Rocking Circle P

Rocking Circle P is my small farm in Northeastern rural Utah. We're a small fruit, nut and fiber farm.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Should I throw it away?

Gosh, I hate to throw alpaca away, but this fiber is way sad. You won't believe this story, but it is true.

My neighbor, Dale was told that Alpaca was a tasty meat, so he sent our mutual friend out on an Alpaca hunt. Well one was found at the local sales barn. An older animal, that had been a herd guard animal. He paid $25.00 for this animal. When I found out, I tried to buy the animal from him for $50.00. Thought I might be able to get a couple of clippings off of him before he died. "'s not for sale", Dale said. So I convinced him to shear the animal first and give me the saddle portion. The poor alpaca was very neglected and rough looking. It took four ole cowboys to hold it down long enough to shear it. Dale did give me this fiber and he said alpaca is just as tasty as his ole buddy told him it was.

But I'm afraid this fiber is just trash. I would take any advise from someone who may know how to salvage anything like this. I have been able to get a little bit, but some of the stuff is just this nasty. It's filled with vegetable matter and after carding some of it, I'm not sure I can get it all out. I'm sure if I try to spin it some will end up in the fiber.

Any suggestions?


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