to resist. The photo doesn't do it justice as the blues are darker than the camera shows and it has small bits of bleached Irish linen added.
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