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Tips: Washing Llama/Alpaca fiber
Tips: Washing Llama/Alpaca fiber

Never tried washing camelid fiber? Now's a great time to give it a go! It is a much more resilient fiber than most people think! Here is how the sheep wash camelid fiber:

WATER TEMPERATURE:I use warm water, a little warmer than luke warm - to wash camelid fiber. There is no need for blasting hot water since the fiber does not have any lanolin- as in sheep wool. With warm water, you are able to 'mess with' or move the fiber around with out worry of felting too. Yey!

SOAP:A dab of Dawn dishsoap, laundry soap, or I like to use Orvis paste soap (an animal shampoo).

Washing: Fill sink/top loading washer with warm water, soap of choice. Add the fiber, making sure it all soaks down into the soak. Let soak for about 1/2 hour, then set washer to spin.... (no agitation!)

Refill sink/washer with warm water, add fiber, let soak for 1/2 hour or so. Before you spin this out, go ahead and swish the fiber around a little, this helps loosen some of the dust those stinkers like to collect.

Repeat until you are happy with the cleanliness of the fiber.

Allow to dry and wa-la. If you plan to dye the fiber, pop into your dyepots with out drying.... just have fun! Fiber is an adventure!!

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News Update

4/22/14-The fleece sorting has officially begun! Let us know if you have a favorite sheep you would like fleece from ok? We'll get your name on the list!

Please don't forget we have wool and handspun yarn available year round. Just send an email if you are looking for something specific! Smooches from the sheep!

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