Lovely, lovely Baby Suri Alpaca from Sasha!
How soft you are, all fuzzy white! I can't wait to spin this. I'm so on the fence about dyeing it/not dyeing it. I love the fiber and worry I'd screw it up dyeing it...but I love color too....hmm. What do you guys think? 7 and 5/8 oz total.
Now....Quiviut Part I:
Laura sent me 3 oz of raw quiviut fiber to spin for her a while back. Now, I'm feeling guilty because I haven't finished it, and I got the package she sent me today! So, getting serious about the quiviut spin!
OK. I haven't actually started spinning it. It came as raw fiber, collected off of the musk ox, twigs, and rocks. In little clumps. One ounce of the fiber was packed in a small ziploc sandwich bag. After prepping the same ounce for spinning, the same fiber (above) now fits into a gallon ziploc.
The raw quiviut clumps, pre-prep:
And again, raw quiviut, pre-prep:
Now, I know those didn't look too bad, too dirty, etc. But can you see how they're kinda rolled up? Well, when you unroll them and pull the fibers apart, you can see the guard hair, bits and bobs, and dandruff stuck in there that you wanna get out before you spin it.
And prepped for the spin:
And again: all floofed and fluffed for spin: you can totally see how light and lofty this fiber is. The individual down fibers are so fine, I have a hard time distinguishing them! This stuff is soft. So soft!
And because its apparently the lightest fiber out there, one oz of this stuff is a lot more actual fiber than 1 oz of other stuff. You know the whole pound of feathers pile being bigger than the pound of bricks pile.
I'm prepping it! I should take a pic of the acutal dirt and guard hair I pull out of it....you know, I found a whole, dead balled up dried up spider the size of a pea in one clump! Hence the careful cleaning.
Oh yeah, and if you want your own quiviut to play spinny goddess with, Laura got her's here!