Sunday, 30 December 2007

Starting on the big alpaca wash

alpaca wash
Originally uploaded by snowberrylime
As I am currently in Switzerland and was lucky enough to receive about 18kg of Suri Alpaca from a local farm for Christmas, I started washing the lovely fluff.
There is lots of dark brown, almost black alpaca, quite a bit of lighter fawn and the rest is white so it can be dyed.

In the white bucket is only water, yes, rather dirty water, but just water nonetheless... On the right is the alpaca after the first wash in some clean water.
It's now all lying out to dry and then I can take some of it back to Germany with me for spinning some fluffy bulky yarns!

The bad news is that I will have to move again, although I have just moved 3 months ago! My landlady burned down her own house with a gas explosion so she will need the little flat she rented out to me as soon as possible... nevermind.... *sigh* ...will have to pack everything up again after just about having settled in my flat....


Elemmaciltur said...

OMG...your landlady burned down her house? I'm sorry for her...and for you to have to move again.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear you have to move again. I'm glad your landlady is ok though, would have been worse if you had to move because she wasn't. Nice Alpaca V!

knittingajour said...

AHH! What a pile of Alpaca! Lucky you. But sorry to hear about moving again, that's stressfull..
Good luck.

lemonquasar said...

Wow, is that dirty water! Sometimes I can't believe how thick the water looks after the first wash. How unfortunate that you have to pack up again and move.

Snowberry & Lime said...

Thanks for the nice comments - I already felt much better about the whole moving-to-come after having read them. :) The landlady is fine and the alpaca is almost dry!