All posts tagged: alpaca

Waste not, want not – an alpaca scrap rug

Rigid heddle alpaca rug

What to do with a sackful of alpaca that’s really too short and scrappy to spin? Spin it anyway! Two passes through the Ashford fine drum carder and it was looking relatively decent. I then corespun it on the Country Spinner over some dodgy commercial mohair blend and thew it at the rigid heddle loom and voila, bedside rug. Yep, you really want to get your toes into …

Building a DIY wool picker

DIY wool picker

EDIT: There seem to be an awful lot of people in the world trying to build wool pickers! If you enjoy this post or build something, I’d love to hear about it in the comments. You might also like a new project I’m working on: Building an electric spinning wheel – Part 1 Thanks for reading! ………………… With the imminent arrival of half a flock …

Alpaca dreams

The long journey from alpaca fleece to something usable has begun. Having found a fantastic supply of alpaca fleece on eBay Kleinanzeigen at an irresistible price, I ordered six kilos. I didn’t really think about the wheres or hows or whys of this decision until this box arrived … Mr DHL wouldn’t even carry it up the stairs … I’d originally planned it so this guilty purchase would arrive …