Sooo...For this week's manual therapy (aka keeping my arthritic fingers mobile!), I dehaired almost a pound of raw Alpaca. It was incredibly relaxing and I find that I really connect with my fiber when I take the time to process it carefully. Some was dyed, some was undyed, all was pre-washed. Next time I may see about dehairing before I wash the fiber.
He's a videoblog post about it (and some random ramblings as well!) And as an added bonus for those of you who visit the blog, here are a bunch of pictures showing some close ups of alpaca fiber vs. guard hair.
|Alpaca before dehairing|
|Alpaca after dehairing|
|Alpaca fiber on the left, Guard hair on the right|
|Finger twisted guard hair - adding this to another fiber|
would make some very strong yarn/cord