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« Reply #15: November 13, 2007, 05:00:26 pm »

An unwashed fleece (not a pelt, I believe, unless they take the skin off too) is such a lot of work, it's an intense labor of love.  There will be vegetable matter (VM) poop, and snarls.   There is no easy way to get the VM out.  Pick and comb.  Keep in mind, if he's giving it to you for free, it's because he doesn't feel it would be accepted by a fiber mill.  But if you don't let that discourage you, there's no reason why you can't use it.

You're right...it IS a fleece I've been given. D'oh.

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As for carding and spinning... I'd go right to prepared fiber, or you'll hate the process before you start.  But hand carders mentioned before will do fine when you're ready to start spinning your own fleece.  And as for the spinning, I have a deep love for my Turkish drop spindle that I got from Jenkins Woodworking.

I have a wheel that I love, a Louet, but I'd encourage you to go with the 30 dollar drop spindle (or make one out of cd's and a dowel http://danielson.laurentian.ca/qualityoflife/Fulltext/Textiles/Making_a_cd_drop_spindle.htm) before you drop 300+ on a wheel.

There is just so much info that one could stuff into a post to answer your question.  You've certainly inherited the whole process with that fleece.  I really hope you enjoy it, because it's a rewarding process.  I would stick to clean fleeces in the future, but that's just because I've spoiled myself.  I get bitchy when I have to separate a burdock from my locks Cheesy 


Thanks for the links. I've saved them to study later when I feel better.  Smiley

As for cleaning and carding the fleece, I'm planning on working on it in small chunks...not all at once. Besides, I've been known to sit for hours on end combing and brushing dogs with heavy coats (I've had two) to get the snarls, etc, out.  I find it rather peaceful and relaxing.  Wink

I don't happen to have any old cds lying around that I can make a spindle with...not even a free AOHell cd! I'll definately keep this in mind however.

As for clean fleeces, I don't have any so I'm going to have to start with a dirty one. Wink

As for the fleece I was given....it isn't wanted by the purchaser of the llama. He's not interested in the yarn or anything else that can be made from it and was just going to trash it.
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« Reply #16: November 13, 2007, 05:09:54 pm »

There is just so much info that one could stuff into a post to answer your question.  You've certainly inherited the whole process with that fleece.  I really hope you enjoy it, because it's a rewarding process.  I would stick to clean fleeces in the future, but that's just because I've spoiled myself.  I get bitchy when I have to separate a burdock from my locks Cheesy 

Speaking of seperating burrs from your locks...

The fellow who gave me the llama fleece also bought two sheep for a guy he knows. When I helped load them, I automatically grabbed one of them when it tried to make a break and get past me and got my finger stuck...the entire bottom part of its fleec, from neck to rump and shoulders down, was FULL of burrs!  Shocked The second one was just as bad! Shocked Shocked
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« Reply #17: November 13, 2007, 06:25:29 pm »

Speaking of seperating burrs from your locks...

The fellow who gave me the llama fleece also bought two sheep for a guy he knows. When I helped load them, I automatically grabbed one of them when it tried to make a break and get past me and got my finger stuck...the entire bottom part of its fleec, from neck to rump and shoulders down, was FULL of burrs!  Shocked The second one was just as bad! Shocked Shocked

A lot of people who keep sheep for fiber will have them wear coats.  I don't know if that's the correct word, but they wrap them up so they collect minimal veggie matter.

If the guy with the llama doesn't think along fiber lines at all, that would explain why he's happy to get rid of it.  And if you're patient with stuff like that, well, it couldn't have gone to a better person Cheesy  I can't wait to see what becomes of it.
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« Reply #18: November 13, 2007, 06:50:36 pm »

A lot of people who keep sheep for fiber will have them wear coats.  I don't know if that's the correct word, but they wrap them up so they collect minimal veggie matter.

You mean sheep blankets?  They're not just for keeping vegetable matter out but also so the wool doesn't sunburn.  Wink

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If the guy with the llama doesn't think along fiber lines at all, that would explain why he's happy to get rid of it.  And if you're patient with stuff like that, well, it couldn't have gone to a better person Cheesy  I can't wait to see what becomes of it.

Be just my luck to get fleeces from him in the future, too.  Wink I find it rather relaxing to sit and brush and comb and work, too. As for waiting to see what becomes of it, I have to wait too!  Cheesy
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