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Manasi
Chatty Knitter

United Kingdom
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Posted - 12/05/2005 :  12:09:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit Manasi's Homepage Send Manasi a Private Message
I bought a raw alpaca fleece It's dusty & has grass, leaves etc stuck in it. It's not greasy but what's the most efficient way of getting the dirt off before carding it?

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kdcrowley
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USA
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Posted - 12/05/2005 :  12:43:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit kdcrowley's Homepage Send kdcrowley a Private Message
Just wash it in a tub of warmish water with some soap. No agitation so that you don't get felt.

You may have to wash a couple of times, to get all the dirt out....Alpaca's like to roll.

Then just pick out the worst of the stuff. Carding and combing will get the rest out.

Kelley

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Manasi
Chatty Knitter

United Kingdom
297 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2005 :  1:16:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit Manasi's Homepage Send Manasi a Private Message
Cool. Since I dont have very much, that should work out fine. Thanks!
by the way, does it take long to dry?

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Cayli1
Seriously Hooked

USA
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Posted - 12/05/2005 :  2:04:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit Cayli1's Homepage Send Cayli1 a Private Message
If you want it to dry faster you can spin it dry in the washer. Just make sure the water is turned off and run it through the spin cycle.

Cayli in San Diego

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Manasi
Chatty Knitter

United Kingdom
297 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2005 :  2:47:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit Manasi's Homepage Send Manasi a Private Message
Awesome. I always wanted to try that but was scared that it might felt the wool. But since there's only centrifugal motion & no agitation...
thanks Cayli

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SpottedTApps
New Pal

USA
41 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2005 :  11:17:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit SpottedTApps's Homepage Send SpottedTApps a Private Message
I will just comb it and 95% of the vegitable matter falls out. I spin it then wash it to set it. Always comes out beautifully.

I have some new llama that I just got from DB that I have been doing that with.
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Manasi
Chatty Knitter

United Kingdom
297 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2005 :  12:37:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit Manasi's Homepage Send Manasi a Private Message
Hmm.I need to look into some combs...
i tried pulling it apart & a lot of VM fell out. but that only works in the first 2-3 times you do that - then it stays. the really small stuff never falls out but i'm hoping i'll get to that when i spin.


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