Exhibit A: The newly sheared alpaca, weighing in at 2 ounces.
Exhibit E: The Spin Cycle (via $2.98 salad spinner from Walmart) You can probably see the crud left in the sink post rinse cycle. I learned to do 2 wash cycles and 2 rinse cycles after the first batch.
Exhibits F & G: Drying Time (Alpaca is taken from spinner and spread out on a screened frame--in the bathtub!)
And for the Grand Finale: Look how pretty it is after it has been carded!
And then I carded it with a little soy silk because alpaca fibers are short and soy silk fibers are long and the combo makes it much easier to make some yarn, and the result is a--so far--single ply strand that feels like I've spun clouds into yarn! It's so awesomely soft!